For all the excitement caused by the MSCI index inclusion of China A-shares, it is the benchmark addition of Chinese bonds that could be a bigger game changer, said experts.
At the Inside ETFs Asia forum, index providers and portfolio managers said fixed income ETFs were becoming more popular but Axa highlighted the issues still holding them back.
Greater standardisation and credit differentiation are seen as key if Asia is to develop an effective corporate bond market.
Illiquid, crowded out by bank lending, and underdeveloped. That is how many institutional investors see Asian bond finance, which lags the region's economic coming of age.
Asia's local currency bond markets need to raise credit rating expertise and professional experience to help expand their appeal with international investors, said experts.
Local currency bonds in the region suffer from an image problem in Europe and the US, and some real concerns need to be addressed, said panellists at a fixed income event.
ICBC-Axa's CIO talked about the insurer's asset allocation plans and which overseas markets to avoid at AsianInvestor’s 5th China Global Investment Forum.
Senior institutional investors gathered in Beijing for a day of insightful discussions on the country's investing landscape.
Delegates gathered in Beijing for exclusive insights on the world's second-largest economy.
The long-standing mandatory defined contribution scheme can improve upon existing schemes by introducing new measures, a Securities and Exchange Commission executive said.
Larry Wan, former CIO of AIA China, is positive about A-shares and wants Chinese insurers to use more external managers. Some are heeding his call.
The country is attempting to rapidly reform its pension system after failing to do enough for years. It needs to move quickly, to avoid growing poverty.
As long as investors are nimble and selective, equity markets still offer plenty of late-cycle investment opportunities, say Thai asset owners and wealth managers.
The Shanghai-based joint venture favours private equity funds in both onshore and overseas markets in its search for higher yields. But the investment comes with certain risks.
Delegates gathered in Bangkok for a day of debate on hot-button investing issues.
Investors gather in Bangkok to gain insight from the experts.
Opinions are mixed about the infrastructure vehicle, which is expected to launch next month after delays. One insurance CIO cited potentially low and uncertain returns as an issue.
EPF, Prudential Malaysia and Axa Affin Life are adopting ESG principles in different ways, ranging from exclusionary screening to sustainable investing, delegates heard at an AI forum.
Leading investors gathered for the latest insights at AsianInvestor's debut Malaysia-focused conference in Kuala Lumpur.
The Malaysian pension fund expects to raise its overseas exposure partly through raising private market investments, its CEO told delegates at AsianInvestor's forum in Kuala Lumpur.