Critics bemoaning the inefficiency of global monetary policy now have fresh ammunition under their belts.
Allianz's latest Global Wealth Report revealed that global financial assets of private households grew just 4.9 percent in 2015, slowing dramatically from recent years. The Munich-based company surveyed households in more than 50 countries and released the results on Wednesday.
From 2011 to 2014, savers enjoyed average asset growth of 9 percent, the report stated, nearly double 2015's reading, while 2008-2014 saw a cumulative 61 percent expansion.
In the years following the global financial crisis, the world's central banks flooded markets with cash that pushed asset prices higher, Allianz explained. But 2015's results indicate that trend is fast disappearing.