Americans' Net Worth Shrinks
Losses hit $1.33 trillion in 1st quarter
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June 12, 2009, WASHINGTON, The News Observer — The brute force of the recession earlier this year turned back the clock on Americans' personal wealth to 2004 and wiped out a staggering $1.3 trillion as home values shrank and investments withered.
Net worth, or the value of assets such as homes, checking accounts and investments minus debts like mortgages and credit cards, declined 2.6 percent in the first three months of the year, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.
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