What assets make up wealth?

A look at asset distributions, based on net worth.

  • By Jeff Desjardins,
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A person’s wealth can be made up of many different assets.

Net worth, the measure we use to gauge wealth, is actually the sum of all of a person’s assets after subtracting liabilities (such as loans). Therefore, net worth can be comprised of liquid savings, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, real estate, vehicles, retirement accounts (IRAs, pensions), and many other types of assets.

But how does the composition of net worth differ for a person with $100k in net worth, versus that of a billionaire?

This chart uses data from the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances from 2016 to find out.

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