Adding to the mountain of statistical evidence showing the severity of U.S. inequality, an analysis published Friday found that the top one percent of Americans gained $21 trillion in wealth since 1989 while the bottom 50 percent lost $900 billion.
A report published recently by Swiss bank UBS shows the world’s wealthiest are now worth $9.1 trillion, enough to spend $1 million per day for 30,000 years.
In 2017, more than 2,000 billionaires around the world became even wealthier, pushing their collective fortunes to historic levels. According to a report recently published by Swiss bank UBS and accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), no other year in recorded history, including the industrial revolution and the Gilded Age, has seen such a massive increase in wealth of the global elite.
Just over 2,150 people have seen their wealth increase by 20 percent, many doing so through various forms of inheritance and asset transfers.
many of our world’s wealthiest look at those fossil fuels and see no danger. They see the present and future source of their personal wealth. A significant chunk of the world’s billionaires owe their billions, directly or indirectly, to extractive industries. Keeping fossil fuels buried would jeopardize those billions, and our super rich have the political power, thanks to their wealth, to insist that we keep extracting.
If we let that wealth and power continue to concentrate, fossil fuels will continue to burn.
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.
The income survey data show an even more mixed record. The Our World in Data database shows that by 2003 the real income of the median Australian household was only about 5% higher in real terms than in 1989, while the second and third decile households – mainly headed by those on low wages and some on social security – were actually no better-off than in 1989, largely due to the effects of the early 1990s recession.
Despite the way it’s been spun, the Commission’s main message is that in the decades ahead we will need both policies that generate economic growth and policies that ensure it’s well spread. One without the other could leave many of us worse off.
the landmark World Inequality Report, a data-rich project maintained by more than 100 researchers in more than 70 countries, found that the richest 1% reaped 27% of the world’s income between 1980 and 2016. The bottom half of humanity, by contrast, got 12%. While the very poorest people have benefited in the last 40 years, it is the extremely rich who’ve emerged as the big winners. China’s economic rise has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty but the wealth share held by the nation’s top 1% doubled from 15% to 30%. Such has been the concentration of wealth in India and Russia that inequality not seen since the time of the Raj and the tsar has reappeared. By 2030, the report warns, just 250 people could own 1.5% of all the wealth in the world.
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The report found that HNWIs earned average returns of 24.3% on their portfolios that were overseen by a wealth manager in 2016. This compares with average interest rates of just 0.35% offered by instant-access high street bank accounts, according to the Bank of England.
If the policies favored by the Trump administration—including massive tax cuts for the rich and reductions in spending on Medicaid and education—go into effect, the U.S. will only fall further in the global rankings
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“The actual global checks and balances that might have once achieved the kind of reasonable equality that occurred after the Second World War have broken down; they’re not coping with the kind of way that business is down by the very fast moving global economy, by the sort of digital world that we live in one way or the other,” she said.
Oxfam said it would call for action to tackle rising inequality at the Davos meeting, which starts on Wednesday, including a crackdown on tax dodging by corporations and progress towards a global deal on climate change.
“The reason that this should be raised at a forum like Davos, is that inevitably with the concentration of wealth comes the concentration of power, and what we need are governments to be operating in the interests of the poorest as well as the richest,” Dr Szoke said.
“At the moment in our domestic context, and in many other contexts, [the burden of tax] falls on labour and consumption. We’re saying if you have this concentration of wealth, we really need to look at capital and wealth tax.
“So, stop the dodging, make sure that there are fair taxes that are paid by people, but then we also need to look actually look at how those taxes are used, and that really goes back to the issues of what are the social structures that are put in place that are the safety net
for people across the world, like a minimum income guarantee.
“Horrifyingly, we are a long way off that.”
Unemployment to rise by 11 million: UN
Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned that unemployment will rise by 11 million in the next five years due to slower growth and turbulence.
More than 212 million people will be jobless by 2019 against the current level of 201 million, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said.
“The global economy is continuing to grow at tepid rates and that has clear consequences,” ILO head Guy Ryder said in Geneva.
“The global jobs gap due to the crisis stands at 61 million jobs worldwide,” he said, referring to the number of jobs lost since the start of the financial crisis in 2008.
The ILO World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015 report said an extra 280 million jobs would have to be created by 2019 to close the gap created by the financial turmoil.
“This means the jobs crisis is far from over and there is no place for complacency,” Mr Ryder said.
The job scenario improved in the United States, Japan and Britain but remained worrisome in several developed economies of Europe, the report said.
“The austerity trajectory… in Europe in particular has contributed dramatically to increases in unemployment,” Mr Ryder said.
The report said eurozone powerhouse Germany could see unemployment rise to 5 per cent in 2017 against 4.7 per cent at present, while it was expected to fall just under the double-digit in number two eurozone economy France.
The worst-hit segment globally were those aged between 15 and 24, with the youth unemployment rate touching 13 per cent last year, almost three times the rate for adults.
The UN agency said the steep fall in oil and gas prices would hit the labour market hard in producing countries in Latin America, Africa and the Arab world.
But one of the rare bits of good news was that the middle class comprised more than 34 per cent of total employment in developing countries from 20 per cent in the 1990s, Mr Ryder said.
However, extreme poverty continues to affect one out of 10 workers globally who earn less than $1.50 a day, he added.