According to the annual Fund Management Activities Survey released by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the combined fund management business in Hong Kong rebounded to HK$8,507bn at the end of 2009, an increase of 45.5% from 2008.
Overseas investors contributed HK$5,388bn, or 63.9%, to fund management business – excluding real estate investment trusts (REITS). Meanwhile, the survey found an increasing number of Chinese-related firms gained exposure to other markets using Hong Kong as a springboard.
The largest growth came from the licensed asset management and fund advisory houses, recording the biggest year-on-year increase of 50.3% in the value of their aggregate asset management and fund advisory businesses to HK$6,447bn in 2009.
Registered institutions recorded a 29.8% increase in assets under management to HK$1,811bn, while insurance companies reported a 44.6% increase to HK$175bn in 2009.
In addition, the survey found non-REIT asset management business increased by 57.1% to HK$5,824bn – of this amount, HK$3,577bn worth of assets were managed in Hong Kong and 81.3% were managed within Asia.
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