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Are You Rich? How the Wealthy Are Defined

Emma Kerr | Yahoo Finance | Jul 13th, 2021
Category: Education

The vast majority of Americans do not meet commonly held definitions of what it means to be rich in the U.S.

Respondents to Schwab's 2021 Modern Wealth Survey said a net worth of $1.9 million qualifies a person as wealthy. The average net worth of U.S. households, however, is less than half of that.

But wealth is in the eye of the beholder -- a person's location, career, community, background and so many other factors can influence his or her perception of wealth. Those perceptions may be evolving as new generations enter adulthood and redefine success.

"The generations of today, Gen Y and Gen Z, they don't think about wealth and success the way boomers did, especially as it relates to finances," says Penny Phillips, president and co-founder of Journey Strategic Wealth in New Jersey and California. "It was, save my money, make some investments and when I'm 65, I'll try to take my first big vacation. Today, success is defined so much more by life experiences and impact and living for today."

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