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Use Federal Reserve Survey Questions to Test Your Household’s Economic Well Being

The United States consists of about 125 million separate households, each one with its own unique set of financial circumstances. Some households work like economic pressure cookers; they’re overheated by delinquent loan payments, unpaid credit card balances, overdue bills, unbudgeted emergencies, nonexistent savings, and the like. Some households run much cooler, and work more like soft serve ice cream […]

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The Worthometer has been Updated to Include 2013 PSID Data!

Breaking news: this site’s popular Worthometer has been updated to replace older data from the 2011 Panel Study of Income Dynamics (2011 PSID) with the newer results from the 2013 survey. As you may know, the Worthometer is the web’s only net worth percentile gauge that incorporates, reconciles, interpolates, and averages all three major surveys of household […]

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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2013 IRS Data]

Note: this post updates earlier articles dated August 15, 2014 and December 3, 2014 which used 2011 and 2012 data published under the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2013 statistics so the time is ripe to revisit this topic. Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up […]

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How to Compare Your Income to Others (Without Being Rude) [Using 2014 Census Data]

Note: this post updates an earlier article dated September 22, 2014 which used 2013 data published by the US Census Bureau. Since then, the Census Bureau has released its 2014 data so the time is ripe to revisit this topic using the latest available statistics. Everyone likes to compare themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But comparing […]

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yFIRECalc 1.0: The Retirement Calculator that Shows Why You Should Retire Early

Dozens of calculators show how to acheive an early retirement. But none I’ve seen show why you should retire early. If any such calculator existed, it certainly wouldn’t measure dollars. Dollars divulge the how of early retirement, but never the why of it. Any calculator that measured the why of retirement would have to measure something far more valuable […]

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Frugalometer: Compare Your Spending and Saving to Others Who Earn the Same Income

What’s a reliable measure of frugality? It’s certainly not savings alone. For example, let’s say Jane Dough socked away $100,000 last year. At first blush, this might seem thrifty. But on second thought you might want to know something about Jane’s income. If you discovered she earned $2.45 million last year, her $100,000 in savings wouldn’t look so impressive (but at […]

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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2012 IRS Data]

Note: this post updates an earlier article dated August 15, 2014 which used 2011 data published under the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2012 data so the time is ripe to revisit this topic using the latest available statistics. If you so desire, you can also review 2013 SOI […]

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The Worthometer Has Been Updated!

As promised, I’m letting you know that the Worthometer has been updated to replace the data from the 2010 Federal Reserve Board Survey of Consumer Finances (2010 SCF) with the new 2013 SCF figures that were released on September 16, 2014. As you may know, the Worthometer is the web’s only net worth percentile gauge […]

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