Knight Frank Launches 2019 Wealth Report

Knight Frank has launched the 13th edition of The Wealth Report, providing the global perspective on prime property and wealth. The annual publication includes the Knight Frank City Wealth Index; price movements across 100 luxury residential property markets; the results of Knight Frank’s Luxury Investment Index; and, the Attitudes Survey.

Headlines from the report include:  

  • The global UHNWI population is forecast to rise by 22% over the next five years. In the Middle East the UHNWI population is forecast to grow by 20% over the same time period.
  • In the four major economic cities of the GCC countries, (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah and Riyadh), UHNWI growth over this period is expected to register at 15%.
  • 2019 will be the year the number of US$ millionaires globally exceeds 20 million for the first time.
  • Whatever the Brexit outcome, London will remain the leading global wealth centre, and retakes top spot in Knight Frank’s City Wealth Index
  • Manila leads Knight Frank’s Prime International Residential Index with prices rising by 11% in 2018
  • 63% of the world’s ultra-high-net-worth population saw an increase in their wealth in 2018
  • 31% of all global commercial real estate transactions involve private capital.

Liam Bailey, global head of research at Knight Frank said: “We regularly get asked by clients to predict what might happen in the year to come in terms of wealth creation, wealth movement and luxury property prices globally. What stands out for me this coming year is that despite a darkening economic outlook, wealth creation will remain a constant in 2019 with the global UHNWI population set to rise by more than a fifth over the next five years.

“Despite the risks from Brexit – London will remain the leading global wealth centre in 2019. With the world’s largest UHNWI population, the city sweeps the board in our annual City Wealth Index, pushing its only serious rival, New York, into second place.

“The wealthy will continue to demand access to global markets, especially as emerging economies see growth rates slow and the search for diversification grows. A record 26% of global UHNWIs will begin to plan for emigration this year, and to help them a record number of countries will offer citizenship and residency through investment schemes.

“As wealth moves more rapidly around the world, investors will become increasingly active in their investment strategies. Rising interest rates and the end of quantitative easing mean we are reaching the end of the “everything bubble”. In the past decade it was enough to buy classic cars, art or property and the generosity of central banks would help deliver super-charged returns. As this process unwinds property investors will become increasingly focused on income, asset management and development opportunities.”

Click here to download the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2019


Publication: 6 March 2019

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