December 2004
Journal of Financial Planning;Dec2004, Vol. 17 Issue 12, p21
Academic Journal
This section presents statistics related to financial planning issues in the U.S., as of December 2004. 60 percent of homeowners' property is overassessed for property tax purposes according to the National Taxpayers Union. 1 out of every 50 homeowners challenge their property tax assessment and 16 percent of 401 (k) assets was allocated to company stock in 2002, versus 19 percent in 1999 reported by the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, 7 out of every ten U.S. consumers who have private health insurance say they have a favorable opinion of the new health savings accounts. 74 percent of teenagers say their parents should pay half or less of the cost of college. On the other hand, $561 is the average daily cost of a nursing home in Alaska, versus $99 in Shreveport, Louisiana.


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