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Equities have been a great choice, the global index is up 17% over the past year and India’s Sensex is 14% higher. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Equities have been a great choice, the global index is up 17% over the past year and India’s Sensex is 14% higher. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Super rich Indians’ love of equities dwarfs rest of the world

As the allure of gold and property has faded following demonetisation and GST rollout, wealthy Indians have developed propensity with share purchases

Mumbai: 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% of India’s population who earn $50 million or more lifted their holdings in the 12 months through October, compared with the 62% 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.

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

India’s ultra-wealthy population, defined as those earnings $500 million or more, grew 18% between 2016-2017, compared with an 11% expansion globally, according to Knight Frank’s annual wealth report released Wednesday. By the end of 2022 those in that super-rich category will have swelled to 340 people, a 70% increase, the report estimated. Bloomberg

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