Fewer Than 1 in 4 Americans Trust the U.S. Financial System

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Fewer Than 25% of Americans Trust the U.S. Financial SystemAmericans are growing even more distrustful of their financial institutions.

The latest figures from the quarterly Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index showed that only 23% of those surveyed said they trust the country's financial systems, down from 25% in June. The index measures trust in four areas: banks, the stock market, mutual funds and large corporations.

"The findings in this issue reflect what's been reported in the news and demonstrate the fragility of trust many Americans still have in the institutions where they invest their money," said Luigi Zingales, a finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and co-author of the Index.

Trust in banks has experienced an even steeper decline, falling from 39% in June to 33% in October. Notably, people were much more inclined to trust local banks and credit unions: More than half of those surveyed said they still had faith in those institutions.

The survey also revealed that nearly 60% of respondents were either angry or very angry about the current economic situation -- the highest level of anger measured since the earliest months of the financial crisis.
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