The eight tycoons' net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality. Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-70s, growing it into the world's biggest software company and helping to make computers a household item. The richest person in Europe, Ortega opened the first Zara fashion shop in 1975.
Experts, including some pioneers of the 401(k) savings plans , worry that the current retirement system is not working for many Americans. More than half of workers — roughly 55 million — don't have access to a retirement plan on the job and 29 percent of households with members age 55 and older don't have a nest egg or a traditional pension plan. Perhaps a guaranteed mandate would work better, according to an odd couple of retirement system reformers.
If options traders are correct, stocks are in for a wild ride in February. Demand for one-month call options tied to the CBOE Volatility Index, a popular gauge of stock-market volatility, has spiked in the past week, a sign that some are bracing for a sharp downturn following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. In that time, investors have purchased 250,000 VIX call options with a strike price at 21, and another 100,000 with the strike at 22, according to Brian Bier, head of sales and trading at Macro Risk Advisors, an options brokerage. The options cost roughly 49 cents per contract, Bier said. By comparison, the CBOE Volatility Index VIX, -2.69% was at 11.16 in midday trading