Hong Kong as an International Financial Centre

As one of the leading international financial centres, Hong Kong is a prime location for financial services and home to many financial institutions. Hong Kong’s financial markets operate under effective and transparent regulations that are in line with international standards.

Located at the heart of Asia, Hong Kong also thrives on close financial integration with Mainland China, extensive networks with the rest of the world, sound legal system, low and simple tax regime, free flow of capital, a full range of financial products, and a large pool of financial talents.  The financial sector had a workforce of over 258,000, or nearly 7% of working population in Hong Kong in 2017, and contributed to some 19% of Hong Kong's Gross Domestic Product.

Hong Kong Financial Service Sector at a Glance
  2018  
Banking

Assets (USD bn)

3,082

  • 200 authorised institutions, including the world’s largest, and 70 of the world top 100
  • +3.6 times from 2000
Stock market

Market Capitalisation (USD bn)

3,835

  • Global #1 in IPO fundraising in 6 out of last 10 years
  • +6 times from 2000
Bond market

G3 and local currency bond issuance
(USD bn)

478

  • #3 in Asia ex-Japan, after Mainland China and Korea
  • +7 times from 2000
Asset management

Asset under management
(USD bn)

3,071

  • Asia’s #1 international fund management hub
  • +16 times from 2000

of which: private wealth management
(USD bn)

977

  • Largest international private wealth management centre in Asia
  • +16 times from 2003
Renminbi (RMB) business

RMB deposits (incl. certificates of deposit)
(RMB bn)

658

  • World’s deepest offshore RMB liquidity pool

RMB loans and bonds (RMB bn)

276

  • A broad selection of RMB products
China’s direct investment

Hong Kong’s share of China’s total foreign direct investment & outward direct investment

63%*

  • Almost 2/3 of China’s inward and outward investment was originated and intermediated via Hong Kong

* 2017 statistics

Last revision date : 26 August 2019