Sunday, May 7, 2006

Britons paper wealth?

Britons are getting wealthier

The average disposable wealth available to households in Britain has topped £40,000 for the first time, according to new estimates published today. This consists mainly of savings, shareholdings and accessible housing equity, net of mortgages and other debt.

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4 thoughts on “Britons paper wealth?

  • “accessible housing equity, net of mortgages and other debt”.

    That’s not “wealth”, that’s debt!

    Like me borrowing a million pounds and trumpeting “look I’m a milliona~~ire!”.

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  • “accessible housing equity, net of mortgages and other debt”.

    That’s not “wealth”, that’s debt!

    Like me borrowing a million pounds and trumpeting “look I’m a milliona~~ire!”.

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  • Paul,

    I don’t think you have read the article correctly. “… savings, shareholdings and accessible housing equity, net of mortgages and other debt. In the case of housing equity, the assumption is that 80% is accessible”. By my reading, an example might be someone who owns a house worth £200k, £10k shares, £3k cash, a mortgage balance of £130k and £5k balace on their credit card. Then their disposable wealth would be 200 * 0.8 + 10 + 3 – 130 – 5 = £38k. Borrowing a million pounds would not change this, because they would then have £1M more cash but £1M more other debt.

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  • Borrowing against your house is still debt no matter how much you think it is worth.

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