Weekly investor roundup: Cathay Financial expects rate hikes to boost returns; NPS' enlarged stewardship role faces pushback

Cathay Financial Holdings anticipates that interest rate increases will help boost profits in the coming year; Korea's National Pension Service meets protest from the business community after move to enlarge stewardship role; MAS bans crypto advertising to the general public; Japan's GPIF appoints managers for fund of funds mandate; GIC returns for Checkout.com's Series D funding; and more

Weekly roundup of people news, Jan 14

China Life names Yuan Changqing as acting chairman; Future Super hires operations chief; China Life Franklin Asset Management CIO and deputy CEO leave; Willis Towers Watson has hired Kameswara Natakusumah as head of Indonesia; Prudential hires ex-Apac CEO for Allianz George David Sartorel as a non-executive director; Manulife IM hires into multi-asset solutions team in Asia; PineBridge Investments hires from BNY Mellon IM; and more.

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Beyond Profit: Making natural capital matter

With sustainability so integral to allocation decisions for asset owners across Asia, what is the value of 'natural capital' to portfolios? Schroders believes that understanding - and embracing - this amid the ongoing changes to the climate, physical environment and biodiversity is key to avoiding nature-related financial risks.

The top tech trends to drive returns in 2022

From machine learning and robotics to 5G and cybersecurity, investors are eyeing the next big tech-led themes to shape their portfolio allocations. To shed light on the trends to watch, speakers from Nasdaq, China Asset Management and Cathay Securities identify new opportunities – and how to access them.

Asia outlook 2022: Investing in a climate of change

Over the next 12 months, investors in Asia will likely contend with a fast-moving investment landscape shaped by China’s increasing focus on sustainability alongside the tenor of macroeconomic policies and the path of inflation. PineBridge Investments’ specialists offer their views on what investors can expect in 2022 and the opportunities arising from this confluence of changes.

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Taking a thematic route to long-term returns

Planning portfolios and asset allocation in the current environment is increasingly challenging. But with sweeping transformations to societies and economies globally, investors’ focus has shifted from traditional sectors to themes likely to shape tomorrow’s world.

As investors try to identify winning strategies for 2022, and beyond, passive instruments that offer exposure to emerging technologies are seeing strong inflows. From AI, machine learning and robotics, to 5G, intelligent automation and cybersecurity, thematic investing is a compelling way to access and capitalise on these trends.

In this engaging and timely discussion, market experts from Nasdaq, ChinaAMC and Cathay Securities will share their perspectives and provide practical insights to help investors:

  • Understand key market trends and thematics
  • Access rapidly emerging opportunities within the new technologies landscape
  • Identify thematic ETFs with the potential to outperform
  • Position thematic investment strategies within portfolios
  • Learn what’s next in key markets in Asia

 

Speakers

  • Clarence Chan, head of ETFs, China Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Eddie Cheng, Senior Vice President, Head of Quantitative and Index Business Divison, Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd.
  • Ben Jones, Senior index strategist, index research & development, Nasdaq
  • Moderator: Andrew Crooke, Strategy and Content Director, AsianInvestor

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Weekly roundup of people news, Jan 7

Tokio Marine appoints new CEO for Asia region; Ben Rudd made CEO of Prudential Wealth Management; HKEX hires from Prudential; Samsung SRA appoints former KIC infra head as CEO; HSBC Asset Management appoints senior vice president; Morningstar names head of manager research for Europe and Asia; PGIM adds ESG lead for Europe and Asia; Apex Group adds Singapore managing director; and more.

Weekly roundup of people news, Jan 14

China Life names Yuan Changqing as acting chairman; Future Super hires operations chief; China Life Franklin Asset Management CIO and deputy CEO leave; Willis Towers Watson has hired Kameswara Natakusumah as head of Indonesia; Prudential hires ex-Apac CEO for Allianz George David Sartorel as a non-executive director; Manulife IM hires into multi-asset solutions team in Asia; PineBridge Investments hires from BNY Mellon IM; and more.

Weekly investor roundup: China Life Insurance's chair under investigation; Korea's NPS accused of being passive with climate crisis

The chair of China Life Insurance is under investigation for "serious violations of discipline and law"; Korea's National Pension Service was found to have been passive with efforts to mitigate climate change; Singapore's NTUC Income plans to spin off insurance business to new company; Temasek leads $300 million funding round alongside Qatar's SWF for Carsome Group; and more.