Weekly roundup of people news, June 11

Sunsuper and QSuper appoint CIO for combined entity; State Street appoints heads of HK and Taiwan; Nothern Trust rebuilds Apac team; Manulife IM names emerging markets fixed income CIO; RBC Wealth Management hires four into HK; Lombard Odier hires two senior equity managers; Allianz Global Investors appoints Asia hand as equity CIO; and more.

Partner Insights

Asset owners eye infrastructure to fill yield gap

Across Asia Pacific, investment appetite among insurers, pension funds and other institutions bodes well for unlisted infrastructure – especially sustainable assets in Asia, within mandates managed by professionals with experience, finds the latest survey by AsianInvestor and QIC.

Beyond Profit: How effective sustainability measurement will take Asian bond portfolios to the next level

Despite its strong growth in the past year, the long-term success of sustainable bonds in Asia relies on greater disclosure and a clear, data-driven investment process to assess and measure the impact of proceeds, according to Angus Hui, head of Asian and emerging market credit, Asian fixed income at Schroders. In this Beyond Profit series, Schroders explores sustainability in various investment aspects.

European listed real estate offers opportunities

Studies show that when comparing the long-term returns of listed and unlisted real estate vehicles based on the same underlying assets, the listed sector is an effective proxy for direct property investment. However, listed real estate (LRE) has the benefit of higher transparency, diversification, unmatched liquidity and a lower hurdle to global access compared to direct property.

The unique challenges of modeling equity risk in China

Regulatory reform in China in 2020 further opened the country’s markets to overseas institutional investors. The removal of Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) and RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) investment quotas, and the lifting of overseas ownership limits in the mutual fund sector have attracted foreign asset managers to set up wholly foreign-owned enterprises (WFOEs) and apply for onshore mutual fund licenses.




14th Institutional Investment Week Korea

Taking place every morning between 21 Jun and 25 Jun, the 14th Institutional Investment Week Korea will show how Korean investors should rebalance their portfolios, build resilience within their investment strategies.


ESG: the New Pillar of Asset Allocation

The key stakeholders in the investment ecosystem undoubtedly paid significant attention to ESG last year during the Covid-19 pandemic, while regulators across the globe continue to urge asset owners and asset managers to factor sustainability issues into their investments. Most professional investors are now clarifying their motives and strategies for implementing ESG, even though these are not simple black-and-white decisions in many cases. On the organisation level, increasing numbers of institutions and wealth managers are striving to contribute to a better world – or at least trying to align their asset management with their values in sustainable development. Financially, many are also looking to become better investors by integrating ESG into their investment process.

During the virtual event, we are going to discuss:

  • Why are asset owners pivoting towards ESG?
  • How can ESG help to build more robust portfolios and improve return?
  • In what ways are asset owners integrating ESG into their investment processes?
  • What are the challenges ahead? How are investors overcoming them?

Our speakers:

  • Fabrice Chemouny, Head of Asia Pacific, Natixis Investment Managers
  • Maxime Druais, Project Manager of the environmental transition, BPCE Group
  • Adeline Tan, Wealth Business Leader, Mercer
  • Srikanya Yathip, Secretary general, Government Pension Fund (GPF), Thailand
  • Stephanie Weston, Head of Portfolio Design, Hesta Super Fund
  • Koji Watanabe, CMA, General Manager Equity Investment Department, Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • Takeshi Kimura, Special Adviser to the Board, Nippon Life Insurance Company
  • Claire Martinetto, Head of Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, Natixis Investment Managers
  • Estelle Castres, Global Head & Key Insurance Clients, Natixis Investment Managers
  • Iain Bell, Events Director, AsianInvestor

You’re cordially invited to join Natixis Investment Managers and AsianInvestor’s digital conference that shares ESG benefits in asset allocation.


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Weekly roundup of people news, June 4

Harvest Global Investments' Asia equities head leaves; Schroders losing multi-asset deputy head to rival; Northern Trust names head of Apac; Singapore's Central Provident Fund names new chair; Amundi appoints Hong Kong CEO; MAS renews Ravi Menon as managing director; NZ Super makes general manager promotion; and more.