By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed
NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc has teamed up with Mastercard Inc, United Parcel Service Inc and Etsy Inc among other organizations, to build and test tools to help individuals start saving for emergencies.
The companies will work with a group of nonprofits focused on consumer financial health to build then test savings products on their employees, BlackRock said in a statement.
The program will be funded by BlackRock's previously announced $50 million commitment to its emergency savings initiative, the asset manager said.
A number of companies have in recent years taken steps to encourage employees to fund emergency accounts as they respond to data that suggests a large percentage of American households are ill-prepared to deal with a financial emergency.
A recent Federal Reserve report on the economic wellbeing of American households found that about 40% of Americans would struggle to cover an unexpected $400 expense. (Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)