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Savvy mainland investors will be first to go robo

Robo-adviceMore than half of fund investors in mainland China have heard of robo-advisers and nearly three-quarters say they would use this method to allocate money in future. Yet in Hong Kong, only 22% of investors knew the term robo-adviser and the majority, 65%, were not interested to invest in this way, according to a survey commissioned by the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association. The results, based on interviews with more than 950 respondents in Greater China, highlight how Hong Kong investors are more traditional in terms of managing money, while mainland investors appear to be more comfortable with technology. "It seems that Hong Kong investors attach much importance to human interactions in the transaction process and thus the perceived lack of human touch in an robo-adviser environment has deterred them from embracing robo-advisers readily," says a statement from the association. Mainland Chinese investors are already using technology more widely than their peers in Hong Kong. The survey found that 78% of mainland investors have bought funds online in the past 12 months compared with 54% of Hong Kong investors. ©2017 funds global asia

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