America’s Richest 2% Made More Money in 2017 Than the Cost of the Entire Safety Net

How was their money made? Almost entirely by passively waiting for the stock market to go up. The data sources for this report are Forbes and Credit Suisse, both of which provide precise numbers for the worsening surge in America’s wealth inequality. U.S. wealth increased by $8.5 trillion in 2017, with the richest 2% getting about…