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“Wealth Effect” = Widening Wealth Inequality

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Note that widening wealth and income inequality is a non-partisan trend. One of the core goals of the Federal Reserve's monetary policies of the past 9 years is to generate the "wealth effect": by pushing the valuations of stocks and bonds higher, American households will feel wealthier, […]


Four Charts Prove The ‘Economic Recovery’ Is Just A Fed-Induced Entitlement Program For The Wealthy

“Economic recovery” in America no longer means what it used to mean.  Historically “economic recovery” was largely characterized by job and wage growth, distributed across the income spectrum, and a rebound in GDP growth to north of ~3%-5%.  These days, the notion of “economic recovery” has been hijacked by the Fed and bastardized in such […]


Is Going To College Worth It? (Yes, If You’re White!)

Over the past few years, individual wealth grew for all Americans. But that doesn’t mean everybody is on level ground. HowMuch.net's graphic below shows the net worth disparity between racial groups, both with and without a college education. Source: HowMuch.net HowMuch.net created this graphic using new data from a Federal Reserve analysis of recent trends in consumer […]


The Problem Isn’t Populism: The Problem Is The Status Quo Has Failed

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The top 5% who have benefited so immensely from the consolidation of wealth and power cannot confess the status quo has failed the bottom 95%. The corporate/billionaires' media would have us believe that the crisis we face is populism, a code word for every ugly manifestation of […]


Mauldin: A Generational Reset Redistributing Wealth To The Bottom 60% Is Near

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com, Billionaire founder of top hedge fund Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio got where he is by having keen insight into both human nature and economic trends. Occasionally, he shares some of his wisdom publicly. In one of his recent articles, Dalio argues that it is a serious mistake to think […]


Millions Upon Millions of Americans Have “Negative” Wealth

Millions Upon Millions of Americans Have “Negative” Wealth Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin     While 3 Americans possess more wealth than 50% of the combined poorest, we now learn that 20% of ALL Americans have zero or negative wealth. I presume by having “negative wealth” they have lived […]


Mauldin: The Distribution Of Pain

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com, When you write about economics, you learn very quickly that the economy doesn’t care what you say about it. The forces that drive it are beyond any one person’s comprehension, much less control. But at the same time, the economy doesn’t work like a law of nature. Unlike gravity, […]


How The American Dream Turned Into Greed & Inequality

Authored by Alberto Gallo via WEForum.org, The American Dream is broken. Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, recently stated that "in our country, the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life." Yet the idea that every American has an equal opportunity to move up in life is false. […]


Three Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report

Authored by Jake Johnson via TheAntiMedia.org, “The elite ranks of our billionaire class continue to pull apart from the rest of us,” a new Institute for Policy study analysis finds. In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own […]


“If You Want To Get Rich…Climb Into A Time Machine”

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, There's a profound difference between assets that produce no income and those that produce net income. To those of us nutty enough to pore over dozens of pages of data on wealth and income in the U.S., the Federal Reserve's quarterly Z.1 reports and annual Survey of […]


Stocks Slide On Report House Considering Capping 401(k) Plans Despite Trump Vow

After a NYT report last Friday that as part of Trump tax reform, 401(k) plan contributions could be capped at $2,400 annually, Trump was quick to deny this speculation, tweeting on Monday that “There will be NO change to your 401(k). This has always been a great and popular middle class tax break that works, […]


Ray Dalio: “This Is The Most Important Economic, Political And Social Issue Of Our Time”

Every quarter, the Fed's Flow of Funds report discloses – among many other things – the total U.S. household net worth, and every quarter for the past two years this number has steadily gone up, hitting fresh all time highs with every new release, most recently $96.2 trillion, to widespread cheers from both the financial […]


Ray Dalio Explains What Is “The Most Important Economic, Political And Social Issue Of Our Time”

Every quarter, the Fed's Flow of Funds report discloses – among many other things – the total U.S. household net worth, and every quarter for the past two years this number has steadily gone up, hitting fresh all time highs with every new release, most recently $96.2 trillion, to widespread cheers from both the financial […]


The Fading Scent Of The American Dream

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwo Minds blog, The theme this week is The Rot Within. It's been 10 years since I devoted a week to the theme of The Rot Within (September 17, 2007). Back in 2007, I listed 16 systemic sources of rot in our society, politics and economy; none have been […]


Are You Better Off Than You Were 17 Years Ago?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, We tend to measure what's easily measured (and supports the status quo) and ignore what isn't easily measured (and calls the status quo into question). If we use gross domestic product (GDP) as a broad measure of prosperity, we are 160% better off than we were in […]