Connecticut is a Global Leader in Asset Management and Who’s Who of Financial Leaders

The state is home to 10 of the world’s largest hedge funds including Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund globally. Connecticut houses the second highest level of hedge fund capital after New York.

Well-Diversified Industry Sector

While a high percentage of the state’s financial services jobs are in the insurance field, there are many specialties represented across the broader financial services segment. Overall, there are 7,225 insurance and financial services companies employing 103,666 in the Financial Services and Insurance Sectors across the state, also stimulating growth in other areas of the Connecticut economy, including legal, accounting and technology services.

Key Facts

  • 7,225 Financial service and insurance companies in Connecticut (CT DOL)
  • #1 Hedge fund manager in the world is located in Connecticut (Bridgewater Associates)
  • #2 Assets under management (Preqin)
  • 20% of Connecticut’s GDP is from the financial services and insurance industries
  • #2 Hedge fund industry size at $390 billion (Preqin)
  • #3 Hedge fund managers (Preqin)
  • #3 Managerial, Professional and Technical Jobs (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)
  • #1 Digital Economy (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)
  • #4 High wage traded services (higher than service industry jobs) (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)

"For me being located in CT boils down to three great advantages. Quality of life - which is so extraordinary, the quality of the workforce which is perhaps the best in the country and the location itself. It’s a great place to do business and from which to expand to other markets. I wouldn’t want to be located anywhere else.”

– Jim Smith, former Webster Bank Chairman and CEO, on maintaining their global headquarters in Waterbury.