UHNWIs numbers on the globe grow faster than ever, research shows. But distribution of wealth is very uneven.
The richest 1% in the largest nations significantly boosted their share of the wealth last year. It happened primarily because of interest rates cuts following the Covid-19 outbreak, Credit Suisse concluded in a report last Tuesday. This is the twelfth edition of the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2021 and it is worth to read.
Wealth creation in 2020 was largely immune to the challenges facing the world due to the actions taken by governments, and central banks to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. Total global wealth grew by 7.4%.
Household wealth has been extremely resilient to the adverse economic conditions. The reduction in consumption opportunities due to lockdowns, travel restrictions, combined with income-support programs, led to a rise in saving for many people.
The household wealth outcomes in 2020 were unforeseen. Given the health and economic challenges, an optimistic forecast would have hoped that household wealth would not collapse as much as GDP. But research revealed that main determinants of wealth levels have become detached from the those affecting daily life in a pandemic-stricken economy. Wealth levels have continued to grow as if nothing unusual is happening.
Not everywhere the richest got more prosperous during the pandemic.
Change in the number
of millionaires by country, 2020
|Adults (thousand) with wealth above USD 1 m|
|Hong Kong SAR||560||520||-40|
|United Arab Emirates||208||169||-39|
Source: James Davies, Rodrigo Lluberas and Anthony Shorrocks, Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2021
What about the top of the top? In 2020, the UHNW group expanded by 41,420 adults, a rise of 24%, which exceeds the rate in any year this century except 2003. Most regions contributed to this rise, with Africa and Latin America the only exceptions. North America, up 21,640 (23%), added the most members. China added fewer members, an extra 9,830. But this represents a 54% increase on the number in 2019. The percentage rises were also substantial in Europe (up 17%) and Asia-Pacific (up 20%).
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