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FSA’s top 20 articles for 2019

We present Fund Selector Asia's most read articles of the year.
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1) Bold expansion plans for HK family office (31 Jan 2019)

Raffles Family Office expects to grow AUM to $10bn and double headcount to 100 in the next two years.

2) HSBC GAM rolls out fixed maturity fund (11 Jun 2019)

The 2.5 year fixed-term bond fund aims for a 3.5%-4% yield and will be marketed to retail investors in Hong Kong and Singapore.

3) Pictet WM shakes up Asia senior management (19 Aug 2019)

Tee Fong-Seng has been poached from EFG to take over as CEO of PWM in Asia, as the Geneva-based firm also lures 19 bankers from rival CS.

4) Eastspring culls C-suite management team (24 Jan 2019)

Eastspring Investments chief executive officer Guy Strapp will leave the Singapore-based firm along with chief financial officer Ted Pull and chief operating officer Phil Stockwell.

5) Complex H2O funds put under spotlight (24 Jun 2019) 

H2O Asset Management’s stable of bond funds have posted stellar returns, but now they are under scrutiny as Morningstar places Allegro’s rating under review.

6) Singapore family offices warm to private equity (28 Jan 2019)

Investments with low correlation to traditional assets are becoming popular as volatility returns.

7) China to relax onshore fund rules (20 Jun 2019)

Separately, a UK-China MRF programme is in the pipeline and more UK firms are expected to set up WFOEs in China.

8) UBS makes new senior promotions in Asia (27 Mar 2019)

Marina Lui and Raymond Ang are among the beneficiaries of organisational changes at the Switzerland-based wealth manager.

9) How fund managers get an edge in Taiwan (14 Mar 2019)

Some foreign managers have exited Taiwan’s growing fund market, but others have found ways to compete.

10) Noah rolls out firm to seed mainland managers (3 Jul 2019)

Gopher Redwoods Asset Management has already invested in five domestic asset managers, and management believes they can become global players.

11) Blackrock’s China equities head departs (8 Aug 2019)

Morningstar ends coverage of the flagship BGF China fund following Helen Zhu’s exit, citing concerns about investment process and a lack of confidence in the management of the fund.

12) Raffles Family Office makes key hire (4 Mar 2019)

The firm pulled an executive from BNPP Wealth for the MD role and hopes to double headcount to 100 in two years.

13) As ESG products grow, greenwashing follows (24 Apr 2019)

Sustainable funds are multiplying, and Morningstar warns that some managers are only posing as ESG investors.

14) SSGA takes aim at ESG data issues (21 May 2019)

The firm’s new tool aims to refine the plethora of often conflicting ESG data to provide more accurate assessments and improve company engagement.

15) Will unified QFII/RQFII help onshore funds? (4 Feb 2019)

China has proposed combining the two quota schemes, which could help foreign managers with private fund management licences seed their own funds.

16) Taiwan regulatory boost to bond ETF market (18 Apr 2019)

Restrictions on overseas investments by Taiwanese insurers has led to the rapid growth of the local bond ETF market.

17) Fullerton preps multi-asset products (22 Mar 2019)

Data suggests rising investor sentiment for multi-asset products in Asia.

18) Invesco raises $300m for FMP in Hong Kong (20 Aug 2019)

The firm has launched a second version of the fixed maturity product (FMP) it debuted in July.

19) DBS selects Allfunds platform (28 Oct 2019)

The Singapore bank has chosen the Allfunds B2B platform to access third-party mutual funds.

20) ASI preps its first FMP in Singapore (26 Aug 2019)

Other managers that have launched FMPs in the Lion City this year include Aviva Investors, Credit Suisse, Legg Mason and Schroders.

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