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india's household wealth more than doubles to $12.6 tn in 2019: Report

October 21, 2019 23:58 IST

The startling report comes at a time when many analysts are concerned over almost all the key indicators heading south or even contracting, forcing the government to offer massive tax giveaways.

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In a year when the overall economic growth decelerated to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent, a report has claimed that household wealth more than doubled $ 12.6 trillion in the calendar year 2019.

Total wealth held by the households in the country had stood at $ 5.972 trillion in 2018, according to a report by Swiss bank Credit Suisse on Monday.

 

The startling report comes at a time when many analysts are concerned over almost all the key indicators heading south or even contracting, forcing the government to offer massive tax giveaways.

The report also says household wealth in the country has grown four-times between 2000 and 2019, and the country will add another 43 per cent or $ 4.4 trillion to wealth over the next five years.

A specific query on the reasons for doubling up of household wealth was not answered by the bank, which also has operations in the country as a brokerage and other activities.

The report says this massive wealth includes both financial as well as investments in real assets like gold and property, and also takes on board currency movements.

It can be noted that property market has been in the doldrums since late 2016 following the note-ban.

The wealth per adult stood at $ 14,569 as per the report, or up 3.3 per cent, while their debt grew 11.5 per cent to $ 120 billion.

Financial assets grew at a lower 1.4 per cent as against 6.9 per cent increase in the non-financial assets, which reflects the volatile markets, the report notes, adding there are 8.27 lakh adults in the top 1 percent of global wealth-holders, who own 1.6 per cent of the global wealth.

Nearly 4,500 possess wealth of over $ 50 million, while 1,790 have over $ 100 million, the report says.

India is ranked fifth among the countries with ultra high net-worth individuals, according to the report.

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