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In today’s difficult environment, it is more important than ever for asset owners to deploying their money effectively - which means holding money managers accountable for their performance. AsianInvestor recently held a webinar in partnership with eVestment, whose analytics experts presented their latest insights based on their datasets.

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A new investment era: will Asian & HK Dollar bonds win the race for resilience?

An interactive discussion with market experts to explore the value, opportunity and liquidity in Asian fixed income to help asset owners tackle the reality of low rates.

As post-pandemic portfolios strive to adapt to a market environment that shows little consensus, the Asian investment grade universe seems a more rational bet than most. It accounts for almost 80% of the region’s USD credit, which offers higher yields than US or Euro equivalents with lower duration. 

Investing in Hong Kong dollar debt, for example – along with other Asian USD bonds, typically issued by large, stable or government-related institutions – also enables diversification, risk management and a way to shore-up risk-adjusted return targets at a time when any sort of stability is highly sought after.

Providing insights and practical take-aways - this session will include a brief outlook on the macro environment for the rest of 2020, plus implications for fixed income portfolios, especially Asian (including HK dollar) bonds.

 

Key discussion points to include - 

 

New approaches to asset allocation and risk management within the fixed income universe - to prepare portfolios for a post-pandemic era

The outlook for Asian fixed income - and how this fits within the broader macro context

Ways to tackle a ‘lower for longer’ rates environment via Asian debt

Key factors in weighing liquidity vs yield amid today’s environment

Where next for the Hong Kong market - including challenges and opportunities for HKD bonds

Holding your managers accountable in times of volatility

In times of volatility, it’s more important than ever to understand how your managers are performing and whether there are any areas for concern – be it with respect to the funds you’ve invested in or the organisational issues around the firms you have partnered with.

In this webcast, eVestment in partnership with AsianInvestor, will share unique proprietary data around how institutional investors globally have responded to market volatility and suggest some best practices about how best to monitor managers.

The discussion offers participants a chance to learn about specific examples of how market-leading institutional investors conduct quarterly manager monitoring as a way to both prepare for manager meetings and to flag potential investment risks.



Main points of discussion include:
 

- Why ongoing monitoring of investment managers is important

- Key ways to accurately scrutinise your external managers’ performance

- The importance of monitoring performance and risk relative to peers, not just benchmarks

- Flags that may signal areas of concern to discuss with your manager

Revisiting Total Portfolio Approach: Position Your Organisation For Uncertain Times

There is evidence that a well-executed TPA can provide a return benefit of 50 to 100 basis points per annum over a traditional, SAA-based approach (Total Portfolio Approach – A global asset owners study into current and future asset allocation practices. Thinking Ahead Institute). However, investors must be prepared to fully commit to the organisational design, with the potential changes to operations and investment support systems that it implies, if they are to fully reap these benefits.

SimCorp, in partnership with AsianInvestor, will conduct a webinar that dives into the TPA approach.  This webinar will cover: 

• The shift away from traditional, Strategic Asset Allocation to TPA
• The impact of TPA on capital allocation, internal culture and governance 
• Is TPA worth the time, cost and effort? 
• The biggest challenges of implementing this approach
• What asset owners need to do to effectively execute TPA’
• A panel discussion

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