There is definite proof that sustainability-focused funds are outperforming their conventional counterparts. But some experts believe the traditional explanations for this are wrong.
In his new job he will report to Melvyn Ford, regional head of global markets financing and services based in Hong Kong, and to Dan Ritchie, Merrill LynchÆs Australian head of equities.
Australian-born Laws moves from New York where he previously worked as global head of funding and liquidity management. He will now run a 40-strong team which is already in place.
The business comprises of equity and fixed income prime brokerage, stock loan, margin lending, structured financing, financial futures and a third-party clearing operation within Berndale Securities.
As well as servicing hedge fund clients it will also cater to other institutional and retail customers.
Merrill Lynch says that it thinks now is a good time to continue to build this business in recognition of the growth of AustraliaÆs hedge fund community, which is now the largest in Asia Pacific, and because Australia now has the worldÆs fourth largest investment pool.
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.