Tobias Bland, founder of XIE Shares, an independent Hong Kong ETF platform operated by Enhanced Investment Products (EIP), shares his thoughts about the most pressing questions from our recent Inside ETFs Asia conference and discusses the most important themes in today’s Asian markets.
With returns having steadily fallen in recent years, fund management fees have come under closer scrutiny. Index licensing is one area where ETF providers are looking to reduce costs.
Moves by BlackRock and EIP to close 14 Hong Kong-listed exchange-traded funds reflect rising competition and costs. Meanwhile, EIP's CEO feels listing and delisting takes too long.
After a strong showing in 2016, the gold price has been pegged back by dollar strength and a positive outlook for the US. Still, demand from China is growing, notably through ETFs.
The CEO of fund house EIP wants commission payments to be banned in Hong Kong, as the industry awaits new disclosure rules. Jessica Cutrera of EXS Capital also calls for more transparency.
Hong Kong-listed exchange-traded funds should prove attractive to mainland insurance firms looking to boost their overseas exposure, says Tobias Bland, CEO of fund house EIP.