Rallying stocks yield 300,000 new US millionaires

There are now nearly 9 million households whose net worth totals $1 million or more, up from 8.6 million in 2011 and just short of the 9.2 million record set in 2006.

By MSNMoney partner Mar 14, 2013 2:21PM
The rising stock market has pushed America's millionaire population close to its all-time highs before the recession.

According to data from Spectrem Group, a Chicago wealth research firm, there are now 8.99 million U.S. households whose net worth totals $1 million or more (not including primary residence). That's up from 8.6 million in 2011 and just short of the all-time record set in 2006, when the United States had 9.2 million millionaire households.

The stock market's rise has been the biggest driver of millionaire creation. With this year's gains, Spectrem said, the United States may have already exceeded its all-time record.

Most of the benefits from rising stocks have gone to the wealthy, since the top 10 percent of Americans own more than 80 percent of all stocks, according to research from Edward Wolff of New York University. But the recent stock surge has also created a new gap within the wealthy, or at least between millionaires and the so-called affluent.

According to Spectrem, the number of households worth $1 million or more, and $5 million or more is near the record. But the number of households worth $500,000 or more (the affluent) is much lower than the record in 2007. There are 14.3 million households worth $500,000 or more — down from 15.7 million in 2007.

Catherine McBreen, president of Spectrem Group's Millionaire Corner, said that millionaire households held more stocks -- and therefore have benefited more from the market's run-up. It's not just a matter of money. Wealthier households also tended to make better investments, or at least more bullish ones, staying in the market during the recession while less wealthy investors bailed out.

Affluent households had more than half their investable assets in some kind of equities in 2005, but in 2012 it dropped to a third. Millionaire households have 71 percent of their investable assets in some form of equities -- up from 61 percent in 2005. 

"The reason the affluents haven't recovered as quickly is their stock holdings," McBreen said. "Many of them simply pulled out of the market. They have more cash. But more of the high-net-worth households stayed in."

She said the millionaire households were more likely to be older and retired, so they could afford to keep more money in the market.

"The affluent group may be high earners, but they also might have high expenses like college tuition."

© 2013 CNBC

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Mar 14, 2013 4:06PM
Well, this can't be a bad thing for the economy!    Too bad I'm not one of those investors, but hey, I'm slowly but surely paying off my credit card debt and doing my part to still spend a little when I can afford to so the economy can keep improving.   Now if more jobs can get created then things will be looking up even more.
Mar 14, 2013 4:17PM
Mar 14, 2013 4:24PM
it couldn't be because the Fed is pumping money in to the markets could it?  lol ah yes thats it.  Short term gain for long term pain. 
Mar 14, 2013 4:27PM
Im confused....arent we in a "recession"? Oh yeah....the rich get richer.
Mar 14, 2013 4:21PM
A house of cards will always be a house of cards.
Mar 14, 2013 4:34PM
We are nearing record #'s of rich and record #'s of poor all at the same time. Trickle down? I dont think so. Just a product of an economic system that doesnt work. Google adam smith and the " invisible hand of economics". Lower and Middle class cant win this game.
Mar 14, 2013 4:28PM

So 7.5 percent of all US households, excluding their primary home, have a net worth of a million dollars or more? Given, there are about 310 Million people in the US and the average household size in the US is 2.6 people per household this calculates to about 120 million total US households. According to the article, an estimated nine million households are millionaire’s results in 7.5% of all households (9/120) are millionaires.    For some reason, this seems a little high to me..

Mar 14, 2013 4:14PM
I am a millionaire in my heart. My brain wants nothing to do with it. My credit card company tends to side with my heart. 
Mar 14, 2013 4:22PM
THIS IS A BUNCH OF ****.  Your reading the Mainstream Media (MSM) don't forget. 
Mar 14, 2013 4:18PM
Mar 14, 2013 4:06PM
That's because Obama can now tax them at a higher rate.
Mar 14, 2013 4:45PM

The only game in town....The DOW is reading suspiciously like the housing bubble of 5-years past.


If one has capital, and one needs income, just where should that capital be placed? Housing is flat. Banks are paying, literally, next to nothing on CD's, and etc.


Hey. I'm living in the real world here. My sister in law is out of work. My brother's company is barely hanging on, my youngest brother is out of work. And I lost my job 5-years ago, now retired, but not by choice, collecting Social Security.


The DOW'll puff itself up and then, fall flatter than a pancake. That is the real world.

I didn't see anything in the article as to whether these statistics had been adjusted for inflation.
Mar 14, 2013 4:39PM

The only reason it is up is because the feds are putting in 84 billion a month into it.

No private person is really investing right now some are but most are not because they know it is feds money that is driving the DOW up.

Now when enough people believe they made the money they like they will pull out and crash. Will happen this year watch.

Good sign is the number of exchanges only up 83 but 117 million was exchanged that is not a good sign in fact it is a very very bad sign...

Mar 14, 2013 5:35PM
Hey, you can't count  Illegals now that they are living off of the American Taxpayer!
Mar 14, 2013 4:32PM

And the more you make the higher the taxes.  Sounds great right now but it will start tumbling again and then everyone will be crying, especially Wall Street.  After all it can only go so high before it happens.  I for one have saved enough, less than $500K to finance my current retirement plus I also have an employer pension.  I will just keep my money and forget about investing.  My life is simply good as is which some might argue that it is a rich life.

Mar 14, 2013 4:09PM
Lo a million won't by you 80 acres today.
Mar 14, 2013 4:23PM

Rich getting richer.Makes me feel better about where things are headed.

Mar 14, 2013 4:27PM

you reckin' those new millionaires will be back in the toilet when the market Burps? ......Jus' thinkin.....

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