This is one of those Good News/Bad News stories. The Wall Street Journal on March 27 reported that “Household Wealth Rises as Retirees Age” citing a paper posted on the Federal Reserve’s website. The Journal quotes the authors as saying that adjusted for inflation,

The median’s household’s wealth declines more slowly than its remaining life expectancy, so that real annualized wealth actually tends to rise with age over retirement (emphasis mine).

Good news, right? Well, maybe not. The authors defined “annualized wealth” as stocks and homes, the value of Social Security, defined benefit pensions, and transfer payments like Food Stamps.

Ain’t government economics grand?

Here is the link to the story in the Journal.