Category: wealth

Booming global stock markets swell ranks of the super rich | Business | The Guardian

Global stock markets have boosted the fortunes of the super rich.

The global population of UHNW people, classed as those with more than $30m (£23m) in assets, increased by 12.9% last year to a record 255,810 people, according to a report by research firm Wealth-X.

Only 13.7% of UHNW individuals are women, but the number of women grew by 30% outstripping the 10% rate of growth for men. The study predicts that the size of the ultra-rich population will continue to increase, with the number of UHNW individuals expected to grow to 360,000 by 2022.

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Wealth abuse, taxation and religion – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Brian Morris For three long years the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse heard tragic testimony from thousands of victims of abuse perpetrated by prestigious religious institutions. And there seems no end — whether to the depths of child exploitation, to inaction by churches for preventative solutions, or to delays in compensating their victims.…

Source: Wealth abuse, taxation and religion – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony’s war on terror – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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By Vanessa Kairies Earlier on in the year I was analysing a summary of the Budget. Of significant interest to me, was the tens of billions allocated to defence, including setting up a new military base in Afghanistan. I thought this was very odd at the time. I had many a conversation with folks trying…

Source: Tony’s war on terror – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Charts: Who Are the 1 Percent?

Occupy Wall Street has focused national attention on the vast majority of Americans who have been left behind by the economic growth of the past few decades. But if OWS is the voice of the 99 percent, who exactly are the 1 percent?

A quick look at the numbers reveals that they aren’t all bailed-out Wall Street execs or brokers pulling down fat bonuses. That’s just some of them:

Even though the richest 1 percent of Americans don’t all work on Wall Street, they do control a disproportionate amount of its wealth, including nearly half of all stocks and mutual funds and more than 60 percent of securities.

But you can’t beat this chart for the most dramatic measure of just how wide the gap between the tippy-top and the 99 percent has become. While incomes for the superrich have skyrocketed in the past three decades, most Americans’ have flatlined.

ALSO: Check out our charts on income inequality, overworked America, and six common economic myths.

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