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Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 30
The wealth of Americans just keeps rising.
I like to keep track of what I call “real net household wealth”. That is, household net worth, subtracting out federal government debt, and adjusting for inflation. In effect, this measure assumes that households will have to eventually pay back all of the debt, and it accounts for debt owned to foreigners as well.
And guess what? This measure hit a new high of $45.3 trillion in second quarter, up 7% over a year earlier, and significantly higher than the boom peak of $44.4 trillion.
And it’s not just housing either. Real household net worth would have risen by 3% over the past year, even taking out the value of real estate.
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