You have to be able to afford illness. The top 10 percent can bridge a twelve-year gap. The lowest have no reserves.
In general, assets are much higher in the West than in the East, mainly due to real estate ownership Photo: dpa
Good for those who have a substantial financial cushion. This enables them to compensate for loss of income, for example, due to unemployment or illness, for a longer period of time. Poorer people, on the other hand, have to drastically reduce their spending either immediately or after a few weeks. This obvious effect of the extremely unequal distribution of wealth in Germany prompted the Economic and Social Research Institute (WSI) of the Hans Bockler Foundation, which is part of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), to investigate the extent of financial security reserves in the various segments of the population.