Investor Pulse

Welcome to the 5th edition of BlackRock’s Global Investor Pulse survey. One of the largest studies of investor behavior in the world. Taking in the views of 28,000 people across 18 countries, including more than 6,000 across Asia, Investor Pulse reveals what people aged 25-74 think and feel about their financial futures.

The Global Investor Pulse was conducted in Hong Kong during 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.

18 countries | 28K individuals | 1K Hong Kongers

Sentiment and confidence

Sentiment and confidence have both fallen sharply since 2015. Hong Kongers are worried about the high cost of living and the domestic economy. But they’re also concerned about the global economy too.
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Financial advice

Except for China, the use of financial advisors is in decline across Asia. Advisors need to address this issue if they want to restore investors’ faith in financial advice.
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Hong Kong investors are increasingly heading online for financial advice. Many are willing to buy investments online as well, but only with the assurance of a trusted brand or an advisor.
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Moves out of cash

Despite falling confidence, Hong Kongers are making bold moves out of cash –mostly into financial investments and insurance-linked products. Almost one-quarter of investors are actively planning further moves out of cash, while one in two are considering it.
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When it comes to saving for retirement, confidence is low and worries are high. Across every demographic, Hong Kongers are underestimating how long they’ll spend in retirement and how much they’ll need to live comfortably.
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Hong Kong millennials are Asia’s risk takers, with the highest level of equity ownership in APAC. They're also willing to invest more, but need help doing so.
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