There is definite proof that sustainability-focused funds are outperforming their conventional counterparts. But some experts believe the traditional explanations for this are wrong.
Hemendra Kothari, chairman, DSP Merrill Lynch, says, "Nipun's appointment is a strategic addition to our team and underscores our commitment to expanding our business lines in India. We look forward to capitalising on the many opportunities within the rapidly emerging real estate sector in the country."
Timothy Grady, managing director and head of Pacific-Rim global commercial real estate, Merrill Lynch says ôNipunÆs appointment significantly increases our bandwidth and footprint on the ground in India as we continue to roll out our commercial real estate investment platform in the country.ö
IndiaÆs real estate market has attracted interest from a host of global players including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and others. With the Indian economy forecast to grow at 9% this year, real estate in the country is still considered undervalued. However, a huge run-up in asset prices over the last few years has made it critical to place bets carefully going forward.
Sahni joins from GE Commercial Finance in India, where he was country head of real estate. He has also worked with Ranbaxy. Sahni completed a masters in finance degree from the University of Delhi in 1994.
To get the clarity they want to make informed portfolio decisions, asset owners and managers must now blend and adapt multiple sources of traditional and non-traditional data to create actionable insights, said speakers at a webinar hosted by AsianInvestor and IHS Markit.
The country's largest insurer Ping An set up a $62 billion green investment target by 2025. Several more players are also joining the hunt for sustainable assets.
The boss of Thailand’s second-largest pension fund hopes that proposed changes in the law will help her diversify more into overseas markets. She is particularly bullish on China.
Investors can still find spread premiums in niche private debt, with the asset class's prognosis looking strong, said a keynote speaker at AsianInvestor’s latest summit on Wednesday.