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Singapore to have highest concentration of millionaires by 2017
uusjio | May 6, 2008 at 08:54 pmby
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Singapore (ANTARA News) - Singapore is expected to surpass Hong Kong within 10 years as home to the highest concentration of millionaires in the world, a Barclays Wealth report said Wednesday.
A total of 40.7 per cent of all households, or 436,000, are forecast to boast new wealth in excess of 1 million US dollars by 2017.
Two out of every five households in the city-state are expected to be millionaires by then, according to the report examining the combined wealth of household members.
Singapore ranked second with 23.3 per cent last year, trailing Hong Kong's rate of 26.4 per cent.
The opening of previously protected sectors such as financial services and several free-trade agreements have helped Singapore's rise, Barclays Wealth was quoted by DPA as saying.
The city-state's efforts to move away from manufacturing into higher value-added services such as technology and finances service were also cited. (*) end