Study Reveals 77% of Americans Avoid Talking About Money

Podcast Series Highlights the Financial Struggles Many People Face Today
Neal Gabler, Journalist and Author of The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans & Eve Callahan, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications

(Portland, OR, Tuesday, July 26, 2016) – According to a study by Umpqua Bank, money is the leading cause of stress in the United States and yet 77% of us avoid talking about money altogether. They also learned that 70% of people felt better, more supported and less stressed after talking about their financial stress which is why Umpqua Bank created the Open Account podcast series. Season two features stories of inspiration from individuals about their financial journey and has struck a chord with more than 300,000 downloads to date.

The recently released finale features well-known journalist, Neal Gabler who received national attention for his Atlantic piece, The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans. In this episode, shares an emotional account as one of the 47% of Americans who can’t pull together $400 in an emergency. Umpqua sat down with Neal to talk about his story and how he is redefining “success.”

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