On 26 July 2019, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) released its annual Asset and Wealth Management Survey (AWMAS) report for the year ended 31 December 2018, which found that assets under management (AUM) of the asset and wealth management business in Hong Kong amounted to $23,955 billion.
The scope of this year’s AWMAS was extended to cover assets held by firms providing trust services in Hong Kong to provide a more comprehensive overview of the industry.
Over 800 firms responded to the survey. Licensed corporations made up 87% of the firms that participated. The remaining firms were registered institutions, insurance companies and trustees.
In commenting on the AWMAS, Ashley Alder, CEO of the SFC said that, “The latest survey shows the underlying strengths of the asset and wealth management industry in a challenging global market environment in 2018. We will continue to pursue initiatives to further develop Hong Kong as a premier global asset and wealth management centre.”
Major findings of the survey include:
|Categories||AUM (HK$) billion||Change (between December 2017 and December 2018)|
|Asset and wealth management business||
|Asset management and fund advisory business||16,447||↓6%|
|Private banking and private wealth management business||7,624||↓2%|
|Assets held under trusts||4,333||NA|
|Description||Number||Change (between December 2017 and December 2018)|
|Staff in asset and wealth management businesses||42,821||↑16%|
|Mainland-related licensed corporations and registered institutions||362||↑8%|
|Type 9 (asset management) regulated activities by licensed corporations||1,643||↑11%|
|HK domiciled SFC-authorised Funds||775||↑3%|
Other major findings include:
The AWMAS is conducted annually by the SFC to collect information and data on the asset and wealth management business in Hong Kong, and to assist the SFC with its policy and operational planning.
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