Studies show that when comparing the long-term returns of listed and unlisted real estate vehicles based on the same underlying assets, the listed sector is an effective proxy for direct property investment. However, listed real estate (LRE) has the benefit of higher transparency, diversification, unmatched liquidity and a lower hurdle to global access compared to direct property.
Regulatory reform in China in 2020 further opened the country’s markets to overseas institutional investors. The removal of Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) and RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) investment quotas, and the lifting of overseas ownership limits in the mutual fund sector have attracted foreign asset managers to set up wholly foreign-owned enterprises (WFOEs) and apply for onshore mutual fund licenses.
PineBridge Investments’ Asia ex Japan fixed income team, led by Arthur Lau, co-head of emerging markets fixed income and head of Asia ex Japan fixed income, explains why China’s $17.5 trillion onshore bond market can no longer be overlooked – and why navigating its unique features is key.
Backed by government action to remove regulatory bottlenecks, the city is moving swiftly to ensure ease of doing business for international firms.
Although sustainable funds have seen increasing inflows amid growing environmental awareness and the spotlight on social issues due to Covid-19, the industry still lacks a standard definition of sustainable investing. Nicholette MacDonald-Brown, head of European blend equities at Schroders, explains the firm’s three-pronged approach of people, process and purpose.
In today’s fast-paced trading environment, there is growing demand for unique data streams to help guide investment decisions. In a recent webinar, AsianInvestor spoke to experts in the field of alternative data to gain a more in-depth understanding of the latest available options, from geotagging to sentiment analysis through natural language processing, and other unique sources of alpha.
Institutional investors still believe private asset investing comes with extra challenges, but that the diversification and return benefits make it worth their while. A recent Schroders survey identifies notable increases in interest for real estate debt, infrastructure equity and insurance-linked securities.
With Hong Kong dollar (HKD) bonds already regarded as an asset-liability matching instrument for locally-based investors, the ongoing lower-for-longer rates environment has given them even greater potential to play an increasingly relevant role in institutional portfolios.
In a recent webinar, we asked insurance industry experts how their investment teams can best plan to meet their return targets when facing a mixture of market volatility, low returns, a tenuous economic recovery and geopolitical uncertainty.
In a recent webinar, AsianInvestor spoke to top experts on emerging market (EM) corporate debt to get a better sense of the opportunities, risks and rewards that investors should be familiar with. To continue the conversation, we followed up with panelists to further explore some key issues.
There is growing investor interest in managing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors inherent in securities lending – especially concerning voting rights – finds a consultation conducted by AsianInvestor and the Pan Asia Securities Lending Association (PASLA).
Investors in Asia Pacific will likely see the low interest rate environment as an opportunity to add risk assets in the hope that the economic recovery is on the immediate horizon, but the case for owning gold in portfolios remains strong, according to Jaspar Crawley, Head of Distribution, APAC, at The World Gold Council.
BNY Mellon’s new report looks at key drivers shaping the investment industry that buy-side leaders should not miss.
By applying the ‘Investment Clock’ framework, investors can link factor behaviour across economic cycles in the US.
Although the green economy represents an investment opportunity equivalent to a $4 trillion market cap, the rapid growth in recent years needs to accelerate further to achieve the goal of keeping global warming within 2 degrees.
The development of institutional grade financial infrastructure such as exchanges and custody arrangements has made digital assets more accessible to traditional fund houses, ETF issuers and other types of investors. Yet more consideration is needed about how to allocate to these assets and also mitigate the risks.
As investors increasingly recognise the risks and opportunities from the low carbon transition, they are incorporating a wider set of considerations into their decision making, including carbon, green revenues and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.
In our recent webinar in partnership with the World Gold Council, AsianInvestor spoke with a panel of experts about this unique asset class in the context of current developments and the outlook for the future.
Private assets continue to attract capital as investors seek better returns. While private markets can continue to deliver, they will increasingly rely on hard-to-access areas and specialist skills, says Georg Wunderlin, global head of private assets at Schroders.
The past year has seen something of a growth spurt for green bonds, with the market heading toward the $1 trillion milestone, according to data from the Climate Bonds Initiative and Bloomberg. It has also seen the emergence of social bonds, used for social investments with aims such as expanding access to healthcare and education. As well as significant government bond launches, there has been increased issuance from the corporate sector and from a wider range of businesses and industries.