Opalesque Industry Update - Although the global economic crisis had a significant adverse effect on US High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), recovery is already evident and substantial growth is forecast to 2016.|
The American Dream Disturbed
Whilst the US still accounted for 30% of the global total of HNWIs in 2011, the global financial crisis, compounded by weak property and global equity markets, saw the number of US HNWIs decrease by 3.1% since 2007 – from 5.3 million to 5.1 million. Furthermore, HNWI pension fund assets declined from $2.0 trillion in 2007 to $1.9 trillion by 2011.
Sweet Dreams Forecast for US HNWIs
Despite the decline in US HNWIs to 2011, 2012 saw a marked recovery: HNWI numbers rose by 3.9%, whilst HNWI wealth rose by 4.7%. New research released by Timetric suggests that this trend is set to continue, with the total number of US HNWIs to grow by 19.4% to reach 6.1 million in 2016. It suggests that HNWI wealth increase will be even greater, growing by 25% to reach $23.5 trillion by 2016.
Alternatives are expected to be the top-performing asset class for HNWIs during this period, followed by equities and fixed income products. Consequently, there will be a movement away from cash and towards alternatives.
Additionally, US HNWIs are expected to decrease their level of investment in Europe to 20% by 2016, as a result of ongoing concerns regarding the Euro, and a possible double-dip recession in the region.
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