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Latam millionaires ‘smarter’ than Asia-Pacific peers during 2007/10 recession

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011 - 23:08 UTC
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Half a million millionaires in Latin America, among which Mexico’s telecommunication tycoon Carlos Slim Half a million millionaires in Latin America, among which Mexico’s telecommunication tycoon Carlos Slim

Millionaires in Latin America fared better than their compatriots in other regions during the global recession. A combination of a conservative investing streak and Latin America's brisk recovery helped millionaires in the region minimize losses in the last four years, according to the latest annual Merrill Lynch-Capgemini World Wealth Report.

Their combined wealth rose 18.1% from 2007 to 2010, beating the 14.1% pace of Asia-Pacific millionaires, the second-highest achievers.

North American rich people saw their asset values fall 0.8% during the four-year period, while European millionaires suffered shrinkage of 4.4%.

Latin America has demonstrated “its resilience and its ability to grow consistently,” said Capgemini Financial Services' David Wilson, an author of the report.

The region, to be sure, has large pockets of poverty and fewer millionaires than many other areas. Fewer than half a million people in Latin America have investable assets of one million or more, the report said.

North America has the wealthy with 3.4 million millionaires.

Major US and global banks have not ignored Latin American wealth. The study found the ranks of wealth management advisers in the region surging as local economies quickly returned to growth after the global slowdown.

Brazil and Mexico are home to the largest concentrations of money. More than 40% of Latin America's millionaires are in Brazil, according to British lender Standard Chartered Plc.
 

Categories: Economy, Latin America.

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