Sunday, 18 of February of 2018

Economics. Explained.  

Consumer Net Worth

December 15, 2017

Consumer net worth rose $1.75 trillion in the third quarter.  That works out to an annualized rate of increase of 7.3%.  Over the past year consumer net worth has increased 8.0%.

Net worth declined sharply during the recession but has long since recovered all that was lost and is actually 43.0% higher than it was prior to the recession.  The rebound reflects, in part, the steady increase in stock prices during the course of the past 8 years and in home prices which have been climbing steadily.

This high and climbing level of  net worth should encourage consumers to spend at  roughly a 2.8% pace in 2018.

Stephen Slifer


Charleston, SC

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