Hit by adverse currency movements, India’s household wealth has fallen by USD 26 billion to USD 3 trillion in the current year, shows the latest report by global financial services major Credit Suisse.
According to the ‘Global Wealth Report’ compiled by Credit Suisse Research Institute, wealth in the country in dollar terms went down by 0.8 per cent (USD 26 billion) to USD 3.099 trillion in 2016 compared to last year.
The report noted that while wealth has been rising in India, not everyone has shared in this growth.
“There is still considerable wealth poverty, reflected in the fact that 96 per cent of the adult population has wealth below USD 10,000,” the report said.
“At the other extreme, a small fraction of the population (0.3 per cent of adults) has a net worth over USD 1,00,000,” it added, noting that due to India’s large population, this translates into 2.4 million people.
As per the report, the country has 2,48,000 adults in the top 1 per cent of global wealth holders, a 0.5 per cent share.
“By our estimates, 2,260 adults have wealth over USD 50 million, and 1,040 have more than USD 100 million,” it added.
Overall, the Asia Pacific region in 2016 saw wealth increase by 4.5 per cent to nearly USD 80 trillion.
“China and India were hit by adverse currency movements and as a result, their household wealth fell by 2.8 per cent and 0.8 per cent to USD 23 trillion and USD 3 trillion, respectively,” the report noted.
Among other major economies in the region, wealth in Australia remained largely unchanged (decline of 0.2 per cent) and South Korea saw an increase of 1 per cent.
Globally, the wealth stood at USD 256 trillion — a rise of 1.4 per cent from a year ago.
The report noted that rise in global wealth is in line with the increase in the world’s adult population with average wealth per adult remaining constant at USD 52,800.
According to Credit Suisse, while developing economies are likely to outpace the developed world in terms of wealth growth, they will still only account for just under a third of growth over the next five years.
“They (developing nations) currently account for around 18 per cent of global household wealth, against just 12 per cent in 2000,” it added.