Making the most of alternative data

In today’s fast-paced trading environment, there is growing demand for unique data streams to help guide investment decisions. In a recent webinar, AsianInvestor spoke to experts in the field of alternative data to gain a more in-depth understanding of the latest available options, from geotagging to sentiment analysis through natural language processing, and other unique sources of alpha.

Making the most of alternative data

In today’s fast-paced trading environment, there is growing demand for unique data streams to help guide investment decisions. In a recent webinar, AsianInvestor spoke to experts in the field of alternative data to gain a more in-depth understanding of the latest available options, from geotagging to sentiment analysis through natural language processing, and other unique sources of alpha.

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Emerging market corporate debt, explained

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The unique challenges of modelling equity risk in China

This webinar will be conducted in Mandarin

Regulatory reform in China in 2020 further opened its markets to overseas institutional investors. The removal of QFII and RQFII investment quotas, and the lifting of overseas ownership limits in the mutual fund sector have attracted foreign asset managers to set up WFOEs and apply for onshore mutual fund licenses.

Together with the quick economic recovery from the pandemic and relatively healthy returns from China A-shares, more institutional investors are looking to increase their exposure to Chinese equities. Yet the relationship between China and the US is still a major concern for investors. And no one is certain if the situation will improve under a Biden administration. Investors still struggle to manage and model the risk of the Chinese equity market, which might be fundamentally different from other major markets.

During this in-depth webinar, leading industry speakers will discuss how to standardise market risks and returns and examine:

  • The dynamics and nuances of the Chinese equity market
  • The dominance of China’s SOEs in the market and the impact of state vs private ownership on risk and return
  • The distinct behaviors of the traditional risk factors in China and other major markets
  • Other factors investors should take into account when investing in the Chinese equity market
  • How to factor in the above tilts in risk modeling in a standardised way

Emerging Markets Corporate Debt - Navigating the Unknown

Over the past two decades, the value of outstanding US dollar-denominated Emerging Markets (EM) corporate debt has increased by a factor of 20, to over $1.5 trillion – a larger asset pool even than US dollar EM sovereign debt, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This growth has created unique opportunities for investors, particularly those rethinking their asset allocation and risk-reward profiles while seeking diversification and less correlated return streams.

In our upcoming webinar in partnership with Credit Suisse, our expert panel will address questions such as:

  • During Covid-19, how well did EM corporate bonds perform and why?
  • What are the key risk-reward factors that distinguish EM corporate from EM sovereign debt – and how are they influenced by historical default rates?
  • How can EM corporate bond valuations create attractive investment opportunities in countries where sovereign ratings are relatively low?
  • When does EM investment grade corporate debt offer an attractive alternative to developed market credit, vis-a-vis the underlying country exposures?
  • Which unique considerations are relevant to EM bonds, particularly when it comes to transparency, governance and auditing?

Join us for an in-depth discussion on this exciting area within fixed income.

Making the most of alternative data

There is ever-growing demand in today’s fast-paced world of finance for unique data streams to help guide investment decisions. From geotagging to sentiment analysis through natural language processing, a myriad of options are now available. Data management professionals, quants, research teams, and data scientists are all looking for new sources of alpha to help differentiate their offerings – but even the best raw data cannot be useful in isolation, and requires processing and context. Our panel of experts looks at which alternative sources are truly useful, and how they can be benchmarked against and integrated with more traditional data sources.

During this in-depth webinar, we will discuss:

  • How to deploy and execute an effective overall data management strategy
  • How to get the most out alternative data and data science programs
  • Analysis of key trends in data usage and alternative data demand in 2020
  • How the right datasets can guide technology planning and investment
  • Who can benefit the most from alternative datasets, and how

Going for gold: Allocation strategies amid uncertainty

The price of gold has been surging against the backdrop of fatigued economic growth. Its price has reached record highs thanks to near zero interest rates and a weakening US dollar.

Aside from its reputation as a safe haven in times of economic uncertainty and political risk, gold is a useful hedging tool and provides long term capital gain. Yet asset owners have concerns over liquidity and valuation as the asset does not provide any yield. 

The ‘Going for Gold’ webinar, in partnership with the World Gold Council, will host two leading asset owners and assess:

  • Investor sentiments towards US dollar
  • Interest rate and economic growth forecast
  • Key price drivers, liquidity and the supply and demand of gold
  • The ideal form asset owners should invest in gold
  • How to calculate gold’s asset valuation in different scenarios
  • Gold’s role as a strategic asset
  • Gold and ESG considerations

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