Opinion on Mutual Funds in Asia-Pacific

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A broad portfolio of wealth management services is necessary to attract Australian investors

The wealth management sector in Australia is experiencing rapid growth. Consequently it has become a target market for many international players, as well as domestic competitors looking to expand. However, providers of wealth management services need to offer a flexible portfolio, which appeals both to the self-governing investor as well as to those who require more financial guidance.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aegon/Ranbaxy: joining forces for the long term

With its surging macroeconomic growth and vast population, Dutch investments provider Aegon's decision to team up with local firm Ranbaxy to offer asset management and insurance services in India is underpinned by sound logic. However both firms must realize that their partnership will take time to bear fruit in a market unfamiliar with the complexities of advanced investment products.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Australia: Challenger and AXA trade businesses

Challenger and AXA have agreed to trade business, with Challenger exchanging its financial planning division for AXA's closed annuities portfolio and a consideration of $100 million. The asset swap has been welcomed by industry observers, as it will allow AXA to free up capital and gain financial planners, while Challenger will reap scale benefits for its annuities.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2008
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Expert View

Australia: new Islamic Index is expected to appeal more to investors from overseas

Following last year's introduction of an Islamic equity fund, Thomas Reuters and Crescent Wealth have launched their first Islamic Australian index. The index offers domestic and international investors a tool to invest in the Australian market in accordance with Sharia law, although it is a product that will appeal more to overseas investors.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

Chinese banking: overseas investment could be sweet or sour

The $4.7 billion combined investment by Royal Bank of Scotland and Temasek in Bank of China has been put in jeopardy by hesitant Chinese shareholders worrying about an increasing level of foreign influence. Unless outside investment in China's financial sector is disciplined and measured in its ambitions, it is likely that local resentment over western involvement will continue to grow.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2005
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CommentWire

Deutsche Bank: catch them if you can

Deutsche Bank [DB] is planning to raise an additional $1.5 billion in Japanese hedge fund assets over the next three years. In a break from past norms, it will work with Japanese banks and brokers to assist in selling its funds. Given the potential of the market, Deutsche Bank should be optimistic about catching up with rivals that have more established footprints in the region.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2004
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CommentWire

Exchange traded funds: sunshine on a cloudy day

There remains a glimmer of hope in the asset management industry, even as significant outflows continue from hedge funds, capital protected structured products, property and equity funds. Exchange traded funds, only launched in the US in 1993, now account for almost 40% of all US stock trading volume.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2009
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CommentWire

Goldman Sachs: delicate approach should pay off in Korean wealth management

Goldman Sachs' move to take a stake in South Korean bank Hana may prove to be a shrewd decision, as Hana has good long term prospects given its wealthy client base. However, potential hazards include the strength of foreign competition and the future growth of the market - but by limiting itself to a 9.5% stake, the US bank is rightly proceeding with caution.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2005
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Expert View

Hedge funds turn to technology

Traditionally, IT vendors have had limited scope to service the lucrative world of hedge funds, but increasing exposure and regulation are forcing this industry's participants to look to technology to ease some of their pain points. Opportunities for IT vendors are not restricted to the hedge funds industry alone but extend to service providers such as prime brokers and fund administrators.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
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India's booming economy has spawned a booming wealth market

The Indian wealth market is offering competitors enormous opportunities. In the last five years, affluent wealth in India has grown at an annual rate of 17.6%, with 618,000 affluent individuals at the end of 2003. India's large skilled population and robust stock market will ensure that this figure grows to almost one million individuals by 2008, with a collective wealth of over $200 billion.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2005

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