I seem to be popular in Finland these days, with my blogging friend over at Kohti taloudellista riippumattomuutta still sending me the most new visitors daily [AJC: reciprocating may be a little hard as I am guessing that more of his readers are fluent in English, than my readers are in Finnish].
And, The Economist does raise a valid point:
How much money do you need to count as wealthy in the first place? Merrill Lynch’s wealth-management report starts counting at $1m in “investible assets”. That excludes people’s main homes, which may seem reasonable. But it means that a Londoner who sells his home and decides to rent can suddenly find himself “rich”.
After all, a portfolio of $1m these days would generate an income of only $30,000 if invested in Treasury bonds, which does not leave much scope for the playboy lifestyle.
I’m not sure what amount that you need to be ‘rich’ – I define it in terms of having enough to live your Life’s Purpose – but, I certainly agree that $1 mill. (even if it doesn’t include your own home) simply doesn’t cut the mustard 🙂