Despite the steady, upward trajectory of the stock market and declining unemployment figures in most states, middle-class Americans report they're less secure about their personal finances now than they've been more than two years, according to a new survey from First Command Financial Services.

First Command Financial's Behaviors Index for the first quarter saw the percentage of middle-class respondents' who feel "highly secure" about their financial future plunge 14% between November and March, a testament to the impact of soaring gasoline prices, increasing personal debt and -- in many cases -- a lack of a serious long-term financial strategy to ensure they have enough money set aside for retirement.

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