Hong Kong’s asset and wealth management business reached $24,270 billion in 2017

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The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has released the findings of its annual Asset and Wealth Management Activities Survey, previously known as the Fund Management Activities Survey, which shows that the asset and wealth management business in Hong Kong amounted to $24,270 billion (US$ 3,108 billion) as at 31 December 2017.

To provide a more comprehensive overview this year, the scope of the survey has been extended to cover private banking and private wealth management clients’ accounts.

The survey findings illustrate the sustained growth of Hong Kong’s asset and wealth management industry. This is fully in line with our determination to further develop Hong Kong as a full-service global asset management centre and a preferred place of fund domicile,” said Mr Ashley Alder, the SFC’s Chief Executive Officer.

Major findings of the survey include the following:

  • Overseas investors remained a major source of funding for the asset and wealth management business, accounting for 66%.
  • The asset management and fund advisory business conducted by licensed corporations and registered institutions grew by 23% to $17,511 billion (US$2,242 billion).
  • The total assets under management of the private banking and private wealth management business amounted to $7,812 billion (US$1,000 billion), of which 52% was invested in mainland China and Hong Kong.
  • The number of Hong Kong-domiciled SFC-authorised funds increased 7% to 755 and their net asset value increased 30% to $1,244 billion (US$159 billion).
  • More than 50% of the asset management business was managed in Hong Kong over the past five years.

The survey report also summarises a number of initiatives the SFC is actively pursuing to enhance the development of the asset management sector. Following the launch of Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF) in 2015, the SFC concluded MRF arrangements with Switzerland and France in 2016 and 2017. More are now under discussions.

The new legal framework for open-ended fund companies will take effect on 30 July 2018. In addition, enhancements to asset management regulation and point-of-sale transparency will come into effect in November and August 2018, whilst the new guidelines on online distribution and advisory platforms will take effect in April 2019.

The survey is an annual exercise to help the SFC assess the state of the industry for policy and operational planning. This year, a total of 572 firms responded to the survey on a voluntary basis. They included 508 licensed asset management and fund advisory corporations, 44 registered financial institutions and 20 insurance companies.

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Hong Kong’s asset and wealth management business reached $24,270 billion in 2017


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