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Asia is the most expensive region followed by European cities and the Americas in the world



Asia is the most expensive region followed by European cities and the Americas in the world

The Swiss bank has released its third edition of the Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report, mirroring the spending examples of high net worth people and examining costs in 24 key cities all over the world.

Asia keeps on being the most expensive region on the planet while European cities remain generally expensive and the Americas the least expensive by and large, Julius Baer Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report 2022 uncovers.

“The enduring effects of the pandemic, combined with a complicated set of macro-economic conditions and supply chain disruptions, has caused price rises for three-quarters of the goods and services in our Lifestyle Index,” Nicolas de Skowronski, head of Wealth Management Solutions at Julius Baer said.

As far as their global rankings, compared with one another, the report tracks down that Asia, EMEA, and the Americas are unaltered from a year ago.

Utilizing its wide-ranging Lifestyle Index, Julius Baer tracks costs and customer conduct all over the world to measure the value expansion of a basket of goods and services illustrative of the great total assets of individual ways of life in cities all over the world. With this, the firm said investors can gauge the portfolio returns expected to safeguard, or even develop their buying power.

While they are more protected from rising costs for household goods and food, the flood in global expansion lately isn’t leaving HNW individuals unscathed, provoking wealth managers to rethink investment strategy.


As per the report, the Asia-Pacific region has four cities in the best five most expensive cities. Shanghai is at the highest point of the ranking, encountering the most elevated weighted-normal cost increment (30%).

Tokyo is the greatest faller in the global rankings generally, for the most part down to the worth of the Japanese yen, which devalued impressively against the dollar. China is additionally still set to be the world’s greatest market for extravagance products by around 2025, the report finds.


EMEA stays the second most expensive region to live in, with four cities in the best ten (London, Monaco, Zurich, Paris). Obviously, London is the greatest riser, arriving at the second place from eighth, driven areas of strength by residential property and hospitality services. Monaco, positioned in 6th position, likewise has the world’s priciest residential property, coming in at 242% more costly than the regional normal.

The Americas

The Americas, which is as yet the most reasonable region to live well, doesn’t have a solitary city in the main tent, the report finds. Vehicles and residential properties are undeniably more affordable contrasted and different regions. The region has two high-potential, creating economies in Brazil and Mexico.

Should similar market conditions continue, it isn’t unfathomable that one year from now the US and Canada will have been outperformed in cost by their southern neighbors, the report states. Specifically, São Paulo shot up the ranking by nine places to 12th this year and Mexico City rose to 22nd.

Except for New York, which positioned 11th, North America’s low rankings could to a great extent be made sense of by the temporary weakness of the dollar during the recuperation from the pandemic, the report adds. Vancouver, which came in 20th position, has the largest number of most economical things provincially.

Basket changes

Seeing in general changes in the crate of merchandise, Christian Gattiker, head of research at Julius Baer said: “While the financial situation of many HNWIs has actually improved over the last year, the concurrent increase in the basket of goods and services that make up our Lifestyle Index means the ‘money illusion’ of previous years still lingers, eroding the purchasing power of wealthy individuals.”

Two of the greatest risers in merchandise were whisky (+27.4 percent) and bicycles(+30.4 percent) both because of a global lack, the report shows. Technology likewise shot up by 41% while cars fell by 9.5 percent. One of the greatest fallers was wine (- 26.1 percent): Château Lafite 2015 supplanted the 2009 vintage. Despite the fact that it is of similar quality, it is all the more broadly accessible and doesn’t order such exorbitant costs.

Interestingly, the report likewise incorporates a Lifestyle Survey that asks HNW people s across the world about their consumption, spending, and investment habits. It shows how HNW people are progressively adjusting their financial and investment decisions more intimately with their own qualities.

In all regions, maintainability is a very, while perhaps not incredibly, significant thought for most respondents. HNW individuals for the most part need to advance maintainability through speculations, which is the reason ESG assumes an inexorably significant part with regards to investment decisions, it concludes.

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