One of the defining characteristics of a capitalist economy is that by privatizing the means of production it "rewards" those who most efficiently use those means to create value. As a result, the distribution of income and wealth is not necessarily uniform. In 2012 the Congressional Research Service estimated that in 2010 the top 1% of households accounted for just over a third of total wealth (34.5%), and the next nine percent of households another 40% of wealth. The bottom 50% of households was estimated to account for just over 1.1% of total wealth. What does this distribution say about the current state of the economy? If it strays from what is expected or desired, how should it be addressed?