Gasp! Rich People Are Penny-Pinching!

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Quick — pass your richest friend a hankie! His brow is probably moist with nervous sweat. A new study revealed the real-estate and banking crisis has caused rich people to fret about their financial security. According to the latest annual survey of Affluence & Wealth in America by American Express Publishing and Harrison Group, six out of ten American families with a median income of $325,000 said they are now worried about running out of money. They plan to mitigate this anxiety with cutbacks, particularly during the holiday shopping season.

“It would appear that we are shifting from an ‘I want’ to ‘I need’ economy in which people are looking out for the interest of the people they love more than their own interests. If there is a silver lining in the current malaise, growing thoughtfulness in gift giving and family purchasing may be it,” said [Jim Taylor, vice-chairman of the Harrison Group].

Quick — pass your richest friend a hankie! His brow is probably moist with nervous sweat. A new study revealed the real-estate and banking crisis has caused rich people to fret about their financial security. According to the latest annual survey of Affluence & Wealth in America by American Express Publishing and Harrison Group, six out of ten American families with a median income of $325,000 said they are now worried about running out of money. They plan to mitigate this anxiety with cutbacks, particularly during the holiday shopping season.

Gasp! Rich People Are Penny-Pinching!