If the assets keep flowing into Singapore’s private banking accounts, perhaps its exchange traded fund (ETF) could see some good times ahead, too.

According to Assif Shameen for Barron’s, if things keep up the pace, it could soon pass Switzerland as the world’s largest private-banking center. Singapore is attractive because of Asia’s stringent secrecy laws and favorable taxes, and the 30,000 new millionaires in China each year are looking for a place to stash their money.

That being said, Singapore has a ways to go: it has 6% of worldwide private-banking assets, while Switzerland has 18%. However, Switzerland’s private-banking business is experiencing single-digit growth and Singapore’s is expected to grow 30% this year.

Eli Hoffmann for Seeking Alpha reports on a few ways to get in on Singapore’s economy. Citigroup (C) is leading the charge in tapping the Asian wealth, followed by UBS (UBS), Credit Suisse (CS), HSBC (HBC) and Merrill Lynch (MER).

The iShares MSCI Singapore (EWS) and the closed-end fund, Singapore Fund (SGF), offer investors exposure to the broader Singaporean economy, which appears to be on the upswing.


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