Legislative bottlenecks are delaying the establishment of the development fund. Outstanding issues include the amount to be invested and whether it will use an offshore asset manager.
Fund managers are pushing for Rodrigo Duterte's new government to set up a defined contribution scheme, but others are not convinced about such a move.
The $10 billion Social Security System has been planning to award portfolios to external fund houses for the first time, but must wait for a new chief to be named before it can proceed.
Mike Ferrer, managing director of ATR Kim Eng Asset Management, wants to put defined-benefit scheme reform on President Rodrigo Duterte’s agenda.
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.
The 40-year veteran of emerging markets supports Rodrigo Duterte and remains overweight on the Philippines, despite the controversies courted by the tough-talking president.
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has upset world leaders and conducted a brutal crackdown on drug users, yet fund managers remain keen to invest into the country.
Senior executives at the Canadian insurer’s Malaysian and Philippine units explain how risk capital charges will further exacerbate the investment challenges they face.
Fund houses in the Philippines hope the central bank will soon allow feeder structures to invest in any Ucits product, citing fund passporting as a further incentive for this to happen.
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.
The Swiss private bank has partnered the Philippines' UnionBank to expand its private banking footprint in the region.
Asset managers are hoping to see changes under new president Rodrigo Duterte that will boost take-up of investment products. But this does not look to be an immediate government priority.
With the Philippine presidential election to take place today, fund managers say frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte would be effective despite the controversy hounding the Davao City mayor.
Yesterday’s signing of the memorandum of cooperation for the Asia Region Funds Passport has sparked calls for jurisdictions to address the unequal tax treatment of cross-border funds.
Australia, Japan, Korea and New Zealand today signed the Asia Region Fund Passport’s memorandum of cooperation, which will come into effect on June 30.
The $20 billion state pension fund is in touch with a growing number of asset managers about the possibility of expanding its international portfolio beyond bonds and equity ETFs.
Singapore’s regulatory authority has issued a clarification to AsianInvestor explaining why it chose not to sign the Statement of Understanding for the planned fund passport scheme.
SSGA's Asia chief resigns; CIC subsidiary loses president; Citi appoints Philippines head; Vanguard relocates director to Singapore; JLL boosts China investment team; and SC Lowy hires bond chief.
A Philippine association says that without passage of key investment legislation, the country's funds industry will remain fragmented and unready for the Asia Region Funds Passport scheme.