Wealth inequality, economic chaos & the role of home equity
Wealth and income inequality. Pulling back from the distasteful political debates that continue to rage on about the haves and have nots it is a clear and present reality. The Pew Research Center made these startling findings. “The wealth gap between upper-income and lower- and middle-income families has grown wider this century. Upper-income families were the only income tier able to build on their wealth from 2001 to 2016, adding 33% at the median.” Why such a disparity? Good question. “The reason for this is that middle-income families are more dependent on home equity as a source of wealth than upper-income families.” With home equity playing a crucial role for middle-income Americans reverse mortgages and equity-extraction loans will become even more essential.