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TRENDS (Published Date :12/10/2013)


By David Macfarlane
Category :Asia,Hong Kong
MPF Ratings and the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong (EFHK) are collaborating on Hong Kong’s first independent survey of employers to understand the expectations they have of the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme. The survey went out on November 22 and the findings will be released in early 2014
By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :Asia,Global
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become the new frontier for growth. The region attracted more than US$111 billion of foreign investment last year and it will remain a major hub for overseas capital in years to come in view of its growing labour forces and the stronger interconnection of its capital markets.


By David Macfarlane
Category :Global,U.S.A.
As an asset class, infrastructure assets typically can support leverage (debt to total capital) ratios from 50% to as much as 95% in some cases. The stability and predictability of cash flows generated by infrastructure assets, in comparison to other asset classes, typically allows for more leverage to be comfortably sustained.

Real Assets

By David Macfarlane
Category :Asia,China,Hong Kong,Japan,Korea,Singapore
Institutional investors look to Asia as a source of growth. Today there are few other real estate markets in the world that offer sustainable underlying rental growth to support low cap rates which themselves are partly a function of suppressed bond yields, partly an excess of demand over supply. Economic growth and the completion of supply cycles in most markets are underpinning positive market fundamentals across most sectors in Asia, which is providing greater certainty of medium-term rental growth

Wealth Management

By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :China,Global,United Kingdom
London-based asset management giant Schroders is looking to invigorate its wealth management capabilities following the acquisition of fellow independent wealth manager Cazenove Capital Management (Cazenove Capital) in July. In addition, the firm is capitalising on the buoyant RMB market with the launch of its first RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) products