Spring 2015

Freight trainsDeveloping as rapidly as the city itself, Shanghai’s ‘through train’ to Hong Kong is set to sprout branches in Shenzhen and a parallel Bond Connect programme. George Mitton reports from China.

JakartaIndonesia is waking up to the promise of Islamic bonds, and with a population nearly 10 times that of Malaysia, it could soon become a regional heavyweight. Orlando Crowcroft reports.

Blair-PickerellBlair Pickerell’s fluency in Chinese enabled him to spot a loophole in Taiwanese law that gave birth to the country’s offshore funds industry. George Mitton met him in Hong Kong.

LanternsLast year, Asian frontier market equities beat MSCI’s global frontier index by nearly 10 percentage points. Dave Waller asks if this asset class is as enticing as it seems.

In the MSCI Frontier Market index, Asia punches below its weight, accounting for just four of its 24 constituents. We profile them here.

Cindy-FuIn a new series in conjunction with Investec Asset Management, Funds Global Asia looks at the challenges affecting fund distributors around the world. Cindy Fu, managing director, head of wealth management, Standard Chartered (Taiwan), explains the importance of offering local clients a broad range of products.

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Sponsored Profiles

Sponsored feature: Another way of doing things

Nov 05, 2020

Funds Global Asia talks to Calastone’s Leo Chen about the growth of wealth management in Southeast Asia and the emergence of new models.

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Apr 06, 2020

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Oct 17, 2019

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Oct 16, 2019

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Executive Interviews

Executive interview: Staying agile on the pandemic plan

Nov 05, 2020

Terry Pan, chief executive for Greater China, southeast Asia and Korea at Invesco Asia Pacific, tells us about managing a business during Covid-19, opportunities on the continent and US-China...

Executive interview: Hong Kong: Bridging the ESG gap

Nov 05, 2020

Dr King Lun Au, executive director at the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) discusses Hong Kong’s “unique” role in developing ESG in the region with Romil Patel.

Roundtables

Roundtable: ‘What’s priced in versus what surprises’

Jan 04, 2021

As we head into 2021, our panel of experts in Singapore pore over the key risks that are not fully priced in, the impact of the incoming Biden administration on Asia and the dominant investment theme that is China. Chaired by Romil Patel.

Hong Kong roundtable: A ‘fragile Goldilocks situation’

Apr 06, 2020

With the global economy at a crossroads, our panel of experts share their thoughts on the market conditions, geopolitical volatility and growth opportunities. Chaired by Romil Patel in Hong Kong.