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The richest families in Florence in 1427 are still the richest families in Florence — Quartz. Libor scandal: the bankers who fixed the world’s most important number. At the Tokyo headquarters of the Swiss bank UBS, in the middle of a deserted trading floor, Tom Hayes sat rapt before a bank of eight computer screens.

Libor scandal: the bankers who fixed the world’s most important number

Collar askew, pale features pinched, blond hair mussed from a habit of pulling at it when he was deep in thought, the British trader was even more dishevelled than usual. It was 15 September 2008, and it looked, in Hayes’s mind, like the end of the world. Hayes had been woken up at dawn in his apartment by a call from his boss, telling him to get to the office immediately. In New York, Lehman Brothers was hurtling towards bankruptcy. The Panama Papers prove it: we can afford a universal basic income. We should all be able to agree: no one should be poor in a nation as wealthy as the US.

The Panama Papers prove it: we can afford a universal basic income

Yet nearly 15% of Americans live below the poverty line. Perhaps one of the best solutions is also one of the oldest and simplest ideas: everyone should be guaranteed a small income, free from conditions. The Secret Six. By Ryan ZumMallen | Photography by Paul Barshon The order came from the Sultan of Brunei’s nephew.

The Secret Six

It was 1994, and Prince Abdul Hakeem, then 20 years old, had inherited two things: access to a $40 billion fortune, and his family’s penchant for spending it. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the monarchs of this tiny, oil-rich nation in the South China Sea bankrolled a fleet of special custom vehicles, ordering the most coveted cars in the world by the half-dozen or more. Rockefeller Family Fund divests from fossil fuels, which built family's fortune. Flames shoot from a tower at Exxon Mobil Corp's Torrance Refinery in California earlier this month.

Rockefeller Family Fund divests from fossil fuels, which built family's fortune

Photo: Bloomberg Houston: The Rockefeller Family Fund has said that it will divest from fossil fuels as quickly as possible and "eliminate holdings" of Exxon Mobil Corp, saying the oil company associated with the family fortune has misled the public about climate change risks. Though only a sliver of the endowment's modest $US130 million ($171 million) in assets is invested in fossil fuels, the move is notable because a century ago John D. Bush Bailout Chief Channels Bernie Sanders' Call To Break Up Big Banks. What Percent Are You? The World's Top 1 Percent Controls Half of Household Wealth. © Time Inc.

The World's Top 1 Percent Controls Half of Household Wealth

All rights reserved. Fortune.com is a part of the Time.com network of sites. Powered by WordPress.com VIP Email address or Password is incorrect Forgot Password? Want the Full Story? Privacy Policy. For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades. Following the better-than-expected September jobs report, several economic analyses have pointed out the continuing lack of meaningful wage growth, even as tens of thousands of people head back to work.

For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

Economic theory, after all, predicts that as labor markets tighten, employers will offer higher wages to entice workers their way. What do rich parents do that poor parents don’t? Yefet went on a trip with Melissa.

What do rich parents do that poor parents don’t?

What do rich parents do that poor parents don’t? Rich People Raise Rich Kids—Even When They're Adopted. Lately, it seems that every new study about social mobility further corrodes the story Americans tell themselves about meritocracy; each one provides more evidence that comfortable lives are reserved for the winners of what sociologists call the birth lottery.

Rich People Raise Rich Kids—Even When They're Adopted

But, recently, there have been suggestions that the birth lottery’s outcomes can be manipulated even after the fluttering ping-pong balls of inequality have been drawn. What appears to matter—a lot—is environment, and that’s something that can be controlled. For example, one study out of Harvard found that moving poor families into better neighborhoods greatly increased the chances that children would escape poverty when they grew up. While it’s well documented that the children of the wealthy tend to grow up to be wealthy, researchers are still at work on how and why that happens. Perhaps they grow up to be rich because they genetically inherit certain skills and preferences, such as a tendency to tuck away money into savings. How much richer are the Top 1%? Wealth, Income, and Power.

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Wealth, Income, and Power

William Domhoff. How many people pay the estate tax? The 2001 tax act, The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA), raised the estate tax exemption to $1 million in 2002 and to $3.5 million in a series of steps through 2009, sharply reducing the number of estates that have to pay estate taxes.

How many people pay the estate tax?

For 2010 only, the estate tax was eliminated. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 put in place an estate tax with a $5 million exemption and 35% rate for 2011 and 2012 only. If Congress doesn’t act, the tax will revert to its pre-EGTRRA status in 2013 with a $1 million exemp-tion, leading to a large increase in the number of estates owing the tax.

Roughly 33,500 estates filed returns in 2009 but fewer than half—only 14,700—of those estates had to pay any estate tax at all. Ten Facts You Should Know About the Federal Estate Tax. The federal estate tax is a tax on property (cash, real estate, stock, or other assets) transferred from deceased persons to their heirs. Only the wealthiest estates pay the tax because it is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds a specified exemption level — $5.43 million per person (effectively $10.86 million per married couple) in 2015.[2] The estate tax thus limits, to a modest degree, the large tax breaks that extremely wealthy households get on their wealth as it grows, which can otherwise go untaxed.

The estate tax has been an important source of federal revenue for nearly a century, yet a number of misconceptions continue to surround it. This report briefly describes ten facts about the federal estate tax. (While this paper focuses on the federal estate tax, taxes on inherited wealth are also a traditional and common revenue source for states.) 1. 2. The effective rate is so much lower than the top rate for several reasons. 3. 4. How much richer are the Top 1%? America Is Even Less Socially Mobile Than Economists Thought. Sociologists and economists are probably psyched that the work they’ve been doing on inequality and social mobility for decades has finally gotten attention from the average American.

The Housing Value of Every County in the U.S.  After the last post, which looked at housing values across New York City, I thought it would be interesting to take a more granular look at housing values across the U.S. To create the map below, I took the total residential property value for every county in the U.S. (the contiguous 48 states), and substituted those values for each county's land area. Scott Walker Strips Wisconsin Workers Of 'Living Wage' In New State Budget. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the new state budget into law on Sunday with a last-minute change that strips the words "living wage" from state laws and replaces it with "minimum wage. " The change means minimum-wage Wisconsin workers will earn nearly $6,000 per year less than what the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calculates is a living wage in the state.

And they will have no recourse, according to the Center for American Progress. How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business? The Answer May Surprise You. (Infographic) Yes, Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook at 19. How Companies Must Adapt for an Aging Workforce. Millionaire uses fortune to help kids in struggling town. Harris Rosen went from a childhood in a rough New York City neighborhood to becoming a millionaire whose company owns seven hotels in Orlando, but his self-made success is not his proudest achievement. The Cost of Crime to Society: New Crime-Specific Estimates for Policy and Program Evaluation. Harris Rosen - Pegasus Magazine. An Impact Felt Across Generations “Epiphany might be too strong of a word … it was more of a voice. Tangelo Park, Florida.

Tangelo Park, Florida (FL 32819) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, moving, houses, news, sex offenders. Population in 2010: 2,231. The Opportunity Gap. Capitalism as Disease: Spreading Governmental Tyranny and Gun Violence. Hedge funds, insider traders begin dumping Monsanto stock as reality of GMOs sinks in across Wall Street. The False Promise of the Prosperity Gospel: Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. US Economic Structure. The US is a market-oriented economy, where private individuals and business firms make most of the decisions, and the federal and state governments buy needed goods and services predominantly in the private marketplace.

US business firms enjoy considerably greater flexibility than their counterparts in Western Europe and Japan in decisions to expand capital plant, lay off surplus workers, and develop new products. Social Justice and Free Market, Where do your tax dollars go? Today is Tax Day – Where Do My Taxes Go? Your 2012 Federal Taxpayer Receipt. The U.S. Economy in Charts. Herb Meyer, Recorded on 2/5/13 YAFoundation on USTREAM. Conference. The Smoking Gun in Plain Sight. The Cure for Poverty by Herb Meyer. The Shocking Amount of Wealth and Power Held by 0.001% of the World Population. Thirteen Economic Facts about Social Mobility and the Role of Education. What is the middle class? VW shares $1.1b in profits with workers. What the banks’ three-year war on Dodd-Frank looks like. Wealth, Inheritance and the Estate Tax.