Challenges and Opportunities for the Wealth Sector in Malaysia 2014




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  • This report is the result of WealthInsight’s extensive research covering the high net worth individual (HNWI) population and wealth management market in Malaysia.
  • The report focuses on HNWI performance between the end of 2008 (the peak before the global financial crisis) and the end of 2013. This enables us to determine how well the country's HNWIs have performed through the crisis.

This report is a thorough analysis of Malaysia's Wealth Management and Private Banking sector, and the opportunities and challenges that it faces.


  • Independent market sizing of Malaysia HNWIs across five wealth bands
  • HNWI volume and wealth trends from 2009 to 2013
  • HNWI volume and wealth forecasts to 2018
  • HNWI and UHNWI asset allocations across 13 asset classes                             
  • Number of UHNWIs in each state and all major cities
  • Fastest growing cities and states for UHNWIs (2009-2013)
  • Insights into the drivers of HNWI wealth
Reasons To Buy

  • The Challenges and Opportunities for the Wealth Sector in Malaysia 2014 is an unparalleled resource and the leading resource of its kind. Compiled and curated by a team of expert research specialists, the database comprises dossiers on over 60,000 HNWIs from around the world.
  • With the wealth reports as the foundation for our research and analysis, we are able obtain an unsurpassed level of granularity, insight and authority on the HNWI and wealth management universe in each of the countries and regions we cover.
  • Report includes comprehensive forecasts to 2018.
Key Highlights

  • At the end of 2013, Malaysian HNWIs held 25.3% (US$38 billion) of their wealth outside their home country, which is level with the worldwide average of 20–30%. 
  • WealthInsight expects foreign asset holdings to increase to US$49 billion by 2018, accounting for 23.6% of total HNWI assets.
  • In 2013, the Asia-Pacific accounted for 54.1% of Malaysian HNWIs’ foreign assets. 
  • It was followed by South America with 11.4%, Africa with 9.5%, North America with 9.4%, the Middle East with 8.0% and Europe with 7.7%.
  • Malaysian HNWI allocations to South America increased compared with other regions during the review period, from 6.7% in 2009 to 11.4% in 2013. Asia-Pacific was the other emerging region in terms of global investments.
  • Over the forecast period, HNWIs are expected to increase their levels of investment in South America to 13.5% of foreign HNWI assets by 2018, with investments increasingly being diverted to emerging economies.