The world will have nearly 40% more millionaires in 2026 compared with the end of last year, according to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute released on Tuesday.
The five-year outlook âis for wealth to continue growing,â said Nannette Hechler-Faydâherbe, Chief Investment Officer for the EMEA region and Global Head of Economics & Research at Credit Suisse.
Higher inflation âyields higher forecast values for global wealth when expressed in current U.S. dollars rather than real U.S. dollars. Our forecast is that, by 2024, global wealth per adult should pass the $100,000 threshold and that the number of millionaires will exceed 87 million individuals over the next five years,â Hechler-Faydâherbe said in a statement.
Buoyed by rising stock prices and low interest rates, global wealth increased global wealth last year totaled $463.6 trillion, a gain of 9.8% at prevailing exchange raises, Credit Suisse said in its annual âGlobal Wealth Report 2022.â Wealth per adult rose 8.4% to $87,489, it said.
All regions contributed to the rise in global wealth, but North America and China dominated, with North America accounting for more than half of the global total and China adding another quarter, the report said. In percentage terms, North America and China recorded the highest growth rates â around 15% each, it said.
The United States continued to rank highest in the number of the worldâs richest with more than 140,000 ultra-high-net-worth individuals with wealth above $50 million, followed by China with 32,710 individuals, the report said. Worldwide, Credit Suisse estimates that there were 62.5 million millionaires at the end of 2021, 5.2 million more than the year before.
By contrast, this year looks tough. âSome reversal of the exceptional wealth gains of 2021 is likely in 2022/2023 as several countries face slower growth or even recession,â the report said.
Rises in interest rates in 2022 have already had an adverse impact on bond and share prices and are also likely to hurt investment in non-financial assets, the Global Wealth Report noted.
Longer term, growth will recover, Credit Suisse predicted. âGlobal wealth in nominal U.S. dollars is expected to increase by $169 trillion by 2026, a rise of 36%,â from last year, it said.
The beneficiaries will be more spread out globally, the report predicted. âLow and middle-income countries currently account for 24% of wealth, but will be responsible for 42% of wealth growth over the next five years. Middle-income countries will be the primary driver of global trends,â Credit Suisse said.
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