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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, […]


Think People Got Rich From Bitcoin? We Haven’t Seen Anything Yet..

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, Recently a group of archaeologists and anthropologists published a really interesting, comprehensive study of prehistoric civilizations and their sources in wealth. It turns out that the most prosperous people and civilizations across ancient history– and I’m talking 10,000+ years ago before any recorded history– were those who harnessed new […]


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, […]


For The First Time Ever, The Richest 1% Own More Than Half Of The World’s Wealth

Today Credit Suisse released its latest annual global wealth report, which traditionally lays out what has become the single biggest reason for the recent "anti-establishment" revulsion: an unprecedented concentration of wealth among a handful of people, as shown in Swiss bank's infamous global wealth pyramid, an arrangement which as observed by the "shocking" political backlash […]


For The First Time Ever, The Richest 1% Own More Than Half Of The World’s Wealth, Or $140 Trillion

Today Credit Suisse released its latest annual global wealth report, which traditionally lays out what has become the single biggest reason for the recent "anti-establishment" revulsion: an unprecedented concentration of wealth among a handful of people, as shown in Swiss bank's infamous global wealth pyramid, an arrangement which as observed by the "shocking" political backlash […]


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 […]


The Richest Person On Each Continent

With a stock price surge of 13% after Amazon’s most recent quarterly filing, Wall Street analysts were reportedly “shocked” by the company’s rapid growth. The e-commerce juggernaut beat both quarterly revenue and earnings forecasts, and continues to trailblaze with a 34% revenue growth rate. This boded well for the net worth of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, which […]


“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 […]


Stagnation Nation: Middle Class Wealth Is Locked Up In Housing And Retirement Funds

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The majority of middle class wealth is locked up in unproductive assets or assets that only become available upon retirement or death. One of my points in Why Governments Will Not Ban Bitcoin was to highlight how few families had the financial wherewithal to invest in bitcoin […]


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 United States Of Weinstein: Complicity, Greed, & Corruption Is The Status Quo

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, If integrity means more than any of these baubles, then prepare to fail. The theme this week is The Rot Within. The sordid story of Harvey Weinstein is being presented as an aberration. It is not an aberration; it is merely a high-profile example of how the […]


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 […]