Dr. Thomas Stanley lists the top ten assets owned by millionaires (with the percentage of total wealth in each asset class) as follows:
1. Investment real estate (17.7)
2. Closely held stocks (14.5)
3. Publicly traded stock (12.6)
4. Retirement assets (11.4)
5. Personal residence (9.2)
6. Insurance (7.2)
7. Cash assets (6.9)
8. Limited partnerships (4.1)
9. Tax-exempt bonds (3.9)
10. Farms (3.1)
Just to be clear, the data is from "IRS' estate returns computed during 2007-2009 for those decedents who were under 70, married at the time of their deaths and had a gross estate of $2M or more." Just so we're all on the same page.
Here's how my top assets break down:
1. Retirement assets -- work 401k + rollover IRAs invested in Vanguard index funds
2. Investment real estate -- Two places (10 units) at the moment and working on more
3. Publicly traded stock -- taxable accounts invested in Vanguard index funds
4. Cash assets -- higher than normal now because I'm looking for a property to buy
5. Personal residence
All my other assets are negligible in value.
How about you? How do your assets break down?