Private wealth fell 0.9% to $38 trillion in North America in 2011, yet rose 10.7% to $23.7 trillion in the Asia-Pacific region. Welcome to the new reality of a so-called "two-speed world."

Those results, outlined in Boston Consulting Group's new global wealth report entitled "The Battle to Regain Strength" show uneven growth in wealth across the globe in 2011. And the management consulting firm projects that many of those patterns of growth and contraction are here to stay for the next several years.

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