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Savings are as important as income: Low-income families with savings of $2,000 to $4,999 are more financially resilient than middle-income families without savings. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Everyone should have an emergency fund. Generating an income is necessary to meet your day-to-day expenses, but having an emergency fund is an asset — and it’s critically important. It’s a form of wealth—something that can help you navigate a financial setback, like an unexpected bill or the loss of a job.

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