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December 17, 2017, 11:56:06 PM
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Yes,the wealth is unevenly distributed among the society.Rich get more richer while the poor become more poorer.This is the greatest disadvantage of today's economic system.But bitcoin is slowly changing this scenario.Even in bitcoin too,rich people get more richer. But it also provides
more opportunities to unemployed poor people.What they need is a laptop or smartphone and an internet connection to enter bitcoin world.

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December 19, 2017, 09:46:21 PM
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I looked into the data for one of these reports and was shocked. Basically if you're living in a western country and reading this on a PC or mobile device then you are in the richest 1% of the world.
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The richest 1% now owns more than half of all the world’s household wealth, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. And they say inequality is only going to get worse over the coming years, with millennials having a particularly tough time.

The Swiss bank released its latest Global Wealth Report on Tuesday, together with a statement that contained the immortal phrase, “The outlook for the millionaire segment is more optimistic than for the bottom of the wealth pyramid.”

The research showed that there are increasing numbers of dollar millionaires. This is partly because the strength of the euro has created 620,000 more of them in Germany, France, Italy and Spain (conversely, depreciating currencies in the U.K. and Japan have seen 34,000 and over 300,000 people in those countries respectively lose the status).

But almost half of the new dollar millionaires are in the U.S. itself. “So far, the Trump Presidency has seen businesses flourish and employment grow, though the ongoing supportive role played by the Federal Reserve has undoubtedly played a part here as well, and wealth inequality remains a prominent issue,” said Michael O’Sullivan, CIO for International Wealth Management at Credit Suisse.

Credit Suisse expects to see a 22% rise in dollar millionaires by 2022, from 36 million to 44 million. The problem is, the numbers of adults who have less than $10,000 are expected to shrink by only 4%.

The bank’s researchers see wealth inequality as largely being a result of the financial crisis— it rose across the world between 2007 and 2016, because financial assets were growing faster than non-financial assets. The top 1% started the millennium owning 45.5% of all wealth, and now they have 50.1%.

As for what’s been happening since mid-2016, Credit Suisse described a mixed picture. Non-financial wealth has been increasing “substantially,” but inequality is still rising.

“Despite higher mean wealth per adult, median wealth fell again this year in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Our projections for 2022 suggest more pessimistic scenarios for the immediate years ahead,” the researchers said.

“Looking at the bottom of the wealth distribution, 3.5 billion people—corresponding to 70% of all adults in the world—own less than $10,000. Those with low wealth tend to be disproportionately found among the younger age groups, who have had little chance to accumulate assets, but we find that millennials face particularly challenging circumstances compared to other generations,” they wrote.

Essentially, millennials are more likely to be unemployed or earning less, priced out of the housing market, and unable to get a pension. Baby boomers have most of the wealth and the housing, so “millennials are doing less well than their parents at the same age.”

Millennials may be better educated than earlier generations, but Credit Suisse’s researchers said they expected only a “minority of high achievers and those in high-demand sectors such as technology or finance to effectively overcome the ‘millennial disadvantage.'”

http://fortune.com/2017/11/14/credit-suisse-millionaires-millennials-inequality/

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Here we have an interesting piece on wealth and wage inequality.

Historically wealth distribution was defined by something known as the 20/80 rule. It was a loose rule of thumb that roughly 20% of the population owned 80% of the wealth. Today that divide has increased to a point where 1% of the population owns 50% of the wealth. This implies that while productivity and technology are increasing the profits are increasingly being distributed disproportionately across the population.

This is an interesting point for discussion as some of the things capitalism or socialism are blamed for might be traced back to wealth and wage inequality. Its also an interesting point as real inflation could be growing faster than wages which could produce catastrophic results over the long term.

Many markets and industries across global economies could suffer as wages stagnate. This could have a negative impact across real estate and many other areas which could expect inevitable downturns leading to recession/depression.

An attempt at greater equality in terms of wealth and wages has the potential to cure many issues facing society.

Reading the article there could be a lot of misinformation and lies in it also.

The inequality of wealth is something that is only going to continue to get worse and worse. One day it wouldn't surprise me to see the owning 90% or more, it sounds extreme but it's just the world we live in, scarcity is behind it all and that will only continue. It's even true for bitcoin, the top owners own a huge portion of it.

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