The quantity of millionaire households in America amplified by 400,000 in 2016, accomplishing a new record of 10.8 million, according to a new study. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the amount of millionaire households has increased every year, augmenting an overall of 4 million millionaire households, according to Spectrem Group, the wealth research firm. The stats mean that one out of every 10 households in America is worth $ 1 million or more. Spectrem outlines millionaire households as those households with $ 1 million or more in investable assets, not including a primary residence.
The number of multimillionaire households has also increased. There are now 1.4 million households worth $ 5 million or more and 156,000 households worth $ 25 million or more. George Walper, president of Spectrem Group, mentioned the growth in millionaires last year was due in part to the stock-market run-up after the election. “People were hesitant before the election, but once the election was over, we’ve seen these markets reach record highs and that would increase the value of people’s investments,” Walper said. He said that the gains were more incremental than sudden, with large groups of prosperous and wealthy Americans gradually seeing their portfolios and assets gain value.
“It’s more of an escalator than an elevator,” he said. “You’re seeing people worth maybe $ 900,000 move into the million category, rather than someone going from $ 100,000 to $ 26 million.” Walper mentioned he anticipated 2017 to set another record, provided that markets stay stable or rise. “If Trump’s policies get implemented and it has a positive effect on markets, I think we could have a similar growth and record next year,” he said.