July 2019

Editorial: A defining moment

Romil_PatelThe climate emergency is no longer a fringe issue, but something that is very much at the forefront of voters’ – and investors’ – minds. Truly global in nature, from the deadly wildfires in California to water vulnerability in Cape Town and a host of other places, “climate change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment”, as the United Nations puts it. With that in mind, this edition of Funds Global Asia aims to give readers a deep insight into how investors – from asset managers to insurance companies – are applying environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to the investment process. We look at whether insurers have the edge over other institutional investors when it comes to integrating ESG factors in portfolios and question whether the social aspect is often overlooked. We hear, for example, how the insurance industry’s very nature ought to make investing in social good an appealing prospect. As the composition of investors in the funds industry changes, millennials are becoming an increasingly important target for asset managers. But what are firms doing to win them over as they take a greater share of the investor wallet, and does millennials’ perceived attitude towards ESG match the reality? The results of a survey of more than 3,000 people aged 23-35 might surprise you. What is certain is that the current state of play when it comes to the climate is an emergency that unites the investment community, the younger generation and more and more citizens globally – making our planet the ultimate premium for all. Romil Patel, editor, Funds Global Asia ©2019 funds global asia

Sponsored Profiles

Sponsored feature: How is DLT changing the global securities services landscape?

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By Jeslyn Tan, global head of product management, securities services, at Deutsche Bank

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To get the most value out of the digitisation of investment fund distribution, a blockchain-based infrastructure is fundamental. By Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, Fundsquare.

Sponsored profile: Bridging the gap

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Private equity is a core part of the business for Caceis’ Hong Kong office, which looks after clients in China and Europe. David Li, chief executive officer, explains why private equity enjoys strong client demand and how it is being used to fund China’s international infrastructure ambitions.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Market knowledge key to fund distribution in Asia

Jan 11, 2019

The highly fragmented investment markets in the Asia-Pacific region require detailed knowledge of each market’s unique characteristics and framework. By Lou Kiesch, Partner, and Marc Noirhomme, Director, at Deloitte Luxembourg.

Executive Interviews

Executive interview: Timing the market

Oct 17, 2019

Amy Cho, Schroders’ Hong Kong chief executive and regional head of intermediary clients, tells Romil Patel about Hongkongers’ love of investing, staying nimble in a volatile market and following...

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.

Roundtables

Roundtable: Priming for Asia’s growth

Oct 17, 2019

Panellists discuss expanding product capability across Asia-Pacific, the opportunities and regulatory challenges around data and the prospects for ETFs in the region. Chaired by Romil Patel in Hong Kong.

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.