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Top Read: How the Government Subsidizes Wealth Inequality

An analysis that examines the impact of reduced tax rates on dividends and capital gains and the free pass that capital gains get when they pass on to an heir.

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Top Read: Stock-based pay becomes a monster as the rich get richer

What started out as a reasonable idea – handing execs some shares so they’d have an extra incentive to boost shareholder value – has tipped so far the CEO way that the richest bosses are gaining oligarch status.

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Top Read: End taxpayer subsidy for CEO bonuses

A member of the House Ways and Means Committee details how the U.S. tax code richly rewards corporations that overpay their top execs.

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Top Read: Sympathy for the Trustafarians

A tidy demolition of the just-published defense of inherited wealth by Harvard’s Greg Mankiw.

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Top Read: The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality

Any business can makes lots of money if it gains an exemption from the taxes and rules that apply to its competitors. That’s how Amazon grew and made CEO Jeff Bezos one of the richest people in the world.

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Top Read: High cost of soaring executive pay

If Starbucks appointed a barista to its board, CEO Howard Schultz might not make 489 times the average pay of a Starbucks worker.

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Top Read: Mayors Led by De Blasio Create Inequality Task Force

The New York mayor will lead a year-long task force that will examine strategies for combating the economic inequality in America’s cities.

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Top Read: Super rich develop a passion for cars, wine, and property

The super rich are straying from investments in conventional financial products. The more entertaining investment: $45,400 for 12 bottles of wine.

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Top Read: Rising inequality: youth and poor fall further behind

The widest gap between rich and poor remains in Mexico, Chile, Turkey, and the United States, says a new report that draws from the developed world’s top economic research agency.

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Top Read: After Piketty, the ownership revolution

Trend-altering change will take time, but potent forces are driving real-world efforts to democratize capital and decrease inequality.

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Top Read: The True Cost of Hidden Money

The world’s rich have stashed at least $7.6 trillion — 8 percent of the world’s personal financial wealth — into tax havens.

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Top Read: New Report: CEO Pay Continues to Rise as Workers are Paid Less

Profits have reached record highs, the stock market has boomed, and CEOs are getting paid more than ever since the Great Recession hit, while the wages of most workers (and their family incomes) have declined, according to an Economic Policy Institute report.

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Top Read: Dave Chappelle Makes the Case for High Marginal Tax Rates

The star comic, in an appearance on the David Letterman show, makes a wise observation about what economists call the “diminishing marginal utility of rising wealth.”

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Top Read: Fighting for the Right to End Inequality

In the fight to reduce inequality, we must ensure that the democratic means to do so aren’t taken from us as well.

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Top Read: The Richest Of The Rich Get Richer

Millionaire households claimed a larger proportion of global wealth in 2013, gobbling up about 42 percent of the economic pie, up from 39 percent in 2012, says the latest annual wealth report from the Boston Consulting Group.

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Top Read: CEO Pay Still Huge

America’s 200 most highly paid chief executives averaged $20.7 million last year.

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Top Read: Walmart’s Executive Bonuses Cost Taxpayers Millions

New report reveals that Walmart cut its taxes by $104 million by giving executives lavish “performance-based” bonuses.

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Top Read: In Today’s America, A Rising Tide Lifts All Yachts

A super-wealthy few have successfully defeated all of their rivals—unions, the media, honest politicians, environmentalists—and now are free to do as they wish.

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Top Read: CEO pay and performance link? For Coke, zero

How billions in bonuses for Coca Cola executives are squeezing the retirement futures of the company’s middle-class shareholders.

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Top Read: Toward the Total Paralysis of an Unequal Society

A series of statistical contrasts that help explain the sickening sense that the United States is becoming a nation without a middle class. The first: Five hedge fund managers last year took home more income than 350,000 pre-school teachers.

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Top Read: On Inequality Denial

The roots of statistical malpractice in high places.

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Top Read: Executive pay is an insult to working families

The next time you’re at a CVS store, give a thought to the woman at the cash register. She’s paid 422 times less than the CEO of the company.

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Top Read: The myth of inequality myths

Serious critics of inequality are not using the arguments that right-wing cheerleaders for our existing economic order would have you think.

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Top Read: Thomas Piketty and His Critics

A survey of the latest commentary on the inequality bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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Top Read: Can You Be Too Rich?

Societies that allow the rich to grow into a super-rich, explains this management analyst, are making a series of mistakes

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