What's included in national savings rate?

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Craig in GA
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What's included in national savings rate?

An excellent chapter in an excellent course. If this information had been widely available in 1985, it would have been less difficult for banks, politicians, media, etc. to have put us in this situation?
As for the savings rate, what are the components of this calculation and where might they be found in the government compilations. There are probably many more gems of information there.
Does the rate include/report IRA, 401-k, and other Federally enforced retirement provisions as savings? As expenditures?
Does it reflect retirement benefits as an income item, or as simply a transfer of wealth from one year of an individual's life to another?
Thanks.

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