For the wealthiest individuals, these losses have come mostly from investments.
WSJ’s Wealth Report blog: [A] study, by Spectrem Group, the Chicago-based wealth-research firm, found that households with a net worth of $1 million or more say their assets have declined 30% or more. Nearly one-fifth of millionaires have experienced declines of more than 40%.
Nearly all the millionaires surveyed (90%) fear a prolonged economic downturn. Altogether, they believe it will last for another 22 months, and more than half (55%) are concerned they will not have sufficient assets to maintain their present lifestyles…
Spectrem’s measure of household assets doesn’t include primary real-estate but does include other real-estate, which has dropped precipitously. But for the households in Middle and Upper Richistan, where houses account for a smaller share of net worth, investment losses have been the main wealth killer.
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