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Chart of the Week: U.S. Wealth Gap Widens

The wealth gap in the U.S. has widened past early 20th-century levels, as the richest 10% of Americans are accounting for the biggest share of national income since the 1930s. While the U.S. is the only developed nation to surpass … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Millennials Drowning in Debt

While the huge group of baby boomers moving into retirement garners most of the attention, it is a lesser-known faction that is struggling under increased financial pressure. About 40% of Millennials—people within the ages 22 to 33—say they are overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: The Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed

According to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, the share of people who have been out of work in the U.S. more than six months has declined since the Great Recession but is still above its previous peak reached … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: 65+ Population Set to Boom

According to recent reports issued by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of people 65 and older in the U.S. is expected to almost double from about 43 million in 2012 to approximately 84 million in 2050. Much of this … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Will Health Care Costs Break Your Retirement?

Planning for retirement is critical, and health care costs may eat up a bigger portion of your savings than you expect. Few have counted the costs, thinking they’ll rely on Medicare. Two-thirds of Americans haven’t budgeted for health care in retirement, even … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Are Underwater Mortgages Impacting the Housing Market?

Home values in the United States have fallen 13.5% since their peak in 2007, as many homeowners are underwater with their mortgages and have negative equity—meaning they owe more than their home is worth. According to a recent Zillow real … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Travel Budgets Take Off in 2014

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, consumers are expected to spend an average of $6,136 per person on travel in 2014, a 3% increase from last year. Australians plan to spend the most on trips on average—$12,393—while people in Thailand … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Mothers Coming Home After Decades Away

After decades of decline, there has been a recent rise the number of mothers who have decided to stay at home with their children. According to a Pew Research Center study, 71% of mothers worked outside of the home in … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Digital (Senior) Citizens and Tech

Fifty-nine percent of seniors are now online, according to a Pew poll conducted in July-September of 2013. This figure is up 6% from 2012, when 53% of Americans 65 and older were using the World Wide Web. What’s more, only … Continue reading

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Chart of the Week: Investor Outlook Is A Mixed Bag

The most optimistic group of investors appears to be retirees, according to recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index results. The index, which measures broad economic and financial optimism among U.S. investors with $10,000 or more in stocks, bonds, … Continue reading

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