The wealth gap widens

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Sep 26, 2019
A lot of it comes down to taxation, the stock market and the country's demographic makeup.
Income inequality is rising even though the economy is in its longest period of growth.
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When it comes to the wealth gap, race and family matter

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Aug 8, 2019
Writer Maura Cheeks looks back at how race has affected her family's finances over several generations.
A march for the Poor People's Campaign in New York City's financial district on March 18.
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In an ancient Mesoamerican city, archaeologists find a narrow wealth gap

by Jorge Valencia Aug 2, 2019
Present societies can learn from Teotihuac√°n's narrow wealth gap, says one archaeologist.
A woman on a man's shoulder's takes a picture of the Kukulcan Pyramid at the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan State, Mexico in  2018.
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Student loans make wealth gap worse for blacks

by Amy Scott Sep 27, 2018
New study examines race and student debt.
Students walk through the campus of Yale University. 
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Report finds wealth gap continues into retirement

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 19, 2016
We hear a lot about the income gap between top executives and workers, and it turns out that gap continues after retirement, too. The Institute for Policy Studies reports the 100 CEOs with the biggest retirement plans each have anywhere…
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New report examines country's racial wealth divide

by David Brancaccio Aug 9, 2016
It will take black families 228 years to amass the wealth that white families have today, according to the study's findings.
 A homeless mother holds her daughter while at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission in New Jersey.
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Now 62 people hold the wealth of the bottom 50 percent

by Molly Wood Jan 18, 2016
Back in 2010, the number was 388.

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College graduation rates skewed by income

by Tim Fitzsimons Feb 5, 2015
Only one-fifth of students from the poorest families finish college by age 24.
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One rich Londoner unconcerned by wealth gap

by Stephen Beard May 19, 2014
Researchers say the wealth gap between rich and poor in London is growing.

Need a last-minute gift? How about $13,000 in chocolate?

by Eric Drachman Dec 25, 2013
Mansion owners can spend five figures on Christmas decorations and gifts, without asking, "How much?"

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