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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, […]


Bridgewater’s Dalio Warns “There’s A War Going On… And Taxes Won’t Help”

The founder and CEO of Bridgewater, the world's largest hedge fund, was not exactly cock-a-hoop about Trump's tax reform plan ahead of this week's successful vote, and now that the details are out, Ray Dalio explains why the tax changes don't do what's needed to help America… When we look at the tax plan holistically, […]


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 ‘Pecking Order’ In A World Of Hollow Freedoms

Authored by Ben Hunt via Epsilon Theory blog, "If we can agree that trickle down is just a ruse invented to trick the gullible, we should also agree that any and all QE is robbery in plain daylight." Out of all the animals we keep on our “farm”, chickens are the only ones that bring […]


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 […]


DOJ Launches Probe Into Harvard’s Affirmative Action Admissions

The Department of Justice is taking its first tentative steps toward dismantling the 40-year-old system of affirmative action that governs admissions at US colleges and universities by opening an investigation into the admissions practices of America’s oldest and most venerated institution of higher education: Harvard. According to the Wall Street Journal, the DOJ’s investigation into […]


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, […]


Why Populism Isn’t Going Away

Authored by Ronald-Peter Stoferle via The Mises Institute, The vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump has baffled the main stream and the establishment. Most market participants and observers didn't believe ex ante that they were possible, and as a result were completely surprised when the unexpected happened. Ever since the term populism […]


George Soros To Congress: “Please Don’t Cut My Taxes”

After transferring over the bulk of his personal wealth to his “Open Society” Foundation – the umbrella organization for a network of dozens of political groups that push Soros’s far-left agenda across the US and Europe, Soros is still comfortable enough to justify giving away even more of his money – this time to the […]


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. […]


How Central Banks Widen Wealth And Income Gaps

Authored by Hal Snarr via The Mises Institute, The Federal Reserve’s latest Survey of Consumer Finances, according to Federal Reserve Governor Brainard, shows that the share of income held by the top 1 percent of households has risen from 17 percent in 1988 to 24 percent in 2015, and that the wealth held by that […]


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 […]


Child Poverty In Britain Set To Reach New Record High

"Across all regions, relative child poverty is projected to increase markedly," according to new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The thinktank predicts an increase of more than a million in the number of children living in poverty, more than reversing all the progress made over the past 20 years. As The Guardian reports, […]


What’s Driving Social Discord: Russian Social Media Meddling Or Soaring Wealth/Power Inequality?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The nation's elites are desperate to misdirect us from the financial and power divide that has enriched and empowered them at the expense of the unprotected many. There are two competing explanatory narratives battling for mind-share in the U.S.: 1. The nation's social discord is the direct […]