Hong Kong is, today, one of the top financial markets in the world. In 2011, they took the number one spot on the World Economic Forum’s 2011 index of financial market development. And they were the first Asian financial center ever to do so.
The report looks at 60 of the world’s leading financial systems with over 100 variables evaluated. Hong Kong jumped from its previous fourth place status with concerns swirling about the financial stability in the United States and lower scores in the UK for their IPO activity. Certainly, this is great news for business people in the area. This includes entrepreneurs like Daniel Lam, CEOs like Andrew Brandler, and hedge fund managers like Seth Fischer, Hong Kong business people who will all benefit from this news.
The top 10 list remained relatively unchanged, other than the dramatic shift for Hong Kong; although Belgium did fall out of the top 10. It was replaced by Norway. The top ten, in order included:
1. Hong Kong
2. United States
3. United Kingdom
As Kevin Steinberg, COO of World Economic Forum USA said in a statement that accompanied the report, “Hong Kong’s ascent to the top of our index marks a major milestone, the first time in the report’s history that the United Kingdom or the US didn’t come out on top.”