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Only about a quarter of Americans have a written financial plan, according to new research from Charles Schwab. But among those who do, it's far from their only healthy money habit.
For example, while about 1 in 4 nonplanners (26 percent) said they never carry a credit card balance and always make any loan payments on time, or have no debt at all, 42 percent of planners were able to say the same.
Similarly, only about a quarter of nonplanners (24 percent) reported having an emergency fund. But those with a written plan were more than 2.5 times as likely (65 percent) to say they had funds at the ready for an emergency.
Schwab's 2018 Modern Wealth Index survey was released May 15, 2018.
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