“Best Ever” Economy?

@TBPInvictus here, with a simple question: How much credit does Trump deserve for the current state of the economy? This should be easy to answer, but it has Trump himself keeps confusing fact and fiction, making this blurry int he eyes of some. Objective observers wonder why the compulsion to exaggerate what would normally be considered … Read More The post “Best Ever” Economy? appeared first on The Big Picture.

Income Inequality: America vs. Europe

Fascinating comparison via Vox: Income inequality is a growing problem in the United States. The richest Americans have reaped a disproportional amount of economic growth while worker wages have failed to keep pace. And the $1.5-trillion Republican-passed tax cuts from December stand to make the situation worse. One chart from the 2018 World Inequality Report highlights the unique nature of income inequality in the US… Read More The post Income Inequality: America vs. Europe appeared first on The Big Picture.

Trillion Dollar Inheritances

Bloomberg recently updated (no paywall) this giant set of infographics looking at the 25 biggest family fortunes. Whenever you see a politician wanting to get rid of the Estate tax, it has nothing to do with small businesses or family farms — the first $22 million is exempt from estate taxes (married couple) — so you… Read More The post Trillion Dollar Inheritances appeared first on The Big Picture.

Countries with the Highest Household Wealth

I am all about employment and wages this week:   click for ginormous graphic Source: How Much   These are the top ten countries among the OECD with the highest household wealth, together with the average disposable income. 1. United States: $176,076 with $44,049 in disposable income 2. Switzerland: $128,415 with $36,378 in disposable income… Read More The post Countries with the Highest Household Wealth appeared first on The Big Picture.

Household Wealth = $100.8 Trillion Dollars

Household Net Worth, June 2018 click for ginormous chart Source: Financial Accounts of the United States – Z.1   Fed Z1: The net worth of households and nonprofits rose to $100.8 trillion during the first quarter of 2018. The value of directly and indirectly held corporate equities decreased $0.4 trillion and the value of real estate… Read More The post Household Wealth = $100.8 Trillion Dollars appeared first on The Big Picture.

Why Teachers Are in Revolt

Source: The Upshot   From Upshot: the underlying conflict between public school employees and policymakers has roots in decisions made during the last recession, when states and local districts short of cash curtailed education spending for the first time in decades. This had a pronounced effect on school staffing, with layoffs hitting many states. Districts… Read More The post Why Teachers Are in Revolt appeared first on The Big Picture.

Household Net Worth is Down, except for Top 10%

Despite all-time highs in stock and home prices, household net worth is down — except for the Top 10% Source: Deutsche Bank Research   If you want a better understanding of the current age of Pseudo-Popularism and all of its discontents, you could do much worse than this simple chart above. From Torsten Sløk: One important… Read More The post Household Net Worth is Down, except for Top 10% appeared first on The Big Picture.

A Closer Look at CEO Pay

CEO Pay Rewards What Was Going to Happen Anyway Shares rise — and fall — almost regardless of the actions of top executives. Bloomberg, March 8, 2018       Compensation in all its excesses for top corporate executives is a hardy perennial for astonishment, outrage and fruitless demands for reform. I have said more than once… Read More The post A Closer Look at CEO Pay appeared first on The Big Picture.

Top 1% = $480,930 (AGI)

click for ginormous graphic Source: Bloomberg   This is quite intriguing: What does it take to get into the 1 percent? The price of admission is an adjusted gross income — basically, what you make before deductions — of $480,930. That’s according to the latest Winter 2018 edition of the Internal Revenue Service’s Statistics of Income Bulletin,… Read More The post Top 1% = $480,930 (AGI) appeared first on The Big Picture.