Bringing you live news and features since 2006 

Growth in Hong Kong wealth market to drive affluent population growth in 2021, says GlobalData

The Hong Kong wealth market is expected to rebound after a COVID-19 pandemic induced contraction in 2020, driving up affluent investor numbers, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

This population, including mass affluent investors (holding liquid assets of USD50,000–USD1 million) and high-net-worth (HNW) individuals (holding liquid assets of more than USD1m), is expected to grow by 7.8 per cent to reach 3.9 million in 2021.

Hong Kong is one of the main financial hubs of Asia-Pacific and is home to a particularly large number of the region’s wealthy population. According to GlobalData’s Wealth Market Analytics, the affluent population in Hong Kong including mass affluent and HNW collectively account for 60.6 per cent of its total population in 2021 – compared to its peers – Singapore (32.2 per cent), China (5.3 per cent), and India (0.7 per cent).

The number of affluent individuals in Hong Kong recorded an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 5.1 per cent between 2017 and 2019, rising from 3.2 million in 2017 to 3.7 million in 2019 on the back of strong financial market performance. However, the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the local real estate and stock market, and subsequently affected Hong Kong’s affluent population, which are notably more exposed to both sectors than those in the lower wealth bands.

Ravi Sharma, Lead Banking and Payments Analyst comments: “The population of the affluent investors is expected to rise in coming years supported by the recovery in the economy, widespread vaccinations and improvement in stock market performance. Furthermore, an expected increase in residential property prices will result in capital gains, which will further boost investors’ optimism.”

Equities and mutual funds were the most hit by the pandemic, though overall GDP took a substantial beating according to the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department. The benchmark Hang Seng Index failed to recover losses incurred earlier in 2020 and therefore closed 2020 down 3.4 per cent against 2019. Similarly, the position of mutual funds also decreased by 0.9 per cent during the year.

Retail deposits, on the other hand, registered high net inflows in 2020, the highest in a decade, benefiting from heightened volatility and uncertainties in other riskier asset classes.
The Hong Kong wealth market is set for a recovery as its economic performance is expected to regain momentum and this results in a shift away from deposits among the investors, towards riskier assets equities and mutual funds, both expected to see strong growth.

Sharma concludes: “Despite several challenges brought about by the pandemic, Hong Kong’s wealth management market has remained mostly resilient and is now all set to rebound. The strong predicted retail investment growth is expected to benefit the investors and will further push the rise of affluent individuals over the next four years.”
 

Latest News

Morgan Stanley Investment Management has announced the launch of an ETF platform with the listing of six Calvert ETFs on..
The UK's HM Treasury has published a note saying that the government will set out ambitious plans to ‘robustly regulate..
Digital asset manager CoinShares has announced that CoinShares Digital Securities Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary and Issuer of the CoinShares..
European white labeller HANetf reports that delighted to announce that Sprott Uranium Miners UCITS ETF (URNM) has now passed the..

Related Articles

ETF
We are very pleased to open the voting for service providers (selected by nominations) and ETP issuers, selected by our data partners, Trackinsight, for the European ETF Express Awards, in...
Bitcoin
Osprey Funds’ founder and CEO, Greg King, has written an open letter to Barry Silbert, majority owner of Digital Currency Group which owns Grayscale, suggesting that he uses his powers...
Captain
Comparing multifactor ETFs to the popular Marvel Avengers series may seem a bit of a stretch but recent analysis from Morningstar suggests the investment strategies have more in common with...
Mackenzie
Canadian asset manager Mackenzie Investments, with CAD186.6 billion under management, has published its annual Mackenzie Investments Year-End ETF Report. ...
Subscribe to the ETF Express newsletter

Subscribe for access to our weekly newsletter, newsletter archive, updates on the site and exclusive email content.

Marketing by