Investors are becoming more discerning in terms of what they want to see from ESG investments, even as regulatory scrutiny heats up.
Changes at Prudential Corporation Asia were popular among our readers in April, who also showed interest in China's $3 trillion mutual fund market and Australia's super fund mergers.
Sebi's latest proposals to segregate advice and product distribution indicate a marked shift in thinking and plugs loopholes that were to the detriment of investors, said experts.
The Asia Region Funds Passport could open up investment opportunities into the Belt and Road Initiative for Japanese mutual funds.
Fund managers in China that have too many small funds may have to wait six months to win approval for new products, but there are exceptions and some room for manoeuvre.
Asset managers, advisers and distributors in India say planned rules to separate provision of investment advice from sale of mutual funds will hamper investment industry growth.
Passive fund houses are likely to wait for direct access to China’s mutual fund market, but this entails risks, says a report to be released today by Standard Chartered and Z-Ben Advisors.
Guidelines issued on Friday aimed at curbing the growth of mutual funds tailored for individual – or small groups of – institutional clients have come earlier than some expected.
The Securities and Futures Commission plans to make distributors declare the commissions they charge on funds, reflecting a global trend.
China's investment industry is set to continue its rapid expansion, as institutions increasingly outsource investments to both mandates and mutual funds, says rating agency Fitch.
The launch of the first mainland mutual fund house owned by individuals has raised hopes that the sector can stem the flow of star managers moving to private fund firms. But some are doubtful.
Mainland authorities are said to be considering whether tighter rules are needed for the domestic mutual fund industry, which hit the $1.3 trillion mark in December.