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Tag Archives: rich

About Inequality: Rich Get Poorer Over Time, Not Richer

I did not grow up with money. But I did work in finance for years and I have known a number of people with significant wealth. I also live in an old money town, Charlottesville, Virginia.

There is an adage about significant wealth which I think holds generally true and that is that “old money” is smaller than “new money.”

Often with older money there is some patriarch a few generations ago who made a pile of cash in some endeavor, rubber, banking, textiles, whatever. And sure, properly taken care of this wealth should grow from generation to generation. And this sometimes happens.

But never underestimate the destructive ability of an idiot son or grandson or grandsons given too much responsibility and too much money. Over time fortunes very often erode. Not always, but often. And they are always split up through the generations.

Of course this assumes a capitalist, or close to capitalist system, not a crony capitalist one like we have now.

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If you had assets before 2008 you’re probably doing fairly well, If you didn’t, well sorry

The great disconnect continues. Those who are tapped into the (crony) financialized system have seen their stocks and bonds do well as the market has ridden a Federal Reserve created bubble. Those who do not have assets, or only real estate assets, (unless they have nice arable farmland) have fallen behind. It’s a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, but the situation has been exacerbated by the central bank experiments of the last 6 years.

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Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back

Look, at a net worth of $100 million the Clintons are not wealthy, they are legitimately rich. They are not the 1%, they are the 1% of the 1%. And surprise surprise, despite all the “have and have not” nonsense coming from Madam Clinton as of late, the Clintons intend on remaining in the 1% of the 1%.

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Today’s crony economy is killing the middle class

The only people who have seen their real incomes increase under this president have been the top 5% of earners. Those with large investment portfolios have seen their assets grow – or perhaps more accurately, have watched them inflate –  while most of America has seen its income reduced over the last 5 years. Adjusted for inflation the average household in America makes less than 2008. Quite a bit less.

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Crony Capitalists at GM, Chrysler, fat and happy while Detroit starves

My bet is that within 15 years the American car manufacturers will mess things up again, but for right now they are bailout plump. The city which grew up around the big 3 is in a nearly post-apocalyptic state however. Miles and miles and miles of rust spread out from the city center where GM and Chrysler executives look down from their offices.

That is when they aren’t touring the new manufacturing facilities in China.

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