How Billionaire Investors Protect Their Wealth & Fortune

Above: How Billionaire Investors Protect Their Wealth & Fortune.

It can take a lifetime to build a fortune like Warren Buffett or Ray Dalio. But, as all billionaires know, there is always risk present in the stock market, and even though a catastrophic geopolitical or financial event is very unlikely, it is important to be prepared for anything.

The World’s Biggest Real Estate Bubbles In 2019

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Above: The World’s Biggest Real Estate Bubbles In 2019.

The World’s Biggest Real Estate Bubbles In 2019

With the current stock market bull run reaching nearly 10 years in length, it’s understandable that many investors are nervous about the end of the party coming sooner than later. However, as UBS notes in its latest report, there is also growing concern about another prominent bubble that has been in the works since the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Large amounts of easy money have fueled real estate bubbles in the world’s major cities, and the Swiss investment bank UBS now sees the property markets in six global cities as being at risk.

The Biggest Real Estate Bubbles In The World.
The Biggest Real Estate Bubbles In The World.

Hong Kong tops the “Real Estate Bubble” index this year. Any city with a score over 1.5 is considered at “Bubble Risk”, and right now those include two cities from Canada (Vancouver and Toronto), one from Asia (Hong Kong), and three from Europe (Amsterdam, London, and Munich in Germany). It is also very important to note that there are four cities that score just under the 1.5 real estate bubble threshold: Stockholm, Paris, San Francisco in California, and Frankfurt in Germany.

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Whether it is a real estate housing bubble or not, many real estate investors agree that San Francisco’s housing situation is still a crisis. In the San Francisco Bay Area, approximately 60% of all rental units are in rental controlled buildings, and the median single family house price is an incredible $1.7 million United States Dollars.

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Which Cities Hold Africa’s Wealth?

Africa’s Evolving Economy

The economy in Africa is on the rise, and financial hubs are beginning to slowly emerge. While Africa has traditionally played a minor role in the world market and global economy, the continent is coming into its own as a hub for financial services and entrepreneurship. Africa’s growing elite has added approximately 19,000 new millionaires over the past decade, with total private wealth totaling approximately $2.3 trillion United States Dollars. An easy way for investors to invest in Africa’s growth is by purchasing the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (exchange traded fund) through a stock broker such as Charles Schwab or TD Ameritrade.

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The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (exchange traded fund) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol “EZA” and gives investors exposure to large and mid-sized companies that are located in South Africa. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (exchange traded fund) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of South African companies that can benefit from Africa’s expected phenomenal growth during the next few decades.

The five wealthiest cities in Africa are located in three countries:

1. Johannesburg, South Africa ($276 billion)
Founded in the Witwatersrand Gold Rush of 1886, South Africa’s City of Gold is a hub for financial services, professional services (law firms and consultancies), construction, telecommunications, and basic materials.

2. Cape Town, South Africa ($155 billion)
One of South Africa’s three capital cities, Cape Town’s major sectors include real estate, financial services, retail, and tourism. Cape Town has the highest prime residential rates on the continent at US$6,100 per square meter, similar to cities such as Washington, D.C., or Berlin.

3. Cairo, Egypt ($140 billion)
A hub for Africa and the Middle East, Cairo’s major sectors include real estate, construction, financial services, and basic materials.

4. Lagos, Nigeria ($108 billion)
The clearing house for 80% of Nigeria’s imports, major sectors include basic materials, real estate, construction, telecommunications, transport, and financial services.

5. Durban, South Africa ($55 billion)
Home to the biggest shopping center in Africa – complete with 350 stores, 70 restaurants, 18 movie theaters, an IMAX theater, an indoor climbing wall, and a skate park designed by Tony Hawk – Durban’s major sectors include real estate, finance, healthcare, construction, retail, and transport.