It's time for a bit of optimism...
You may not know it. But we're seeing an incredibly good economic omen today.
It has the potential to "redistribute wealth." But not in the way you might expect...
To understand it, we need to walk through a bit of economic theory. Don't worry though... We're not going to get totally lost in the weeds. We just need to focus on one important fact.
The world is changing. And it's changing for the better.
I know it because one economic event has the power to reshape America's middle class. It's happening now. And I believe it will lead to capitalism's next "rising tide."
Let's get into it...
Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making a big prediction about the future of his company.
He believes the company is in for a major change in the next five to 10 years. It's not a change to the social network you probably use daily... but rather, to the way his employees will make it a reality going forward.
You see, Zuckerberg thinks more than half of the company will transition to remote-worker status. And he believes those folks will move away from ultra-expensive Silicon Valley to lower-cost-of-living areas.
This is just one company. But it's likely the start of a trend. And it could be huge. Think about what this means...
Employees with high-paying jobs could have the ability to move wherever they want. Software engineers in Silicon Valley can make as much as $150,000 a year. And that's just a starting salary!
Now, Zuckerberg is warning that some of those folks will take a pay cut if they move to less expensive areas. But don't let that fool you. This isn't outsourcing.
Even if the software engineers from our example make 30% less, they'd still be making more than $100,000 a year. That's almost double the median household income in the U.S.
These days, most households are dual-income homes. And that means that these families will be solidly at the upper end of the middle-class in the U.S.
No matter where these workers settle, it's going to have a big rising-tide effect...
Families like these are drivers of economic clichés. I'm sure you've heard "it's a consumer-driven economy." Well, these families will consume. And they'll be consuming in communities that had previously been underexposed to high-paying tech jobs.
There's no question about it. This will be a big win for the communities these tech workers enter.
This will be capitalism's next rising tide. It will lift up the next generation. And it will lead to a more equally distributed, highly paid labor force.
I'm sure you've already guessed by now... it's not just Facebook that sees this transition coming.
COVID-19 is the supercharging catalyst here. And darn near every tech business is thinking, "Do we really need all of these workers here?"
Employers are letting people work remotely at rates we've never seen before. The majority of Google's employees will be working from home for the rest of the year, for example.
The genie is out of the bottle. And it makes me optimistic about our long-term prospects. You should be, too.
It may feel like economic progress has been shaken to the core. But I promise you... the progress of humanity hasn't been permanently derailed.
We've taken a short detour. But along the way, we've found the ability to unlock the most dynamic labor force that capitalism has ever had access to.
We don't know exactly how it will all shake out. But the odds are very much in our favor.
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