Total issuance in 1Q’15 came in at USD 49.0 billion (bn) as of March 31, up 2.3% quarter-over-quarter (qoq) from 4Q’14 (USD 47.9bn) and up 22.7% year-over-year (yoy), inclusive of high grade (HG… more
Using an online incentivized discrete choice experiment, we study how well individuals judge financial advice and whether factors other than advice quality influence their evaluations. We find evidence… more
Following the success of the previous MPF Employee Choice Arrangement event in late 2012, Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association (HKRSA) organised a seminar for members with a particular focus… more
Regulators in China yesterday unveiled a pilot scheme that will allow cross-border stock investments between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Following on from the recent spate of market-oriented reform, the scheme… more
The European equity market demonstrated its resilience in February, notching up gains despite the distractions of a change of prime minister in Italy, turmoil in Ukraine, and a largely underwhelming earnings… more
Some of the key highlights in this report include: 1) The development of other offshore CNH centers besides Hong Kong 2) A separate section on developments in the domestic onshore CNY market (including the issuance of the first ever Panda bond by an offshore corporate) 3) Reasons behind the relative outperformance of credit as an asset class, relative to equities and other asset classes in Q1 2014 more
Financial advisors are outspoken, excited and challenged at the prospect of increasingly working with women as clients. And it’s no wonder. Women, who now represent $8 trillion and 51% of the private… more
Family Structures have changed profoundly in most developed countries in recent decades. Declining fertility and marriage rates and increasing divorce rates, together with longer life expectanies, make… more
Development of an Asia Region Funds Passport (Passport) has progressed to the next stage of implementation, with a wide-ranging consultation paper released on 16 April 2014 for public comment. Comment is sought on five key themes: 1 eligibility; 2 licensing; 3 operation; 4 dealing with investors; and 5 regulatory supervision more
What is the “benefit” of diversification? It is certainly not an improvement in returns: if you think that the average stock will return 10% this year, you probably wouldn't expect a return much better… more
This paper considers the lifetime asset allocation problem with both idiosyncratic and systematic longevity risks, in which the stochastic mortality model is given by a general diffusion process. A wage… more
The objective of this report is to present a perspective on the impact REITs have on Asian economies. It includes how REITs have become a valuable option for long-term institutional and individual investors… more
Schroders Global Investment Trends Report 2014 reveals nearly 90% of Hong Kong investors are ready for equities, the highest in the world.Investors name longer-term financial stability as top investment… more
Special Topics: • EM markets portfolio flows: changing underlying forces. • The EM Middle-Class revolution will accelerate. • Are EAGLEs & Nest ready for income transition. • EM credit deepening… more
he reaction of EU bond and equity market volatilities to sovereign rating announcements (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch) is investigated using a panel of daily stock market and sovereign bond… more
In less-efficient market segments, such as small cap and emerging markets, where mispricing of securities tends to be widest, actively managed strategies and fundamentally weighted index strategies can… more
While the global economy is gradually mending, returns will still be constrained and volatile relative to the long term bull market that got underway in the 1980s.As a result asset allocation will remain… more
The benefits of incorporating international equities and other asset classes into the portfolio construction process have been widely cited in investment research and, over time, have been commonly adopted… more
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