Global wealth seen rising: Credit Suisse

Global household wealth

Global household wealth witnessed a significant fall between mid-2011 and mid-2012, but the outlook for the next five years looks bright as the aggregate wealth is expected to rise by almost 50 per cent to USD 330 trillion in the next five years, says a survey.

According to the Credit Suisse Research Institute's third annual Global Wealth Report 2012, from mid-2011 to mid-2012 aggregate global household wealth fell by 5.2 per cent in current dollar terms to USD 223 trillion due to the economic uncertainties particularly those affecting the Eurozone.

During the period under consideration, Eurozone members suffered the largest losses, led by France (USD 2.2 trillion), Italy (USD 2.1 trillion), Germany (USD 1.9 trillion) and Spain (USD 870 billion).

Asia Pacific lost about USD 1.4 trillion of household assets, while India shed USD 0.7 trillion, Credit Suisse said.

Moreover there was also a significant rise in household debt, which rose in aggregate by 81 per cent from 2000-2012.

However, despite the setbacks in 2007 and more recently, household wealth has grown strongly over the past decade, with the global aggregate doubling from the USD 113 trillion recorded at the start of the millennium.

A similar kind of uptrend was witnessed in the case of India as well, where aggregate wealth more than tripled during 2000 to 2011.

Household wealth is expected to rise by almost 50 per cent in the next five years from USD 223 trillion in 2012 to USD 330 trillion in 2017 and the number of millionaires worldwide would reach 46 million in 2017.

India will see a substantial increase (53 per cent) in the number of millionaires which will touch 84,000 by 2017.

"There's no question that the economic uncertainties of the past year ¿ particularly those affecting the Eurozone have cast a huge shadow over household wealth," Credit Suisse Research Institute's Michael O'Sullivan and Richard Kersley said.

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