Japan leads the region in passive equity investing

Japan leads the region in passive equity investing...

As passive investing continues to gain ground world-wide, Japan remains the heavyweight investor in Asia.

Published : 13, Mar 2017
Asian fund industry growth leads the world in 2016

Asian fund industry growth leads the world in...

Asia's fund industry recorded the highest growth in terms of assets under management globally last year, according to a Morningstar report.

Published : 10, Mar 2017
US robo adviser eyes Asia

US robo adviser eyes Asia

Marketriders, a US robo adviser recently acquired by broker Sogotrade, has its sights on the Hong Kong and China markets.

Published : 10, Mar 2017
Aviva strengthens foothold in Singapore with 420 advisers

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Insurance giant Aviva has revealed it employs 420 financial advisers in its Singapore advisory unit which was established less than a year ago.

Published : 9, Mar 2017
Singapore life industry must tackle ‘poor advice practices’

Singapore life industry must tackle ‘poor advice...

Life companies in Singapore must do more to improve the business culture within their organisation following a number of mis-selling cases involving poor or inappropriate financial advice, a senior official from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has said.

Published : 8, Mar 2017
Agriculture sector funds in HK carry highest fees

Agriculture sector funds in HK carry highest fees...

Agriculture is the most expensive equity sector for mutual fund investors, based on the average of annual fees charged by sector-focused funds available for sale in Hong Kong.

Published : 8, Mar 2017
Int'l life company closures in HK ‘likely in near future’

Int'l life company closures in HK ‘likely in near...

Hong Kong will see an acceleration of the departure and downsizing of international life companies unless significant tax measures are taken to secure it as an insurance hub, according to an influential government advisory body.

Published : 7, Mar 2017
HK regulator brings in fee disclosure for fund managers

HK regulator brings in fee disclosure for fund...

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission now requires fund managers to disclose the ongoing charges figure (OCF) on their funds’ key facts statements (KFS), according to a circular from the regulator.

Published : 6, Mar 2017
Aus bank boss nabs pay rise despite fleecing advice clients

Aus bank boss nabs pay rise despite fleecing advice...

At a grilling in parliament on Friday, the chief executive of the National Australia Bank revealed its head of financial planning had received a 36% pay rise even after it emerged customers had been charged A$34.7m ($26m, €25m, £21.5m) for advice they did not receive.

Published : 3, Mar 2017
Do Hong Kong investors receive value for their fund fees?

Do Hong Kong investors receive value for their...

Some of the most expensive funds available to Hong Kong investors deliver less than stellar returns.

Published : 3, Mar 2017
Regulations to revamp Malaysia’s life sector, says Zurich

Regulations to revamp Malaysia’s life sector,...

Malaysia’s life insurance industry, traditionally dominated by agency business, is set to see “rapid changes” once the country brings wide-ranging regulatory measures, according to Philip Smith, chief executive of Zurich Malaysia Bhd.

Published : 2, Mar 2017
China’s bank regulator to close loopholes, increase oversight

China’s bank regulator to close loopholes, increase...

The freshly appointed chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) has vowed to close cross-market financial product loopholes and tighten oversight of the nearly CNY30trn (£3.5trn, $4.4trn, €4.1trn) held in Chinese banks' wealth management products.

Published : 2, Mar 2017
SJP Asia reports £13m loss while CEO Bellamy to step down

SJP Asia reports £13m loss while CEO Bellamy to...Lock icon

David Bellamy, chief executive of St James's Place (SJP), will step down from his role at the end of 2017 as the group’s Asian business reports a £13.2m (€15.5m, $16.4m) loss.

Published : 28, Feb 2017
Harvest Global grows international distribution

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Harvest Global Investments (HGI), the international arm China’s Harvest Fund Management, has unveiled a new global distribution network to drive its expansion plans and attract new investors around the world.

Published : 27, Feb 2017
Swiss-Hong Kong fund recognition scheme garners interest

Swiss-Hong Kong fund recognition scheme garners...Lock icon

The planned Switzerland-Hong Kong mutual fund recognition scheme has already begun to attract interest from Asian fund managers interested in the lucrative Swiss market.

Published : 22, Feb 2017
Asian equities defy Trump

Asian equities defy Trump

Asian equities have given the US the finger. Despite Trump rejecting the TPP, the Asia stock market, as measured by the MSCI Asia ex Japan, was up 3.8% in sterling terms in January – a much better start to the year than all other major markets, bar Latin America.

Published : 22, Feb 2017
China to lift 50% foreign ownership cap on life insurers

China to lift 50% foreign ownership cap on life...Lock icon

China is considering easing the 50% ownership cap on overseas life insurers buying domestic companies in the biggest shakeup of the industry in almost two decades.

Published : 22, Feb 2017
South Korean Dancing

South Korea's ING Life Insurance applies for IPO...

Seoul-based ING Life Insurance Korea, South Korea's fifth-largest life insurer, has applied for an initial public offering (IPO).

Published : 17, Feb 2017
Forecasts frustrated by too many unknowns

Forecasts frustrated by too many unknowns

Caution should prevail while economists struggle with forecasts in a climate of too many unknowns, according to François Duhen, chief economist and strategist at Swiss banking group Crédit Mutuel-CIC.

Published : 15, Feb 2017
China’s ‘barbaric’ insurers continue to invest in risky assets

China’s ‘barbaric’ insurers continue to invest...

Life insurers in China will continue to invest in risky assets, despite a recent clampdown by the country’s insurance regulator amid a string of high-profile suspensions over stock market speculation, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service.

Published : 15, Feb 2017

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