Monday, February 3, 2014

Dow plunges 326 points in (best) worst day of year

Dow plunges 326 points in (BEST) worst day of year

This may look like bad news but, for most Americans it is actually good news. 

What this indicates is that the 1% are no longer feeding at the trough because they fear the free money days ; compliments of the FED, are coming to an end. 

It also means that CEO's and their ilk will actually have to work for their up till now undeserved salaries and bonuses that they have been shoveling in at the tax payers and consumers expense.

In terms of types of financial wealth, the top one percent of households have 35% of all privately held stock, 64.4% of financial securities, and 62.4% of business equity. The top ten percent have 81% to 94% of stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and almost 80% of non-home real estate. Since financial wealth is what counts as far as the control of income-producing assets, we can say that just 10% of the people own the United States of America; see Table 3 and Figure 2 for the details.

Table 3: Wealth distribution by type of asset, 2010
 Investment Assets
 Top 1 percentNext 9 percentBottom 90 percent
Stocks and mutual funds35.0%45.8%19.2%
Financial securities64.4%29.5%6.1%
Business equity61.4%30.5%8.1%
Non-home real estate35.5%43.6%20.9%
TOTAL investment assets50.4%37.5%12.0%
 Housing, Liquid Assets, Pension Assets, and Debt
 Top 1 percentNext 9 percentBottom 90 percent
Principal residence9.2%31.0%59.8%
Life insurance20.6%34.1%45.3%
Pension accounts15.4%50.2%34.5%
TOTAL other assets13.0%37.8%49.2%
From Wolff (2012).

 QUIZ: How much do you know about the stock market?

A weaker-than-expected manufacturing report showed a steep drop in factory orders last month, adding to concerns over the strength of the U.S. economy's recovery.

Monday's stumble in the stock market follows the Dow's 5.3% drop in January, its worst monthly performance since May 2012.

Investors have grown increasingly worried over growth in emerging markets as the Federal Reserve scales back its massive stimulus program.

The Fed program, known as quantitative easing, has been pumping easy money into the global financial system. It helped lift the Dow 27% in 2013 as it lured investors into riskier assets such as stocks by keeping a lid on interest rates.

Developing countries benefited too, but investors are now worried the liquidity papered over underlying economic problems.

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The stock market grew by $4.7 trillion in 2013. A wealth tax of just a one-tenth of 1 percent (one dollar out of every thousand) would have provided the $4 billion needed to shelter every homeless American for 365 days.

But we have no wealth tax. And the wealth just keeps growing for the wealthiest Americans.