TRENDS (Published Date :6/5/2014)

Exchange Traded Funds

By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :Asia,China,Hong Kong,Taiwan
Taiwan’s largest exchange traded fund (ETF) sponsor, Yuanta Securities Investment Trust Co (Yuanta SITC), is talking up the potential for more exotic ETF products after the island state’s financial regulators paved the way for the entrance of commodity, leveraged and inverse ETFs

Market Access

By Derek Au
Category :Asia,China,Hong Kong
Delays in the implementation of the landmark mutual recognition of funds scheme between Hong Kong and mainland China are likely a result of hesitation by the former, according to the head of the regional CFA Institute
By Derek Au
Category :Asia,Japan
Japanese investment bank Nomura Holdings will set up a joint venture (JV) in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, from which it will market advice and investment products to institutions within the pilot area
By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :Global,United Kingdom,Asia-Pacific
London-based active manager Old Mutual Global Investors (OMGI) is looking to strengthen its foothold in Asia Pacific, following the firm’s formation via a merger of Skandia Investment Group and Old Mutual Asset Managers two years ago

Research

By Daniel Shane
Category :Asia,China
Middle-class retail investors from tier-one cities in mainland China are expecting to retire earlier than their counterparts elsewhere in the region, research in May showed, despite a lack of financial planning for their post-employment lives

Equities

By Daniel Shane
Category :Global
The ruler of Qatar has ordered all of the companies listed on the local bourse to increase their foreign ownership limit to 49% ahead of the Gulf state’s upgrade to MSCI’s Emerging Markets index.

Private Equity

By Daniel Shane
Category :Middle East,Global
Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity firm managing about US$7.5 billion of AUM, has announced a deal to acquire a stake in a major private education provider in Thailand just days after the Southeast Asian country’s government was deposed in a military coup

Pensions

By Hui Ching-hoo
Category :Asia,China,Global
The Mainland Chinese pension industry is on the cusp of transition after the government’s recent unveiling of a number of directives aimed at bolstering the social safety net. The driver behind this, of course, is the need to address the looming issue of the country’s ageing population