Last updated: 23:40 / Tuesday, 22 November 2016
CSRI Global Wealth Report

Growth in Global Wealth Remains Limited in 2016

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Growth in Global Wealth Remains Limited in 2016

According to the Credit Suisse Research Institute's (CSRI) seventh annual Global Wealth Report, the overall growth in global wealth remained limited in 2016, continuing the trend that emerged in 2013 and contrasting sharply with the double-digit growth rates witnessed before the global financial crisis of 2008.

In the mid-term, only moderate acceleration is expected. Switzerland once again ranked as the global leader in terms of average wealth per adult in 2016.

As the latest edition of the CSRI Global Wealth Report shows, total global wealth in 2016 edged upwards by USD 3.5 trillion to a total of USD 256 trillion (or 1.4%), a rise very much in line with the increase in the world’s adult population. Accordingly, average wealth per adult of USD 52,800 remains in line with last year’s figures.

Brexit vote hits wealth

The UK suffered a significant drop in wealth in 2016, with USD 1.5 trillion being wiped off household wealth in response to the Brexit vote, which triggered a sharp decline in exchange rates and the stock market.

Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer of International Wealth Management at Credit Suisse, stated: “The impact of the Brexit vote is widely thought of in terms of GDP but the impact on household wealth bears watching. Since the Brexit vote, UK household wealth has fallen by USD 1.5 trillion. Wealth per adult has already dropped by USD 33,000 to USD 289,000 since the end of June. In fact, in US dollar terms, 406,000 people in the UK are no longer millionaires.”

Japan rises, distribution of Chinese wealth growth more unequal

The Global Wealth Report also highlights the impact of adverse currency movements, which caused wealth to fall in every region except Asia-Pacific. The highest rise in wealth amongst individual countries was achieved by Japan with a total increase of USD 3.9 trillion, followed by a USD 1.7 trillion rise in the US. Switzerland once again topped the rankings in terms of average wealth per adult. Despite a decline in average adult wealth, its leading position remains unchallenged.

Loris Centola, Global Head of Research of International Wealth Management, said: “The consequences of the 2008-2009 recession will continue to have a material impact on growth, which is pointing more and more towards a long-term stagnation. The emergence of a multi-polar world, confirmed by the impact of the Brexit vote in the UK and by the US Presidential election, is likely to exacerbate such a trend, which could possibly lead to a new normal lower rate of wealth growth.”

Key themes addressed in the Global Wealth Report include:

  • Wealth outlook
  • Trends in the number of millionaires
  • The wealth pyramid
  • Bottom billion
  • Inequality

For a copy of the Global Wealth Report 2016, follow this link.

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El informe de la riqueza mundial se ha elaborado a partir de datos sobre los niveles de riqueza de 4.800 millones de adultos en más de 200 países: desde multimillonarios, en la cúspide, hasta las secciones media e inferior de la pirámide de la riqueza, que a menudo pasan por alto otros estudios.

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