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Three 'Ps' that make your sustainable investing the ‘real deal’

Although sustainable funds have seen increasing inflows amid growing environmental awareness and the spotlight on social issues due to Covid-19, the industry still lacks a standard definition of sustainable investing. Nicholette MacDonald-Brown, head of European blend equities at Schroders, explains the firm’s three-pronged approach of people, process and purpose.

Emerging market corporate debt, explained

In a recent webinar, AsianInvestor spoke to top experts on emerging market (EM) corporate debt to get a better sense of the opportunities, risks and rewards that investors should be familiar with. To continue the conversation, we followed up with panelists to further explore some key issues.

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.

Taming digital assets for institutional exposure

The development of institutional grade financial infrastructure such as exchanges and custody arrangements has made digital assets more accessible to traditional fund houses, ETF issuers and other types of investors. Yet more consideration is needed about how to allocate to these assets and also mitigate the risks.

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COO Investment Week

COO Investment Week (13 - 15 Apr), will convene the region’s top asset manager and owner COOs to discuss best practices in business operations and transformation.

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Early warning signals: planning your portfolio in a new era

Investors globally are striving for as much clarity as possible to shape and support their portfolio planning. As the unparalleled uncertainty over the past 12 months in macroeconomics and financial markets continues to linger, it is more important than ever to be able to make well-informed investment decisions.

Across asset classes, sectors and geographies, effective early warning signals play an essential role in helping investors translate data into actionable insights.

This interactive and timely session will provide case studies and practical perspectives from experienced practitioners to help investors overcome the challenges they face by having the right information at the right time.

Key talking points we will discuss include:

  • How investors have shifted and adapted their approach in a post-pandemic era to how they assess the economic and investment landscape – and identify new opportunities
  • How investors try to pinpoint and interpret early warning signals in their target markets and (public and private) assets
  • Tools and techniques to enhance returns yet mitigate risk – including making sense of broad and deep datasets
  • The extent to which data and analytics are used and applied to derive insights and drive investment decisions

 

Speakers

  • Tim Riordan, Portfolio manager, Aware Super
  • Andy Ji, PhD, Head of Research, Blue Fire AI
  • Ross Allen, Managing director, IHS Markit
  • Andrew Crooke, Strategy and content director, AsianInvestor

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

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

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