wealthiest 1 percent

How Rich Is Rich? Where We Draw the Wealth Line

America has always had a love/hate relationship with its wealthiest citizens, and the Great Recession has only made it worse. The trouble is, while everybody knows that "the rich" are the enemy, it's hard to determine where exactly the line lies between salt-of-the-earth members of the middle class and the bloated plutocrats.

AmEx 'Black': The World's Most Exclusive Charge Card

American Express's fabled "Black Card," -- the Centurion Card -- is reserved for the world's wealthiest and most elite. Just what does take to get this highest of high-end accounts, and what benefits does it offer the uber-rich? The lucky few don't talk much about it, but DailyFinance has some details.

Financial Landscape: Dreary Polls and Tax Loopholes

Nearly 90% of Americans still see owning a home as a key part of the American Dream, but 39% see us in a permanent economic downturn. Meanwhile, Obama has set his sights on closing tax loopholes for businesses and the rich, but the Fed just cut banks a break in new rules on debit card swipe fees.

The High Cost to Middle Class of Low Taxes on the Rich

The GOP approach of cutting taxes and slashing expenses has its attractions: Nobody likes paying taxes, and "tightening our belts" sounds ever so grown up. But these proposed cuts in taxes and spending will benefit the wealthy, while placing an outsized burden on the country's poor and middle class.

The U.S. Is Still Tops for Millionaires

When it comes to its population of millionaires, the U.S. still leads the world, but other countries have gained recently, The Boston Consulting Group reports. In particular, the report found a stagnation of wealth growth in developed nations, but rapid wealth growth in the developing world.

This Gift-Tax Change Is a Huge Gift -- If You're Wealthy Enough

A temporary change in the tax code is creating a sweet opportunity. Through 2012, the amount you can give in tax-free gifts jumps from $1 million to $5 million. In this video, Kevin Sanderford, principal of Colorado West Investments, explains how you can take advantage of this "huge opportunity."

Measuring Rich People's Toys Against Average Incomes

The gap between America's super-wealthy and the rest of us has grown so vast it's hard to even comprehend the sums they spend on their luxuries. But if you measure, say, a $200 million luxury yacht in terms of the average U.S. family's household income, the picture comes back into focus.

The Big, Continuing Stories That Could Derail 2011

Major news stories ebb and flow, rising to the headlines and then slipping out of the spotlight. But even as they fade from attention, keep an eye on this handful of long-term issues with the potential to disrupt the U.S. economy and global recovery.

Obama's Tax Deal Will Save At Least One Job: His

The $858 billion compromise tax bill passed the House Thursday at midnight, and is on its way to President Obama's desk. With its passage, and the GDP growth it will propel, his reelection is more in the bag than ever. What effect it will have on jobs for the rest of America, though, is far less clear.

Income Inequality on Course to Hit Record Levels

With a tax bill tilted to benefit the wealthiest Americans poised to pass Congress this week, U.S. income inequality is poised to set new records. One key to that shift -- a change in the tax rules that lets the rich pass their wealth on to their heirs at the lowest tax rates in decades.

The High Price of Extending the Bush Tax Cuts

Before the GOP power surge on Tuesday, President Obama had steadfastly refused to consider extending the Bush tax cuts -- due to expire at the end of the year -- for America's wealthiest taxpayers. Now, he says he's willing to compromise.

Rich vs. Poor: How America's Wealth Is Divided

In an academic study, the majority of Americans polled advocated an unequal division of national wealth, with more cash going to the rich and upper middle class and less going to the poor and working class. However, the respondents ideal model of income and wealth distribution, though far from equal, came far closer to the reality of Sweden than the much more dramatic inequality found in the U.S.

Wealthy Investors Are Diving Into Gold by the Ton

The very rich have begun to hedge what they see as a dangerous financial world by buying gold -- in some cases literally by the ton. Recent reports show that several banks have begun advising their wealthiest individual clients put as much as 10% of their assets into the precious metal.

Poorer Households Give Consumer Sentiment a Boost

September's consumer sentiment level unexpectedly rose to 68.2 from its preliminary 66.6 reading. However, the entire gain came from more positive responses among households earning under $75,000 -- those who wouldn't be affected by a failure to extend the Bush income tax cuts for the rich.

Obama Pushes His New Stimulus Plan

President Obama is speaking in Cleveland Wednesday, laying out more details of his plan to get the economic recovery back in gear: $50 billion for infrastructure spending; a $100 billion R&D tax credit; and $200 billion to induce U.S. companies to make capital improvements now rather than later.

Make the Rich Pay Their Fair Share to Balance the Budget

When George W. Bush cut $1.3 trillion in taxes back in 2002, 36.7% of the money went to the top 1% of Americans. If those tax cuts for the wealthiest are allowed to expire, Republicans could get closer to something they claim to want: a balanced budget. So why are they fighting it so hard?