Asset Owners

Worth the risk?

  • Asia’s insurers see potential for better returns on dollar debt in the age of Trump, but need to balance the risks
  • China picks up the pace of pension reform to meet the needs of a rapidly aging population
  • Cathay Life CIO Joseph Wang on a renewed focus on absolute return and generating alpha
  • No longer keeping it in the family: Asia’s family offices ally with peers around the world
  • News: GPIF looks to ESG indices as it adds staff; At 20, Thailand’s GPF looks to the future; NZ Super beats expectations for 2016; Protectionism a threat: Future Fund’s Costello

Fund Managers

Ruling the rooster

  • A new year in the Chinese calendar brings fresh uncertainty – not least from Washington DC
  • The latest AI100 sees AUM continue to surge across the region, with local companies leading the way
  • Brookfield Asset Management’s Asia-Pacific CEO on benefitting from the region’s burgeoning middle class
  • Fidelity goes onshore in China; SSGA/E Fund tie-up prompts questions; Vontobel AM hires to target distributors; Amundi global equity head still a China sceptic

Distributors

Battle of the private banks

  • Taiwan’s local banks take on international rivals for the island’s lucrative high-net-worth sector
  • Joyce Ngan of Deutsche Wealth Management on finding the right funds at a time of uncertainty
  • Private bank Syz closes Asia asset management business; Robo-adviser BetaSmartz opens HK office; Bank of Singapore in Vontobel tie-up; Asian private clients loath to ditch EM bonds

This Month

On the move

  • BLF head Huang retires with strong legacy; Robeco names Asia and Middle East distribution head; KTPF names ex-Allianz Life man as CIO; SSGA’s Hon Cheung takes global duties; Yang leaves Eastspring, seeks new role
  • Regulatory Roundup: HK regulator calls for self-policing; Fund mnagers need to prepare now for the impact of a hard Brexit
  • Data Centre: How sovereign wealth funds are breaking into the private investment market
  • Bookend: Alibaba’s World by Porter Erisman

Events

Eyes on Southeast Asia: Trump, poor returns on the agenda for Southeast Asia Institutional Investor Forum