With 22 years of history, asset management is a young but fast-growing industry in China. By the 2020 year-end, the total AUM of the industry has grown to RMB124.39trn (€15.51trn), second only to that in the US. The China Asset Manager Top 30 is a listing of the biggest players in China’s asset management industry, with a total AUM of €5.41trn, accounting for 35% of the industry total.

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China Top 30 Asset Managers (2021)

No. Company Name AUM (EUR billion) Manager Category No. Company Name AUM (EUR billion) Manager Category
1 China Life Asset Management 510.90 IAM 16 Changjiang Pension Insurance 143.00 PMC
2 Ping An Asset Management 468.27 IAM 17 GF Fund Management
142.53 FMC
3 ICBC Wealth Management
337.50 BWMC 18 China Universal Asset Management 141.54 FMC
4 CMB Wealth Management 305.30 BWMC 19 PICC Asset Management1 137.07 IAM
5 E Fund Management 260.42 FMC 20 Pacific Asset Management 135.90 IAM
6 Taikang Asset Management
249.22 IAM 21 New China Asset Management2 124.61 IAM
7 China Asset Management  198.43 FMC 22 ABC Wealth Management
118.36 BWMC
8 Bosera Asset Management
191.19 FMC 23 Yinhua Fund Management 112.15 FMC
9 Tianhong Asset Management
176.20 FMC 24 Fullgoal Fund Management 112.15 FMC
10 ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management 175.70 FMC 25 Dajia Asset Management3
110.01 IAM
11 CITIC Securities 170.27 SC 26 Penghua Fund Management 98.95 FMC
12 CCB Principal Asset Management 169.47 FMC 27 Taiping Asset Management  98.44 IAM
13 China Southern Asset Management 166.19 FMC 28 BOC Wealth Management
89.49 BWMC
14 Harvest Fund Management 154.60 FMC 29 CCB Wealth Management
86.85 BWMC
15 China Merchants Fund Management 144.15 FMC 30 CIB Wealth Management 85.47 BWMC

Methodology and notes:

•  The top 30 Chinese asset managers ranking is based on the assets under management (AUMs) of the asset management firm as of 31 December 2020, unless otherwise stated.

•  We have included in the analysis all the asset manager categories regulated by China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), as well as the private fund managers registered with Asset Management Association of China (AMAC).

•  The following assets managed by the asset managers and their subsidiaries are included in the calculation of AUMs:

  • Equities;
  • Bonds;
  • Cash;
  • Private equity and private debt;
  • Real estate and infrastructure;
  • Commodities;
  • Multi-assets and multi-manager products.

•  AUM data used are from asset manager questionnaire returns, annual reports and official website announcements.

IAM=Insurance Asset Manager; BWMC=Bank Wealth Management Company; FMC=Fund Management Company; SC=Securities Company; PMC=Pension Management Company;

1As of 30 June 2020; 2As of 30 June 2020; 3As of 31 December 2019.

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