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- The figure grew by $5.3 trillion, or 3.7%, in the fourth quarter, pushing total U.S. net worth to more than $150 trillion.
U.S. household net worth jumped to a fresh record in the fourth quarter on rising stock prices and higher home values.
Household net worth increased by $5.3 trillion, or 3.7%, after a more moderate gain in the third quarter, a Federal Reserve report showed Thursday. The fourth-quarter advance pushed net worth to more than $150 trillion.
The value of real estate held by households rose by $1.5 trillion and the value of equity holdings climbed $2.5 trillion.
While the omicron variant and related surge in Covid-19 infections dented economic activity in the final weeks of 2021, there was little effect on wealth in the quarter as the S&P 500 rose to new highs. More recently, stocks have slid on concerns about the economic impact from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Meantime, mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2019, which could eventually lead to a cooling in the rapid price gains seen in the housing market.
In an effort to tame inflation, the Fed next week is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2018.