While many advisory firms and investors have recovered or even surpassed their pre-2008 asset levels, they are experiencing this renewed wealth in a substantially different environment.
Consumer households have $39.5 trillion in investable assets, up more than 50 percent since 2008, according to Tiburon Strategic Advisors, a consultant firm to banking, insurance, brokerage and investment management markets.
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Various studies have also concluded that there are more millionaires and billionaires in the U.S. than there were prior to the 2008 financial crisis.
Nonetheless, there is clear evidence of a widening wealth gap. Tiburon's data show that 8 percent of investors control 73 percent of financial assets and 10 percent control 48 percent of income.