Morningstar boosts focus on Asian ETF markets

According to a statement, the ETF research reports outline the best uses of the investment vehicle in an investor’s portfolio, depending on an investor’s income needs, focus of the portfolio, and investment outlook.


South Africa poised to launch debut Islamic bond

Thuto Shomang and Monale Ratsoma of the South African Treasury's government borrowing department told Reuters that South Africa was leaning towards a dollar-denominated, five-year sukuk, using an ijara structure.


Building a brave Asian future - a profile of Hong Kong

A market trading ‘can-do’ mentality has been driving the economy to new heights, but it is very dependent on the property market and prices remain high despite recent efforts from the government to cool the market.


Manulife expands ASEAN reach with Cambodia office

Once a company that drew the lion's share of its profit from Canada and the United States, Toronto-based Manulife earned 34 percent of its core profit from its Asian division in 2011.


Asian hedge funds lose appetite for short selling

They have, it seems, lost their appetite. Analysts tracking the sector say that last year’s losses and current market volatility are presenting Asian hedge funds with a stark choice: shut down, cut fees or convert to long-only, reported Reuters.


Winemakers uncork booming Chinese market

Having overtaken the United Kingdom to be the fifth largest market in 2011, the country will become the largest wine consumer over the next 20 years if the growth rates remain unchanged, it said.


Singapore asset manager gears up for China liberalisation

Whilst companies have started to issue RMB-denominated bonds outside of China (known as Dim-Sum bonds), the RMB-denominated onshore and offshore fixed income market is considered by many investors as illiquid and with much currency risk.


Mercer acquires Sovereign

Sovereign's asset consulting clients for alternatives include Sunsuper, Vision Super, Westpac Staff Super and Perpetual, with funds under advice estimated at around $5bn, noting that Sovereign advises on alternatives and not the whole fund, according


AMP to acquire Cavendish

AMP Limited is to acquire Australia's largest SMSF administrator Cavendish Group as part of plans to establish an SMSF dedicated business unit under Paul Sainsbury.