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So what exactly is "wealth?"

The term refers to the total value of all assets owned by an individual, community, company, country, or other entity.

Wealth is calculated by subtracting all outstanding debts from the total market value all assets.

It can be defined as the accumulation or use of limited resources. If a person, organization, or nation is able accumulate valuable resources or goods, it is considered to be wealthy.

wealthWealth can be compared with income. Income is a stream, as in when you make money, while wealth is a store.

Understanding Wealth

Wealth can be expressed in many different ways. It can be defined as all of the resources one has control over. Net worth is the most common way to describe this state of abundance.

Different societies have used different definitions and measures to measure net worth over time. Modern society uses money as the primary method of measuring wealth.

A good example of money's function is to be a unit for account is measuring a person's net worth in money terms. It is possible for outside forces to manipulate the value of money in a dramatic way. But it serves as a useful common denominator.

Other than that, land and even livestock could be used to assess and measure wealth. Ancient Egyptians, for example, used wheat as a measure of riches. As a measure of abundance, herding cultures often used cattle, horses, or sheep.

Measuring Wealth

The problem of evaluating wealth as a combination of different types of goods and money is solved by measuring the total value in terms of money. These values can then combined or subtracted.

This makes it possible to use total value in monetary terms as an indicator of wealth. Net worth is the sum of assets less liabilities. Businesses also call net worth shareholders' equity or book values.

Common sense defines net worth as wealth that includes all resources within one's control. This excludes those that eventually belong to someone else.

Wealth is a stock variable rather than a flow variable like income. Wealth refers to the value of economic goods that have been accumulated since a specific point in history. Income is the amount of money or goods that has been acquired over a certain period of time.


Income refers to the addition of wealth over time or subtraction if it's negative. The person who has a positive net-income over time will be more wealthy.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for countries, can be considered a measure of income (a flow variable), but it is often mistakenly called a measure of wealth (a stock variable).

A wealthy person can be defined as someone who has an enormous amount of accumulated money. But most people see this term in a more relative sense. The total net worth of an individual or group can differ depending on how it is measured, in terms either money or net worth or commodities like wheat or lamb.

To determine who is wealthy, we often refer to their relative store of money.

Interesting Points


Research has repeatedly shown that people's perceptions about their wellbeing and happiness are affected more by how wealthy they think others are than absolute net worth.

This is why the concept wealth is not applied to rare economic goods. The goods that are plentiful and available for everyone do not allow for relative comparisons among individuals.

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