Driven by economic performance, over the past few years the Indian wealth market has impressed with strong growth rates, which are expected to continue to 2020. India currently holds the crown as the world’s fastest growing major economy and, as such, it is beginning to positively distance itself from Brazil, Russia, and China. This, aligned with the substantial Indian population, underlines the huge potential of the market for wealth managers.
- Affluent individuals represent just 0.8% of the adult population, holding 93.5% of liquid assets. This reflects the high levels of wealth inequality in the country. Both the number of affluent individuals and their assets are forecast to grow strongly to 2020.
- Driven by a strong economic performance, the Indian retail savings and investments market will continue to exhibit rapid growth from 2016–20, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.8%. Assets will reach $2,361.7bn by the end of 2020.
- Deposits and equities will be the major drivers of growth in the market to 2020 as a result of robust economic and stock market performance. The drive for greater financial inclusion will also increase the share of the market held by deposits.
- Indian HNW individuals allocate 40.6% of their portfolios outside of traditional liquid asset classes, significantly above the global average. Direct property remains a key area of interest (38% of non-traditional assets), but private equity investment – particularly in start-ups and mid-stage companies – is gaining importance.
- Indian HNW offshore allocation is broadly in line with the global average (19.2% vs 18.7%). This is primarily driven by the desire for geographic diversification, and concerns about local currency volatility.
“Wealth in India: Sizing the Market Opportunity 2016” report analyzes the Indian wealth and retail savings and investments markets, with a focus on the HNW segment. The report is based on our proprietary datasets.
Specifically the report:
- Sizes the affluent market (both by number of individuals and the value of their liquid assets) using our proprietary datasets.
- Analyzes which asset classes are favored by Indian investors and how their preferences impact the growth of the total savings and investments market.
- Examines HNW clients’ attitudes towards non-liquid investments such as property and commodities.
- Identifies key drivers and booking centers for offshore investments.
Reasons to Buy
- Benchmark your share of the Indian wealth market against the current market size.
- Forecast your future growth prospects using our projections for the market to 2020.
- Identify your most promising client segment by analyzing the penetration of affluent individuals in India.
- Evaluate your HNW proposition by understanding how the Indian tax system will impact HNW clients.
- Review your offshore strategy by learning about HNW motivations for offshore investments and their preferred booking centers.
Table of Contents
The Indian wealth market remains one of huge potential
Critical success factors
SIZING AND FORECASTING THE INDIAN WEALTH MARKET
Wealth in India is extremely concentrated at the top end
Affluent individuals account for just 0.8% of India’s population
India’s wealth is heavily concentrated; the affluent hold over 90% of liquid assets
NRIs hold a sizable proportion of onshore liquid assets
DRIVERS OF GROWTH IN THE INDIAN WEALTH MARKET
India’s retail savings and investments market will continue to grow strongly
Strong economic performance will drive growth
The Indian retail savings and investments market is dominated by deposits and direct equity
Deposit and equity holdings will continue to grow fast
Deposits will continue to drive the overall retail savings and investment market
Financial inclusion is slowly increasing deposits
Falling interest rates and high inflation may reduce the appeal of deposits
The Indian stock market is fueling investment in both equities and mutual funds
The volatility of the BSE500 Index is reflected in equity and mutual fund assets
Equities and mutual funds are proving popular among retail investors
Fixed-income funds continue to dominate the mutual fund market
Bond investments are set to follow GDP rates, albeit at a lower level
HNW INVESTMENT PREFERENCES
Indian HNW individuals allocate over 40% of their portfolios outside of traditional liquid asset classes
Direct property remains important, but is losing some of its shine due to lower returns
Private equity investment is increasingly popular among HNW individuals
Offshore investment is of secondary importance to Indian HNW individuals
Indian HNW individuals use offshore centers for geographic diversification and to protect against currency volatility
The US and the UAE account for almost 70% of offshore bookings in India
Taxation is relatively moderate in India, and is thus a limited driver for offshore holdings
The government faces an ongoing battle with tax evasion
Abbreviations and acronyms
Double tax convention (DTC)
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