Asset owners across Asia are looking into their investing options in more niche areas of alternatives. There are several possibilities, although they will remain minority investments.
Illiquid investments such as aircraft financing, cat bonds and student housing are drawing interest, says Aman Dhingra, Singapore head of advisory at the Swiss private bank.
Top performing Asian fund of hedge funds discusses alpha at the fund of funds level.
TAL looks to expand in Hong Kong''s pension market and China''s mutual funds industry.
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CPPIB, Omers and OTPP are busy hiring in the region for investment talent in credit, real assets and particularly equities. Omers is also planning to add office space in Singapore.
The life insurer has promoted Fanda Ho to replace Ben Rudd, who recently moved to a new internal role.
China Pacific Insurance appoints new chairwoman, COO; AMP's CEO to leave by third quarter; Robeco announces duo in senior China roles; Axa IM hires head of institutional sales for Asia; GLP names co-president for logistics; BlackRock sells onshore Korea distribution business; Income Partners poaches head of distribution from Vanguard; and more.
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.
The Singapore state fund recently bought into impact investing specialist LeapFrog, and is eyeing more investments that combine strong financial returns with a positive social effect.
Asset owners are interested in sustainable investments but they lack enough peer benchmarks and suitable products, according to a World Economic Forum white paper.
Australia's superannuation industry will soon comprise four to five A$200 billion megafunds, with room for a few smaller, niche funds, experts say.
Swiss Re hires head of China asset management business; BlackRock deregisters its China WFOE; DWS names head of Apac insurance coverage; Amundi appoints first Asia sustainability officer; Manulife IM appoints senior portfolio manager for asset allocation; Morgan Stanley IM hires portfolio manager for A-shares; and more.
Special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) have gained ground as financing vehicles for companies looking to go public. But Asian family offices have yet to make many investments.