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Where are India's rich investing? Stocks beat gold and property too
Business Standard  |  March 9, 2018

Dhwani Pandya Bloomberg

Wealthy Indians are buying stocks hand over fist, eclipsing the strong appetite for equities seen across the world, according to a Knight Frank study.

 

Some 95 per cent of India’s population with net assets of $50 million or more lifted their holdings in the 12 months through October, compared with the 62 per cent global average, the analysis showed. At the same time, they shunned historically favoured assets from property to gold, which ranked among the investments seeing the smallest allocation increase for India’s rich.

 

Where the Super Rich are Investing?

 

Equities have been a great choice the global index is up 17 per cent over the past year and India’s Sensex is 14 per cent higher. The allure of gold and property has faded following the government’s crackdown on unaccounted wealth in 2016. Once Asia’s top real-estate market, India has witnessed a sharp in sales following the cash ban, new consumer protection laws and the roll-out of a nationwide sales tax.

 

At 17 per cent, property investments was among the lowest contributing factor that led to an increase in wealth among Indians. That compares with 30 per cent for Asia and 50 per cent globally, according to Knight Frank’s annual wealth report released Wednesday.

 

India’s ultra-wealthy population, defined as those with net assets of $500 million or more, grew 18 per cent between 2016-2017, compared with an 11 per cent rise globally. By the end of 2022 those in that super-rich category will have swelled to 340 people, a 70 per cent jump, the report estimated.

 

Equities have been a great choice the global index is up 17 per cent over the past year and India’s Sensex is 14 per cent higher. The allure of gold and property has faded following the government’s crackdown on unaccounted wealth in 2016. Once Asia’s top real-estate market, India has witnessed a sharp in sales following the cash ban, new consumer protection laws and the roll-out of a nationwide sales tax.

 

At 17 per cent, property investments was among the lowest contributing factor that led to an increase in wealth among Indians. That compares with 30 per cent for Asia and 50 per cent globally, according to Knight Frank’s annual wealth report released Wednesday.

 

India’s ultra-wealthy population, defined as those with net assets of $500 million or more, grew 18 per cent between 2016-2017, compared with an 11 per cent rise globally. By the end of 2022 those in that super-rich category will have swelled to 340 people, a 70 per cent jump, the report estimated.