FEATURES (Published Date :1/29/2014)


Category :Asia,Global
Regulatory pressure is proving something of a poisoned chalice for the fund management technology business. Yes, it compels their usual client base to use more of their services, but at a price. In fact, there is a triple ratchet cranking up demand


Category :Asia,Global
With many expecting a ‘great rotation’ out of fixed interest assets in 2013, bond investors will, in the main, have experienced a better year than some had predicted 12 months ago. Riskier assets, notably high yield corporate bonds, have continued to perform strongly, while investment grade corporate bonds are on track to deliver another year of positive returns, in spite of the volatility
Category :Global
“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.” - Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
Category :Asia,Japan
In spite of the recent underperformance of emerging market equities relative to developed market equities, it is reasonable to expect that the higher rates of economic growth in emerging markets will eventually translate into strong returns for investors. As well as higher growth rates, emerging markets offer the opportunity to gain diversification against developed market equity holdings, so most investors would agree that this is an area to which they must have exposure
Category :Asia,China,Hong Kong
CSOP Asset Management Limited is taking advantage of the expansion of China’s RQFII scheme to include overseas markets by launching another FTSE China A50 ETF, CSOP Source FTSE China A50 UCITS ETF, on the London Stock Exchange in January 9, 2014


By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :Asia,China
China’s equity funds managed to stave off liquidity woes and the fallout from the IPO freeze in the stock market in 2013. This was mainly due to the small- and mid-cap rally


By Paul Mackintosh – January 13, 2014
Category :Asia,China
As headlines in the Financial Times and elsewhere have indicated, news of the IPO floodgates opening in China as PRC regulators begin to approve listings again has not exactly set the world of Asian private equity on fire. General partners (GPs) across the region seem to be taking a long hard look at the market realities before jumping to conclusions about early exit opportunities
By Paul Mackintosh – January 20, 2014
Category :Asia,Hong Kong
Paul Davies in Hong Kong has just devoted an extensive article in the Financial Times to the proposition that “Asian tycoons shut out private equity firms”


By David Macfarlane
Category :Asia,Global
CIOs and investment experts from leading asset management firms operating throughout the globe give Asia Asset Management their views in regard to where the various markets are headed this year. For this 2014 outlook, a forum consisting of Leon Goldfeld, director, investment, Amundi Hong Kong Limited; Peter Elston, head of Asia-Pacific strategy and asset allocation at Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited; Kevin Chen, AXA Rosenberg pan-Asia CIO; and Ted Pulling, chief investment officer of the Pacific regional group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, shared their thoughts on how the landscape is shaping up globally and more specifically in the Asia-Pacific region


By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :Global
Risk assessment and dynamic asset allocation have grown increasingly widespread among institutional investors worldwide. And international asset management giant, Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI), aimed to capitalise on this trend with the launch of its global solutions business in 2011


By Paul Mackintosh
Category :Global
One year ago, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision explicitly placed financial data management at just about the highest level of prudential priority it could possibly enjoy


By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :Asia,Global
Managing tail risk has increasingly become a high priority discussion topic across the investment industry since the global financial crisis (GFC). In today’s market environment, having the flexibility to adapt to varying volatility levels allows asset managers to seek optimal balance in portfolio investments. Asia Asset Management polled several market pundits seeking their views on volatility management, asset correlation, and portfolio allocation


By Deborah Fuhr*
Category :Global
The outlook for exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed in the Asia Pacific ex-Japan region has brightened as Asian markets become more robust and able to withstand global economic shocks, and as the global economic outlook gradually improves


By Toby Garrod
Category :Asia,Thailand,Global
Asia Asset Management held two days of conferences in Thailand in November, with the sixth annual Thailand roundtable on November 7 and another conference entitled Managing Pensions and Provident Funds for Long-Term Growth on November 8, 2013


Category :Global


By Alexander Flatscher*
Category :Global
Dramatic cost cutting since the onset of the global financial crisis has seen hundreds of thousands in the sector lose their job: since the fourth quarter of 2008, 132,000 jobs have been lost in the UK, and 380,000 in the US, according to a CNBC report last year


By Maya Ando
Category :Asia,Global
The “lost decade”, was how global investors described Japanese economic activity until the ‘Abenomics’ monetary policies empowered Japanese businesses to finally bounce back last year. So given these improving corporate values, private equity (PE) funds expect 2014 to be an ample opportunity to create active deal flows in the domestic market


By Frédéric Ducoulombier*
Category :Asia,Global
While indices have long played a crucial role in investment, index provision has not traditionally been a regulated activity. When regulators have imposed restrictions on indices that could be used by retail funds, these have been relatively high-level: wide recognition and acceptance; wide dissemination and availability of public information about composition and methodology; and sufficient diversification


By Kevin D Anderson*
Category :Global
There’s a saying that “familiarity breeds contempt” – a term this month’s road warrior silently acknowledges. Our road warrior conversations turn into “war stories” of our travel and not the value it can bring. I’ve never appreciated a title that places those of us who travel extensively in the same camp as Mad Max – the original Road Warrior


By V G Kulkarni
Category :Asia,China
As 2013 was coming to a close, President Xi Jinping was burnishing China’s image in the world. Xinhua, the official news agency said that addressing his Politburo colleagues he vowed to promote China’s cultural “soft power” by disseminating “modern Chinese values” and showing the “charm of Chinese culture to the world”. Similar views in more solemn, declaratory and propaganda idiom were proclaimed in the previous month at the third plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee


Category :Global
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