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MotorwayA new type of licence for foreign fund managers in China promises better access than ever. Dave Waller reports.

Martin-GilbertMartin Gilbert, chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, talks to George Mitton about his firm’s new independent venture in China, trying not to gloat when the Chinese stock market collapsed, and his regret at missing out on mutual fund recognition.

TokyoCorporate scandals in Japan have left investors wondering whether improvements in governance standards have gone far enough. George Mitton reports.

Digital platformOnline platforms such as Yu’e Bao threaten the business models of Asian banks. How will fund managers be affected? Dave Waller reports.

VietnamBy lifting foreign ownership limits and signing a trade deal with Europe, Vietnam is seeking an upgrade to emerging market status. But stalled efforts at privatisation suggest challenges remain, writes George Mitton.

Mutual fund recognition offers a new route into China – but as our panel explains, this route is untested and asset managers must feel their way with care. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick and Alan Chalmers in Hong Kong.

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Investing in tomorrow’s world

investmentAt times like these, HSBC Asset Management easily pivots towards emerging markets.

The spotlight on growth markets and the need to be nimble and dynamic is ever-sharper, given the difficulty in predicting monetary policy in the world’s major nations.

Sponsored feature: Navigating the complexities of FX execution and currency risk

A comprehensive, cost-effective, and transparent currency overlay hedging solution is crucial to mitigate FX exposure risks in the complex landscapes of Japan and China's FX markets, explains Hans Jacob Feder, PhD, global head of FX services at MUFG Investor Services.

Opinion

The emergence of AI-powered funds

Contradictory market sentiments from commentators have impeded the decision-making powers of the first wave of AI-powered ETFs, says Alvin Chia of Northern Trust Asset Servicing.

Transitioning to an era of scarcity

The world is transitioning from an era of commodity abundance to one of undersupply. Ben Ross and Tyler Rosenlicht of Cohen & Steers believe this shift may result in significant returns for commodities and resource producers over the next decade.

Asia credit: An outsized winner in the region’s energy transition?

Ross Dilkes, fixed income portfolio manager at Wellington Management, examines the opportunities and risks for bond investors presented by the region’s decarbonisation agenda.

A quiet revolution in Japan’s corporate governance

revolution, Japan, corporate governance, Shareholders, corporate, governance, standards, improvement, Tetsuro Takase, SuMi TrustShareholders in Japan no longer accept below-par corporate governance standards. Changes are taking place, but there are still areas for improvement, says Tetsuro Takase at SuMi Trust.

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