Investors want more access to less common sources of information, such as private company and real-time data, but they face hurdles in doing so, finds Greenwich Associates.
Greenwich Associates has singled out four fund houses for the high level of their institutional investment service quality, as asset owners increasingly seek specialist advice.
Abhi Shroff has left his role as Asia managing director of Greenwich Associates to join US fund house Pimco as head of Southeast Asia institutional business development.
European and US investors see themselves as viable sources of corporate bond liquidity, and proposals are emerging whereby dealers could access buy-side holdings, says Greenwich Associates.
Institutional investors and fund houses in Asia are using ETFs more for multi-asset and smart-beta strategies and for replacing futures exposure, with growth tipped to accelerate.
Reduced liquidity and trading volume in Asian fixed income markets is affecting institutions’ relationships with their dealers, according to Greenwich Associates.
Fund firms are boosting distribution teams with an eye on institutional investors expanding allocations to more specialist international asset classes, according to two reports.
Markus Ohlig will start in July as the firm's Asia head in Singapore, where the firm has opened a new office.
The institutional research firm lost its regional head recently, but is adding staff overall. It has almost trebled headcount across Hong Kong and Singapore since 2010.
Abenomics may have given Japanese equities a shot in the arm, but it has forced government bond volumes down. Still, the top dealing dogs retain a familiar look.
Nine out of 10 Asian institutions express concern over the Fed's QE slowdown and prospect of rising rates. As they diversify they should outsource more, says Greenwich Associates.
A study finds just a third of Asian institutions invest in quant strategies, versus more than four out of five US peers. As a result, they are expected to play catch up.