Financial Security Index Dips AgainA new poll from shows that only 17% of Americans feel better off financially than they were a year ago.'s monthly Financial Security Index fell from 93.9 to 92.8 in October, its second lowest level this year. According to, anything below 100 is a clue that in general, people are feeling less financially secure compared to 12 months ago.

"The weak economy, ailing housing sector and volatile stock market continue to undercut consumers' feelings of financial security," said Greg McBride, CFA, senior financial analyst for, in a prepared statement. "Americans' feelings about their savings, debt and net worth continue to erode."

How does your financial situation compare to a year ago
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I am thinking about bankruptcy.1 (20.0%)

Just how low folks are feeling? Only 11% of Americans said they were more comfortable with their savings now that a year ago, which was a new low. And when it comes to debt, only 20% said they were more comfortable than they were 12 months ago. That percentage has dropped monthly since June.

Meanwhile, 19% said their net worth was higher than this time last year, compared to some 30% who said their net worth had dipped.

Seniors are the group that's most earnestly crying the blues: 34% of those ages 50-64 surveyed, said they feel less secure in their jobs; 56% said they feel less comfortable with their savings, and only 5% are more comfortable. Nearly 40% of retirees say their overall financial situation is worse than a year ago, and a mere 7% are feeling things are better.

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The reason people feel worse off isbecause the Democrats who took over the economy of the country in November 2006, when they won the house and senate, have just destroyed it like socialists always do. Just look at what has happened since then. By mid 2007 the entire world knew these wealth redistribution were going to do everything they could to destroy any prosperity that anyone could possibly have or aspire to. After Obama was elected in November 2008 the destruction mode of the left went into overdrive wit the presidential veto off the table.

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