Global wealth to grow by nearly 40% in five years, says Credit Suisse

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Global wealth is expected to rise by nearly 40% in the next five years to reach $334 trillion in 2018, according to a report by Credit Suisse. Today, global wealth stands at an all-time high of $241 trillion, or about $51,600 per adult. That figure is up 68% since 2003, with the US accounting for nearly three-quarters of the increase. Growth over the next five years will be driven by the emerging markets, with China alone accounting for nearly half. Credit Suisse calls China the "va