The Country Financial Security Index rose 0.8 points to 64.9 in February, marking the first time the index has risen at the start of the year since Country Financial began the index in 2007.

Twenty-one percent planned to boost savings this year, and 47% set aside money this month, up from 44% in December and the largest percentage in more than a year. Forty-one percent rate their overall level of financial security as positive, up from 39% in December.

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