Are we better off or worse off?
It’s a difficult question to answer five years after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers triggered a global financial meltdown that nearly became the first full-blown depression since the 1930s. On one hand, the economy is growing and creating jobs, with some portion of the U.S. population back to business as usual. Yet it’s also clear that life has gotten tougher for millions of Americans, perhaps permanently.
Reporting by Rick Newman, Yahoo Finance.