Households' share wealth in Sweden continues to increaseStaff writer ▼ | February 29, 2016
Households' wealth in shares in companies listed on the Swedish market was valued at SEK 724 billion at the end of December last year.
North of Europe There were 642 companies listed on the Swedish market
For women, the average portfolio was worth SEK 387,000 while the average portfolio of men was worth SEK 567,000.
Looking at the median portfolio, that is, the middle value, we see it was worth SEK 28,000 at the end of December, an increase of SEK 1,000 since December 2014. For women, the median portfolio was worth SEK 24,000 while the median portfolio of men was worth SEK 31,000.
The big difference between the average and the median portfolio is because share wealth is very unevenly distributed with a relatively small number of individuals who own a large part of the stock market value. Last year the 5 percent of the owners with the largest holdings owned about 79 percent of the wealth in shares.
The share wealth of households does not include investments in funds and unit-linked savings.
At the end of 2015 there were 642 companies listed on the Swedish market, which is the highest listing ever and an increase of 75 companies compared to December 2014.
The total wealth in shares in companies listed on the Swedish market also continues to increase and was valued at SEK 6,079 billion at the end of December 2015. This is an increase of SEK 537 billion compared to one year earlier.
At the end of 2015, foreign ownership of shares listed on the Swedish market amounted to a value of SEK 2,430 billion. This corresponds to 40 percent of the total stock market value and means that foreign ownership is the largest ownership sector of shares listed in Sweden.
As previously, the U.S. and the UK continue to be the largest single holders of Swedish shares within the foreign owners sector. Their shares of ownership were respectively 30.8 and 23.4 percent of total holdings of the foreign ownership sector.
Among the Nordic countries, Finland is the largest single holder of Swedish shares, owning 7.8 percent of the foreign ownership. ■