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The shifting landscape of global wealth

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From past to future: The wealth landscape

Written by  The Economist Intelligence Unit

As wealth changes hands and new opportunities emerge, how will the global high-net-worth (HNW) population evolve? Discover the future of wealth.

Region Number of HNWIs

Percentages may not add to 100% because of rounding.

Wealth Opportunity Index

Written by  The Economist Intelligence Unit

What countries are primed to support the future of wealth? Explore the 15-region ranking, measuring the key drivers and challenges for the high-net-worth population.

With more than six million, the U.S. ranks #1 for the largest population of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).

The U.S. holds the highest share of women HNWIs at 34.4 percent.

North America holds the largest share of HNW Baby Boomers.

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New wealth rising: The shifting landscape of global wealth

Written by  The Economist Intelligence Unit

The influence of affluence is changing — from local to global, and from one focused on returns to one founded on personal values.

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Lessons learned for the next generation

A professional athlete shares the importance of building the right financial team and lessons learned for the next generation.

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The future-empowered high-net-worth investor

How technology and human power will reshape the wealth management industry.

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For high-net-worth investors in America, planning is key to confidence in financial goals

Written by  The Economist Intelligence Unit

Despite a strong environment for wealth creation, Americans continue to struggle with a lack of confidence in their financial security.

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Young high-net-worth investors' mindset and technological savvy spurs global investing

Written by  The Economist Intelligence Unit

How younger Americans could spur a shift toward global investing.

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High-net-worth (HNW) investors in the U.S.

Older U.S. investors show less risk-tolerance than younger peers, with twice as many saying they will shift to less-risky investments over the next five years.

44%

Older investors

22%

Younger investors

This risk aversion may partially explain the popularity of bonds and mutual funds among U.S. investors:

Bonds

27%

U.S.

22%

Canada

26%

UK

Mutual funds

57%

U.S.

45%

Canada

21%

UK

18%

of U.S. investors also cite less affinity for real estate.

Future HNW investors in the U.S.

Coming of age in an era of stagnating wages, younger Americans more often think wealth is less easily attained or preserved today compared with a generation ago.

60%

Younger Americans

46%

Older Americans

At the same time, however, younger Americans are more optimistic about the future:

51%

think future generations will have more opportunity to generate wealth

33%

of older Americans agree

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