As at the end of December 2018, Hong Kong's stock market ranked the 3rd largest in Asia and the 5th largest in the world in terms of market capitalisation. There were 2,315 companies listed on HKEx and the total market capitalisation of Hong Kong's stock market reached $29.9 trillion HKD.
Sales and trading is the backbone of an investment securities firm. Be it a stock brokerage, investment bank or a hedge fund, if a firm cannot sell its services, then it is unable to do business, and if it can't trade well, then it becomes difficult to attract and retain clients.
Employment of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents is projected to grow four percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations.