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The rich are more prepared for retirement than the middle class.

America’s middle class is set apart from the rich by 2 distinct measures of wealth

Middle-class America is shrinking. According to an INSIDER survey, its members have more debt and aren't as well-prepared for retirement as the rich.
Status symbols can see a downfall if too many outsiders start adopting them.

The evolution of brands like Michael Kors and Abercrombie & Fitch explains the downfall of some status symbols, according to a Wharton professor

People will stop flaunting a status symbol when outsiders give it new meaning, according to Wharton professor Jonah Berger.
Chelsea Fagan of The Financial Diet.

‘Being rich’ is an empty goal, says the founder of a popular finance website — and too many people are completely missing the point ...

Wealth shouldn't be seen as a material to be hoarded but as a way to live a good life, according to Chelsea Fagan of The Financial Diet.
Wealthy takes on a different meaning in Silicon Valley.

An investment advisor says $10 million can buy a comfortable life in Silicon Valley, but nothing ‘lavish’

Financial experts told Mercury News that it could take up to $10 million to be financially comfortable living in Silicon Valley.
Wealth is elusive in Silicon Valley.

A Silicon Valley software engineer says there’s an easy way to determine who’s rich and who’s not

One Palo Alto-based software engineer recently shared with Mercury News his litmus test for whether someone is wealthy: Do they have to work to live?
Stuff doesn't make people wealthy — money does. And it's not the same thing.

After 10 years as a financial planner, I’ve realized almost everyone gets the same thing wrong about money

As a financial planner in New York City, I get to see behind the curtain of people's finances ... and I've realized many "wealthy" people aren't.
Signs you aren't as rich as you think you are.

3 signs you aren’t as rich as you think you are

Rich is a subjective term, but having a high net worth is one way to tell you're wealthy. Here are some signs you're not there yet.
The middle class is shrinking among millennials.

The middle class is disappearing in countries around the world, and it means millennials won’t have the same opportunities their parents did

The middle class is shrinking among millennials worldwide, Richard Partington for The Guardian reported, citing the OECD.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the third- and fourth- richest people in Silicon Valley.

The 25 richest people in Silicon Valley

From filmmaker George Lucas to Oracle founder Larry Ellison, here's a look at the 25 richest people in Silicon Valley according to Forbes real-time billionaire data.