The Dutch pension asset manager's Asia Pacific head of real estate says his team has just had one of its busiest years ever and that 2021 is looking similarly promising.
Taylor has spent the past seven years at the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group. Working out of Washington, DC and Hong Kong, Taylor became a corporate-governance expert at the IFC.
Aberdeen wanted to hire someone like him in order to make corporate-governance issues a more important screen in its investment process. The firm is a regional leader in voting shares.
Taylor will report both to Hugh Young, managing director, and Peter Hames, head of Asian equities, in the firmÆs Singapore office.
Separately, Aberdeen is also transferring Nick Yeo, an investment manager, from Singapore to Hong Kong. YeoÆs focus is Greater China equities so the decision behind the move is obvious. But not only will he continue to cover Hong Kong stocks and H shares, but also develop the firmÆs expertise in mainland A shares. Yeo has been given a mandate to establish a dedicated China team.
Yeo first joined Aberdeen in 2000 and was seconded to its London global emerging markets (GEM) team for two years. While in London, Yeo covered EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and Latin American companies before returning to AberdeenÆs Asia equity team in 2004. He also reports to Young and Hames.
AsianInvestor describes why we chose the top funds across a series of key asset classes.
The RM82.64 billion ($20.6 billion) Malaysian Hajj fund, which recently completed a restructure, is looking to diversify globally but remains cautious of risky assets.
Mega players Nippon Life and Dai-ichi Life are looking for opportunities in higher-yield single-A US corporate bonds, which offer more appealing yields than stagnant domestic offerings.
The “lower for longer” monetary policy and stimulus packages, coupled with the rolling out of vaccine programmes favorably support real estate investing in the region, with offices and data centres presenting forward-looking opportunities.