As 2016 draws to a close, AsianInvestor has picked out the stories that attracted the most interest from readers in the past 12 months.

While much of the year was focused on political tremors on the far side of the world, from Donald Trump's election as US president to Britain's exit from the EU, AsianInvestor's list was also influenced by worries much closer to home for many of our readers. These included investors' desperate hunt for yield and the growing trend towards consolidation among asset and wealth managers amid rising cost and regulatory pressures.

As always, the list incorporated exclusives. Our story on AllianceBernstein's plan to hand back RQFII quota, which came as China continued to open its capital markets. And the Taiwanese regulator awarding of privileges to certain foreign asset managers for greater local commitment underlined how Asian countries are seeking to build up their domestic fund industries. 

We also provided in-depth analysis of important breaking news, such as the Janus-Henderson merger in October and Edmond de Rothschild's exit from Hong Kong. The latter two pieces reflected the growth of M&A and retrenchment in the investment industry in Asia and globally. 

Naturally, readers were also eager to access the latest news on people moves across the industry. Join us in 2017 for more...

 

January

 

Aberdeen replaces Asia distribution head

The new appointee is expected to start in March to succeed Corinne Cheok, who retired from the UK asset manager last September.

 

February

 

The 10 fastest growing asset managers in Asia

We revealed the firms that had grown the most in percentage terms year-on-year by assets sourced from Asia Pacific. They were all headquartered in the region.

March

AllianceBernstein to return RQFII bond quota

AllianceBernstein decided to hand back the RQFII quota it uses to buy Chinese fixed income assets, underlining the growing obsolescence of the cross-border scheme. 

 

April

 

Top foreign fund houses in China unveiled

International fund firms were ranked by the strength of their mainland business in the first such report from Z-Ben Advisors. 

 

May

 

BSI fined, ordered to shut down in Singapore

The city-state’s regulator also referred the names of six former and current employees of the Swiss private bank to the public prosecutor to assess whether they committed criminal offences.

 

June

 

Brexit: Asia’s investment industry reacts

Britain dramatically turned its back on the European Union in its landmark referendum. As markets tumbled, our reporters gathered reactions on what this means for Asian finance.

 

July

 

Korean asset owners try to bridge expertise gap

Korea's pension funds and insurers are keen to raise their alternatives and overseas exposure, but lack capabilities in those areas. How are investment heads in Seoul addressing this issue?

 

August 

 

Value Partners explains AUM drop, hires COO and Singapore head

Despite asset outflows and a big profit decline in the first half, the Hong Kong fund house is focused on overseas expansion, with the hire of its first group COO and a new Singapore head.

September

Six foreign fund houses win Taiwan privileges

AllianceBernstein, Allianz Global Investors, Eastspring, Franklin Templeton, JP Morgan AM and Schroders were tipped to benefit strongly from their awards under Taiwan's 'deep-cultivation plan'.  

October

Janus and Henderson to merge amid rising cost pressures

The deal will give the two fund firms more consistency and scale – which they will badly need in an increasingly tough environment for active managers, say industry observers.

November

Trump wins: live investor reaction

Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. As markets slump, we ask investors in Asia for their reactions.

December

Edmond de Rothschild’s exit from HK “just the tip of the iceberg”

The Swiss asset and wealth manager is shutting its Hong Kong operation, a move that came as no surprise to market observers. More industry closures and consolidation are expected.