Dec 2018-Jan 2019

EDITORIAL: A greener future

Romil_PatelChina is a master of longevity – its ancient traditions and enduring culture underlie its current transition to a global superpower. In recent decades, industrialisation has brought China great wealth. But such dramatic changes have come at a cost. Beijing has realised it can no longer be a sleeping giant on the environmental front if it aspires to lead the world order. Whichever country spearheads the transition to a greener future could well emerge as the next hegemon. To give an idea of the trajectory, for every dollar invested in the environment on a global basis, half is in China. Institutional investors will no doubt be eyeing opportunities in China as the country opens up to further foreign investment. There are challenges, of course. Despite its progress on renewable energy, China still has some way to go on the “social” and “governance” aspects of the ESG concept. While Beijing is evidently taking the environment seriously (there were 3,500 prosecutions for environmental crime in the first ten months of 2018), Chinese and Asian companies must improve corporate governance standards and gender diversity. Given Asia’s reputation for getting things done, combined with Beijing’s long-term approach, ESG investing in China is one to watch. Romil Patel, editor, Funds Global Asia ©2019 funds global asia

Executive Interviews

Interview: Asia’s sweet spots

Jul 05, 2019

As the US-China trade war ramps up with a hike in levies, Tai Hui, chief market strategist for Asia-Pacific at JP Morgan Asset Management, tells Romil Patel where he identifies investment value.

Interview: Money needs a place to go

Mar 11, 2019

Peng Fei, chief investment officer at Wanwei Asset Management, tells Romil Patel about allocating capital across risk factors when asset performance is uncertain and unpredictable.

Roundtables

ESG roundtable: Are the ESG stars aligning across Asia?

Jul 05, 2019

Our panel of experts discusses driving higher ESG asset allocation in Asia, growing calls to address the global climate crisis and the importance of governance. Chaired by Romil Patel in Hong Kong.

Singapore roundtable: A money magnet

Mar 11, 2019

Our panel discussed why the Singapore Variable Capital Company makes them bullish, what gives the onshore jurisdiction an offshore feel and “blood on the streets” from China’s slowdown. Chaired by Romil Patel in Singapore.