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Net worth for households and non-profit groups decreased to $50.4 trillion, the lowest level since 2004, from $51.7 trillion in the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds report today.Wealth dropped by a record $4.9 trillion in the last three months of 2008.
“It’s going to be very difficult to have any recovery in consumer spending without jobs and incomes recovering first,” said Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in New York. “The probability of a debt-financed consumer spending binge like we saw in the last expansion is essentially nil.” Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News this month forecast unemployment will climb to 10 percent by the end of the year and lowered their projections for consumer spending in the second half of the year to an average 1.1 percent annual pace. For all of 2009, purchases will drop 0.7 percent, the worst performance since 1974, according to the Bloomberg survey.
If you expect the rich to pay for your changes, you are going to be very disappointed.
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