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Most Small Businesses Are Barely Saving Any Money, New Study Shows

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Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

As Federal Reserve officials gather to issue their monthly assessment of the world's largest economy, a new study lays bare the extent to which many small firms are pressed for cash. 

"Most small businesses are operating on very small margins," Diana Farrell, CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Institute, an in-house think tank that uses data from the bank to analyze the economy. "The small business sector is less full of future Googles and Ubers and tons and tons of very small operators living month to month," she said in a phone interview.