High 0.1%: How A lot Wealth Does It Take?



I used to be engaged on an extended piece about which financial strata the Fed has the best influence on (its extra sophisticated than you would possibly assume) when Invictus DM’d me this superb FRED chart. We checked out this concept earlier this yr, nevertheless it’s price revisiting.

Utilizing information from the Federal Reserve, FRED analyzed 5 classes: High 0.1%, the remainder of the highest 1%, the remainder of the highest 10%, the remainder of the highest 50%, and the underside half. (Observe this information is up to date each 3 years, and the chart above runs by way of 2019).

To be in every class required a minimal wealth of:

$38 million for the highest 0.1%;
$10 million for subsequent 0.9% (the remainder of the highest 1%)
$1.8 million for subsequent 9% (remainder of high 10%)
$165,382 subsequent 40% (remainder of high half)
0$ for the underside 50%

Probably the most fascinating statement to me: “It’s tougher, comparatively talking, to maneuver from the underside 50% into the highest 10% than it’s to maneuver from the highest 10% into the highest 0.1%.” And, “the edge to get into the wealthiest 10% has risen noticeably quicker than the thresholds for the opposite brackets.”

It’s all fairly intriguing with deep societal ramifications. Extra on this later this week…



The Tremendous Rich versus the Merely Wealthy (February 7, 2022)

Wealth Distribution Evaluation (July 18, 2019)

Wealth Distribution in America (April 11, 2019)

Composition of Wealth Differs: Center Class to the High 1% (June 5, 2019)

No, Your iPhone Does Not Make You Rich (June 4, 2018)

Wages in America (2013-2021)



Transferring between wealth brackets: Minimal cutoffs from the Distributional Monetary Accounts
The Fred Weblog, December 5, 2022


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