Higher education does not protect the wealth of all racial and ethnic groups equally.
Although there may be downsides to old age, those 62 and older can take heart in knowing that the odds are in favor of their being wealthier than younger people. And the gap has widened considerably over the past quarter-century—in favor of old people. Read more about the connections between wealth accumulation and age/birth year in the third essay in this series. A video summarizes the findings.
The director and senior economic adviser for the Center for Household Financial Stability co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post on Dec. 31, 2014. The authors examined the Federal Reserve's recent Survey of Consumer Finances on the wealth and income of African American (and other) families and concluded that, with well-designed economic interventions and some vision among leaders, more financially fragile Americans could thrive.