The economic report is full of gloom, injustice and omen. Gasoline prices skyrocketed. Inflation is back after 40 years of taking a nap. Being a landlord is impossible for many tenants. Service workers have faced the risk during Covid that they are not adequately compensated while the top 1 percent are well rewarded.
All right. But for many middle-class Americans, the past 10 years have also marked unusually good times.
We’re not talking about people who’ve invested in Bitcoin, worked for a very successful startup, or bet farm on Tesla or Apple stock. Here’s a more modest but broader success: Homeowners watch their home’s value rise. Workers get better-paying jobs in a tight labor market. Retirement accounts increase in value thanks to a rising stock market.
The New York Times is reporting a story about people who feel they are doing well financially, even if they too may worry about what might happen tomorrow. If you’re in this group – however you might define “doing well” in your personal circumstances – we’d like to know how it has impacted your life.
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