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Even Hong Kong’s Homegrown Bankers Are Considering Moving Away

  • It’s no exodus, but growing number are quietly mulling options
  • ‘They are fed up with the social instability’ recruiter says
Demonstrators walk towards the Hong Kong Polytechnic University during a protest on Nov. 18.
Demonstrators walk towards the Hong Kong Polytechnic University during a protest on Nov. 18.Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

A senior banker born in Hong Kong plans to try getting a U.S. green card, just in case the city’s social unrest worsens.

Two other executives in town are working with a recruiter in Shanghai to move there, betting its future may be brighter. And at the local outpost of one of Europe’s top investment banks, a dealmaker says lifelong Hong Kong residents in his group are weighing their options, looking at a variety of countries.