Winter 2020

Business, Banking & Finance
Wealthy Numbers Set to Grow

2020 looks set to be a year of solid expansion in the global wealthy population and their respective wealth, says Wealth-X’s Global Wealth Outlook for 2020 report.

This follows a very strong, but somewhat unanticipated performance in 2019, largely on the back of substantial gains in the equities market. The outlook for the wealthy improved over the last few months of 2019, yet worries remain over febrile global economic growth, including ongoing trade tensions, geopolitical uncertainty and unpredictable policymaking.

The report expects the number of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) to grow by 5.7 per cent to total 26.6 million in 2020, with such individuals accounting for a combined wealth of over $110 trillion. Like the general population, wealth is distributed unevenly among the wealthy, with exclusivity rising quickly above the $5-million threshold and even more so among those with over $30 million in net worth.

The number of people with very-high-net worth ($5 million to $30 million) is expected to reach 2.815 million from 2.668 million and the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals is projected to increase from 291,470 to 306,990.

Notwithstanding, growth in the number of such individuals, this year is expected to be around 5-6 per cent across all three major wealth tiers.

A multitude of factors influences the size of a country’s wealthy population, their respective wealth, and how that wealth is distributed. These range from the quality of institutions to tax and trade policy and the level of entrepreneurship, among others. 

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