Derivatives and structured products up 53% in 2005, says Hong Kong’s SFC

The survey, which covered 234 firms in Hong Kong, reported a 25% growth in Hong Kong’s fund management business to HK$4.53 trillion last year. This included the business of real estate investment trusts (reits) managers worth HK$38 billion, portfolio managers’ business worth HK$3.46 trillion and registered institutions’ funds worth HK$1.03 trillion.

The survey added that of the total non-reits assets under management worth HK$3.24 trillion, 53% or HK$1.72 trillion was managed in Hong Kong, representing a growth of 18% over 2004. Of the HK$1.72 trillion in non-reits assets managed in Hong Kong, 79% was invested in Asia.

The report also found that HK$1.19 trillion, or 69% of assets managed in Hong Kong, was invested in equities. Investments in cash, deposits or money market instruments amounted to HK$88.4 billion in 2005, but as a proportion of the total asset allocation, the share fell marginally to 5.1% in 2005 from 5.6% in 2004.

“The significant growth in derivatives/structured products showed increasing investors’ interest in searching alternative investments,” the report said.

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