Are You "Rich" Or Not? New Survey Hits The High Points

Do you consider yourself rich? If you own a couple of mansions, a fleet of luxury cars, and financial accounts reaching high into the millions, it may be easy to answer that question. But other well-to-do people might struggle with the issue of whether they are "rich" or not.

To get a better grasp of perceptions, Yahoo Finance recently posed a series of questions about personal wealth, to which more than 25,000 people responded. The survey concluded that people call themselves rich if they have a median income of $425,000 and a net worth of $5 million.

But this exercise also turned up other interesting results. For instance, the median amounts respondents required to consider other people rich were an income of $500,000 and a net worth of $10 million. In other words, more people called themselves rich than were actually rich by their own standards. On the other hand, it's noteworthy that people earning $300,000 a year with a couple of millions of dollars of assets didn't think themselves rich—far from it.

But even if you're not rich in your own mind, you may get there by sticking to a financial plan designed to increase personal wealth. And, if you're already rich, follow the same approach for preserving your status. We can help you make provisions for the future.

This article was written by a professional financial journalist for G.W. Sherwold and is not intended as legal or investment advice.

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