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Global Wealth Reaches New All-Time High

Despite a decade of negative real returns on equities, several equity bear markets and the collapse of housing bubbles, the 2013 Credit Suisse Wealth Report finds that global wealth has more than doubled since 2000, reaching a new all-time high of 241 trillion US dollars. Strong economic growth and rising population levels in emerging nations are important drivers of this trend. Average wealth per adult has also hit a new peak of 51,600 US dollars, but inequality remains high.

source: Credit Suisse Research Institute

Wealth Per Adult Across Countries: Switzerland Remains On Top

As already noted, global household wealth equates to 51,600 US dollars per adult, a new all-time high for average net worth. This average global value masks considerable variation across countries and regions, as is evident in the figure. The richest nations, with wealth per adult over 100,000 US dollars, are found in North America, Western Europe, and among the rich Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern countries. They are headed by Switzerland, which in 2011 became the first country in which average wealth exceeded 500,000 US dollars. It dropped below this mark in 2012, but this year equity price rises resulted in a new peak value of 513,000 US dollars per adult. Australia (403,000 US dollars), Norway (380,000 US dollars) and Luxembourg (315,000 US dollars) all experienced an increase in wealth per adult and retain their respective second, third and fourth places from 2012. The United States, Sweden, France, Singapore, Belgium and Denmark are close behind, with average wealth per adult in the 250,000 to 300,000 US dollar range. A year ago, Japan moved up to fourth place in the table, but it has now been demoted and no longer ranks among the top ten countries.

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 collapse第四級[動詞] 倒塌; [名詞] 倒塌
 despite第四級[介系詞] 不管,儘管,任憑
 economic第四級[形容詞] 經濟上的;經濟學的
 emerging第四級emerge(浮現;出現) 的現在分詞
 equates第五級equate(用符號表示某種關係;等同) 的第三人稱單數現在式
 evident第四級[形容詞] 明顯的;明白的
 exceeded第五級exceed(超過;勝過) 的過去式及過去分詞
 household第四級[形容詞] 家庭的; [名詞] 一家人;家眷;家庭,戶
 housing第五級house(給...房子住) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 房屋,住宅
 pacific第五級[形容詞] (大寫) 太平洋的; 愛好和平的; 溫和的;平靜的; [名詞] (大寫) 太平洋
 respective第六級[形容詞] 分別的;各自的
 retain第四級[動詞] 保留,保持
 variation第六級[名詞] 變化;變異