Asia's affluent lose one-fifth of wealth in 2008

Hong Kong's high-net-worth crowd were the hardest hit in Asia-Pacific by the financial crisis, according to the annual wealth report from Capgemini and Merrill Lynch.

It was perhaps inevitable that after experiencing such rapid wealth growth in the past few years, Asia's high-net-worth individuals suffered particularly keenly from the recent crisis. But there is still huge market potential in the region for advisory firmsĀ able to tap it.

The wealth of the region's high-net-worth individuals HNWIs -- those with $1 million or more in investable assets -- fell by 22.3% to $7.4 trillion last year, below the level in 2006....

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