Checking illiquid assets to find environmental, social and governance issues is harder than it is for listed securities, particularly when it come to credit portfolios, say investors.
A combination of relatively strong economic fundamentals and appealing yields is attracting the attention of asset owners in the region and beyond.
The region's institutional investors have greatly slowed the speed with which they are putting money into ESG-friendly funds, in a sign of caution amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Institutional investors in Europe are looking to invest more into emerging market high yield bonds in an effort to boost returns, despite the additional risk they entail.
After pouring nearly $15 billion into European property in the 15 months to March, Korean investors are apparently being put off such assets by relatively high prices and lower returns.
Pent-up demand among Korean asset owners for overseas property is resulting in a rush for logistics deals, but there is less interest in office assets, even in prime locations.