Why So Many Americans Distrust the Federal Reserve

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One of the few topics on which most Americans can agree seems to be a distrust in the nation’s banking system. A 2015 Gallup poll revealed that the only federal agency in the United States with a consistently lower approval rating than the Federal Reserve was the Internal Revenue Service. That’s a shockingly low level of trust and approval.

Even big-time politicians on both sides of the political spectrum take turns in blasting the Federal Reserve. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused the Federal Reserve of keeping interest rates low to protect the image of the current Democratic administration. Numerous Democrats have gone on record to criticize Republican attempts to raise interest rates.

The average American has a much simpler reason to dislike and distrust the Federal Reserve. Simply put, they’ve been burned before, and the memory is still fresh in their minds.

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The 2008 bank bailouts left a bad taste in the mouths of Americans across the country. The majority opinion in the general public seemed to be that the government had no business bailing out banks that got themselves into a mess with terrible mortgage loans and lending practices. Politicians on both sides of the spectrum have said the bailout helped banks, but at the expense of the average taxpayer.

Many people lost a lot of money in the 2008 economic recession, especially people who had mortgage loans. Much of this is due to a lack of care by the big banks, who flouted the responsibility they have with the money of their constituents.

Don’t rely on the big banks

If you are among those who have a distaste for the big banks as a result of the bailout and their reckless practices, there are still plenty of options you have to save money without relying on traditional savings practices that only serve to line the bankers’ pockets.

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