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The Malaysia and Singapore bourses recognise they are lagging peers in North Asia in respect of exchange-traded funds – and are keen to catch up.
Malaysia's low-tax jurisdiction, like other such territories, is seen to be facing a challenge amid the take-up of information-exchange initiatives. AsianInvestor spoke to its director-general.
Malaysian asset managers' share of global sharia-compliant funds could overtake that of firms based in Saudi Arabia, according to AsianInvestor's annual ranking this year.
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The $161 billion Malaysian state pension fund is reviewing its strategic asset allocation and is likely to raise exposure to private markets. Separately, it will cut the number of fund houses it uses.
Life insurance firms in the Asean region are considering how to prepare for stricter capital rules over the coming two years, which are set to make certain investments more costly.
In the first of a two-part article, AsianInvestor outlines how Southeast Asian insurers are finding it ever harder to cover their liabilities, amid low bond yields and looming tighter capital rules.
Senior executives at the Canadian insurer’s Malaysian and Philippine units explain how risk capital charges will further exacerbate the investment challenges they face.
Lombard Odier has struck a new partnership with the Philippines' UnionBank and it is now eyeing other markets in Southeast Asia, says the firm's Asia head of private banking.
After only a week, a quarter of the sharia-compliant part of the $160 billion state pension fund has been taken up by members. But the institution is unlikely to run all of its assets in this way.
The Malaysian $30 billion state pension plans to make all its portfolios 100% sharia-compliant and may reduce its performance target in light of prevailing low yields.
The segregated asset pool, set to launch next year, will initially be managed in-house, but the state pension may seek external managers and expand its size down the line.
UOB Asset Management delivered outstanding returns for one of Malaysia's largest government institutions amid tricky conditions and despite the equity mandate being long-only.
The Malaysian state pension is in a period of transition. Having had its global investment ambitions curtailed, the fund is overhauling its manager selection processes, its CEO told AsianInvestor.