Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kuwait leads in private wealth booked offshore

Private financial wealth in Middle East and Africa grew by 4.7 percent in 2011, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report, entitled The Battle to Regain Strength: Global Wealth 2012, is BCG’s twelfth annual look at the global wealth-management industry and addresses the current size of the market, the state of offshore wealth, the performance levels of leading institutions, the emergence of alternative business models, and key trends that all players must adapt to.

According to the report, private financial wealth in Middle East and Africa grew to $4.5 trillion in 2011, up from $4.3 trillion in 2010, marking a 4.7 percent increase. Furthermore, it is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6 percent by 2016, to reach $6.1 trillion, largely as a result of continued strong GDP expansion in oil-rich countries.

Dr Sven-Olaf Vathje, Partner and Managing Director at BCG Middle East said: “We see this growth despite the fact that Middle Eastern and African stock markets suffered from the political instability caused by the uprisings across the Arab world in 2011. Despite this, the region’s private wealth grew in 2011 driven by high savings rates and strong economic growth in commodity-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The wealth held in bonds rose by 13.3 percent, and cash and deposits grew by 5.1 percent – only the amount of wealth held in equities decreased by 2.6 percent, mostly driven by weak market performance.”

The BCG study also estimates that between 2011 and 2016, private financial wealth in the region will grow by a CAGR of 8 percent for households worth more than $100 million, 8 percent for households worth between $1-$100 million and 5 percent for households worth less than $1 million. “In 2011, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain were among the top ten countries in the world by proportion of millionaire households,” Markus Massi, Partner and Managing Director at BCG Middle East added. “Qatar stood at second place with 14.3 percent millionaire households; Kuwait came in third (11.8 percent); the UAE came in sixth (5 percent); and Bahrain stood at tenth place (3.2 percent).”

In terms of proportion of $100 million-plus, ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) households, Kuwait and Qatar each had 6 UHNW households per 100,000 households, while the UAE had 4 UHNW households per 100,000 households. For private financial wealth originating from Middle East and Africa in 2011, Switzerland was the biggest offshore center attracting $0.56 trillion, followed by the UK drawing $0.33 trillion.

In fact, with over a third of all assets booked abroad in 2011, Middle East and Africa had the highest proportion of offshore wealth in the world. In terms of percentage of private wealth booked offshore, Kuwait (53 percent) took the lead in the region, followed by UAE (52 percent), Tunisia (45 percent), Bahrain (37 percent), Lebanon (34 percent) and Morocco (30 percent). As a regional offshore financial center Dubai held assets worth $0.2 trillion with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Iran and Turkey as the top five sources of offshore wealth.

No comments:

Post a Comment