Distribution of New Wealth in US circa 2001

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Kennickell, Arthur B., “A Rolling Tide: Changes in the Distribution of Wealth in the U.S., 1989-2001” (November 2003). FEDS Working Paper No. 2003-24; Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 393. Available at SSRN: ssrn.com/abstract=427720 or DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.427720

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    a) the title should be “…Net Wealth…”, not “…New Wealth…”. Makes it sound like some sort of Depression-Era government program. b) I see the disparity between the bottom 50% and the top 50% of earners, but there is no reason why any given person can’t change their level of wealth through the proper steps. Some are less advantaged than others, but that certainly does not keep them from getting a higher level of education than what is paid for by the state/local government. I challenge anyone to illustrate a circumstance wherein an individual cannot better their life. Yes there is… Read more »

    The Matrix: Rebooted

    In 2006, the median annual US household income was $48,201.00. 19.26% of all households had annual incomes exceeding $100,000.
    In other words, if you want to get out of the bottom 50%, all you need to do is get a decent degree or learn a trade skill. Being in the top 20% is pretty easy, too, if you have a plan and work at it.

    The Matrix: Rebooted

    Stats on “New Wealth” in the US would be interesting, too. I would bet that most people are in the in the same income bracket as their parents. It actually is difficult to figure out the right decisions to make at critical times in your life if you don’t have the right guidance.

    tiki god

    being in the top 2% isn’t as easy as you make it out to be…or else it wouldn’t be just 2%, would it?

    The Matrix: Rebooted

    Top 2% isn’t easy, no, I never said that. Top 2% is a statistical outlier on a gaussian curve, so its almost a mathematical necessity to have some damn good luck.
    But I still stand by make actual statement, that getting into the to 20% is just a matter of hard work and not making any major fuck-ups (getting knock-up, going to prison, etc.)


    Reboot, I know we disagree alot but here I believe you are correct, sorry tiki. My own experience shows that without a major university degree it is possible for you can make a 6 figure salary by your forties (at least for me). It won’t be instant wealth, it takes time, which I think many younger people have a problem with. They may become disillusioned because they are not making “the big bucks” right away and get upset with the “system”. Kevin Spacey says it best in “Swimming With Sharks”, “Look, I can appreciate this. I was young too, I… Read more »


    Getting to the top isn’t so easy. What is really being factored out of here, is everyone thinks this is really focusing on young 20 somethings. Are you going to tell a 50 year old man to go get a degree so he can get a better job? I really don’t foresee that, and even if 50 – 60 year olds, who are living on the bottom of the rungs, DO go get a degree, no big agencies or corporations are going to high him or her. Doesn’t happen, so that throws that out the window. If it was so… Read more »

    The Matrix: Rebooted

    “What is really being factored out of here, is everyone thinks this is really focusing on young 20 somethings. Are you going to tell a 50 year old man to go get a degree so he can get a better job?” That’s one of the harsh facts of life: That if you’re not on the right track by the time you’re 30 (at the latest), there’s no much that can be done. Life is not a rehearsal, kids. “then why are you guys on MCS, if it’s so easy, why aren’t you making $250k plus a year and driving a… Read more »


    “If it was so easy, like you make it out, Gor, Reboot, then why are you guys on MCS, if it’s so easy, why aren’t you making $250k plus a year and driving a Porsche versus arguing on a message board?” 1. My job leaves me with considerable amount of free time, so I use much of it enjoying Tiki’s fine website, 2. I’m a recent enlisted military retiree and I first have to make $100,000 before I can get to $250,000 (but seriously, I’ll probable top out at about $125,000, which is fine for a man who spent most… Read more »


    the interesting thing is that most of the people, barring those at the very top, are simply on a faster treadmill. You’d be surprised how many of the middle class, and even the lower-upper class have poor money management skills and barely keep afloat. The true upper class have enough to be reasonably insulated from poor spending decisions / habits. Food for thought: is the guy who makes $40k a year who has his car paid off, His mortgage paid down and no credit card debt less fortunate than the guy who makes $250K a year, has a house he… Read more »

    The Matrix: Rebooted

    BTW, wasting money on expensive toys, like Porsches, is exactly the kind of bad planning that makes poor people stay poor. As soon as they get a bit of cash, they blow it on bling instead of investing in themselves. I know people who are millionaires that drive used Fords. Warren Buffet lives in a modest $700,000 home in Omaha.


    ABSOLUTELY Reboot. Hell, my mini is our second car (we only have two total!). Every month my credit cards gets paid off full, the bills get paid, including my mortage (along with a couple hundred extra on the principal), I put money into my retirement funds and we still use coupons at the market.

    You are right to bring up Warren Buffet, he is a perfect example of fiscal discipline.

    Alec Dalek

    This is what happens when women make way too much of a big deal about penis size.