News

Japan’s ETF industry runs close to $300 billion

Japanese stocksThe sum invested in listed exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products (ETFs and ETPs) in Japan hit $295 billion in January – a record. Assets rose nearly 7% during the month, the largest monthly increase in a year and a half, according to the data from financial research firm ETFGI. “The majority of these flows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $6.7 billion in January 2018,” said a statement from the company. Japan is by far the largest ETF and ETP market in the Asia-Pacific region. ETFs and ETPs in the rest of the region contained a combined $170 billion at the end of December, according to ETFGI data. Over the past ten years, ETF and ETP assets in Japan have grown by an average of 23% a year. ©2018 funds global asia

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Operational challenges

Jun 09, 2018

Caroline Higgins of Northern Trust tells George Mitton about A-share inclusion, ETF Connect and why Cayman funds predominate in the region.

INTERVIEW: Making a name

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Formed by a merger in 2012, Old Mutual Global Investors was little-known in Asia. Carol Wong, managing director for Asia-Pacific, is changing that. She talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables

SINGAPORE ROUNDTABLE: Optimism versus caution

Oct 23, 2018

The impact of financial technology, developments in Asian passporting and the promise of new markets in Thailand were among the topics discussed by our panel. Chaired by George Mitton in Singapore.

HONG KONG ROUNDTABLE: a long-term project

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Our panel discussed robo-advisers, ETF Connect, and why the mutual recognition of funds (MRF) scheme will take time to develop. Chaired by George Mitton in Hong Kong.