World wealth to grow 50 per cent in 5 years: Credit Suisse

Reuters, Wednesday 19 Oct 2011

Global report describes a time of 'unprecedented economic change' where a 'radical configuration' of the world's order is taking shape

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Total wealth to grow in coming years (Photo: Reuters)

Global wealth could rise 50 per cent to US$345 trillion over the next five years, spurred by a near doubling of total household wealth in China and strong growth in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa, a Credit Suisse report released on Wednesday said.

The Global Wealth Report 2011 from Credit Suisse research said total global wealth jumped 14 per cent between January 2010 and June 2011, ending the period at $231 trillion, with Asia Pacific countries responsible for 54 per cent of the rise.

"These are times of unprecedented economic change, and a radical reconfiguration of the world's economic order is taking shape," said Osama Abbasi, Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse.

"Emerging markets are important drivers of the global recovery and remain the key growth engines of global wealth."

With an expected $81 trillion, the United States is seen remaining in the top spot in 2016 in terms of total household wealth, while China is set to leapfrog Japan into second place by almost doubling its household wealth to $39 trillion.

Adults in Switzerland, Australia and Norway are the richest in the world, with Swiss adults holding average wealth of $540,010, the only country where the average adult has more than $500,000.

The net worth of the average Swiss person when measured in U.S. dollars, was bumped up by the strength of the Swiss franc, which rose about 10 per cent in value against the greenback from the start of the year to the end of June.


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