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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Thirty Percent of Americans Have Zero or Negative Wealth

Christopher Matthews at Axios:
A greater share of Americans have more debt than money in the bank than at any point since 1962, according to Deutsche Bank economist Torsten Slok. And, in a note to clients yesterday, Slok said that, despite record stock market wealth and home price levels just shy of housing-bubble highs, Americans are poorer than at any point in nearly a quarter century.
Why it matters: The data suggest that the third-longest economic expansion in history, and the lowest jobless rate in 17 years, has benefitted an exceedingly thin slice of the American public.
Reproduced from Edward N. Wolf, Survey of Consumer Finances, Deutsche Bank Global Markets Research; Chart: Axios Visuals