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Friday, 15 July 2011

High-Net Worth Individuals on the Rise in U.S. - As unemployment numbers remain markedly high -

High-Net Worth Individuals on the Rise in U.S. - As unemployment numbers remain markedly high - 


As unemployment numbers remain markedly high, the number of high-net worth individuals in the U.S. continued to increase in 2010, according to Capgemini’s 2011 U.S. Metro Wealth Index.


The index, released on Tuesday, found that the number of high-net worth individuals (HNWI) in the top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas jumped by 7.3% in 2010, with New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago highest on the list and Houston recording the highest total growth rate of 9.6% taking over the No. 8 slot from Detroit.


Although the number of high-net worth individuals increased in 2010, the growth in HNWI was down compared to 2009 when growth the number shot up 17.5% after declining sharply in 2008. Nonetheless, the number of HNWI in the U.S. surpassed the 2007 pre-crisis levels.


“We saw many HNWIs – not just in these metropolitan statistical areas, but globally – taking on more calculated investment risks and shifting assets into what we consider more aggressive asset classes in a continued effort to recoup some of the losses they faced as a result of the financial crisis,” said William Sullivan, Head of Global Market Intelligence, Capgemini Financial Services, in a press release. “An important contributor to the increase in HNWI population we saw in these areas was the continued rise in U.S. equity and commodity markets, which led to many investors seeing the value of their investments grow.”


Read more - http://www.onwallstreet.com/news/rich-unemployment-capgemini-wealth-2674190-1.html

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