Wealth

The Capital Gains Tax and Inflation

By ·August 13, 2018
Brandeis University

The Issue:

The United States Treasury Department is reportedly studying whether it can issue regulations that would allow taxpayers to account for inflation when calculating taxes on capital gains. Such a change has been considered in the past. Taxing savings, like taxing any economic activity, distorts the functioning ...
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Are We Seeing a New Housing Bubble?

By ·June 27, 2018
Tufts University

The Issue:

The United States experienced a large run-up in house prices in the first half of the 2000’s which was followed by a dramatic fall in the second half of that decade. The fall led to a sharp drop in wealth for American households and had broad implications for the stability of many of the country's financial ...
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Many American Households Are Still Struggling to Build Wealth

By ·October 7, 2017
Harvard University

The Issue:

Although trends in income bear heavily on economic security at the household level, they are not the whole story. One also needs to look at patterns of wealth holding to fully assess the economic risks facing households. The latest data on wealth show broad-based positive gains for American households ...
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