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About 40 percent of adult Americans would not be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense without selling a personal item or borrowing money, according to a new survey of U.S. households.

A survey by the Federal Reserve finds that four in ten Americans “would either not be able to cover [an unexpected expense] or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money.”

The article goes on to state the following:

That figure has improved from last year, the survey notes, when 50 percent of Americans said they would be unable to cover a surprise expenditure.

Other data in the survey found that more than 25 percent of U.S. adults avoided medical care in 2017 due to fears about unwanted costs.

In addition, “over one-fifth of adults are not able to pay all of their current month’s bills in full,” the survey continues.

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