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Global Wealth Report 2015

“Now in its sixth edition, the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report offers a comprehensive portrait of global wealth, covering all regions and countries, and all parts of the wealth spectrum, from the very base of the wealth pyramid to ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs). We believe that an inclusive picture of wealth across regions and incomes is essential to the understanding of wealth creation and its implications on consumption, retirement savings, and asset allocation. In providing that full picture, the report has grown to an indispensable source to scholars, policy-makers, and corporate decision-makers alike.Today, wealth is still predominantly concentrated in Europe and the United States. However, the growth of wealth in emerging markets has been most impressive, including a fivefold rise in China since the beginning of the century. The fact that financial assets accounted for most of the wealth growth in China highlights the relevance of financial markets in the creation of wealth, but also points to short-term vulnerabilities of wealth to financial shocks. Stock prices in China gained over 150% between June 2014 and mid-June 2015, only to decline sharply thereafter. At the end of June 2015, the date on which our wealth estimates are based, the stock market had weakened by over 20% from its peak. When this report went into press at the end of September, it was down an additional 25%…”

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