Weekly roundup of people news, Jan 22

JP Morgan AM hires Asia head of investment stewardship; Hines appoints Asia CIO; JLL names new India CEO; William Blair IM hires Asia sales head; Colliers appoints new Australia chief; Fidelity moves into private credit; Broadridge adds Apac COO; Nomura adds 20 private bankers in Hong Kong and Singapore and more.

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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.

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.

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.

Green and ESG bonds: what’s behind their rise?

The past year has seen something of a growth spurt for green bonds, with the market heading toward the $1 trillion milestone, according to data from the Climate Bonds Initiative and Bloomberg. It has also seen the emergence of social bonds, used for social investments with aims such as expanding access to healthcare and education. As well as significant government bond launches, there has been increased issuance from the corporate sector and from a wider range of businesses and industries.

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.

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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

Drivers of change – macro forces and the new normal for insurance

In times of economic turmoil, the natural reaction is often to cut your losses. Plus, balancing assets and liabilities can be particularly difficult during a period of historically low interest rates, looming government debt and the risk of corporate defaults. However, amid these challenging conditions investors should combine a long-term investment view with bespoke investment solutions.

In our upcoming webinar, we discuss with insurance industry experts how best to map out a path to successful investment against a backdrop of tenuous economic recovery and geopolitical uncertainty.

  • How macro-economic forces are shaping risks for balance sheets
  • Regulatory changes in a broader context, such as IFRS 17 and IFRS 9
  • Current challenges in building products with investment guarantees
  • Embedding ESG considerations into the portfolio construction process
  • All weather asset allocation to navigate through market volatility

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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.

Green and ESG bonds: what’s behind their rise?

The past year has seen something of a growth spurt for green bonds, with the market heading toward the $1 trillion milestone, according to data from the Climate Bonds Initiative and Bloomberg. It has also seen the emergence of social bonds, used for social investments with aims such as expanding access to healthcare and education. As well as significant government bond launches, there has been increased issuance from the corporate sector and from a wider range of businesses and industries.

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JP Morgan AM hires Asia head of investment stewardship; Hines appoints Asia CIO; JLL names new India CEO; William Blair IM hires Asia sales head; Colliers appoints new Australia chief; Fidelity moves into private credit; Broadridge adds Apac COO; Nomura adds 20 private bankers in Hong Kong and Singapore and more.