Day 1 - Wednesday 18th September 2019
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
The financial crisis that affected Asia in the 1990s scarred both the region and its governments, prompting politicians and policymakers to learn from their mistakes. With structural reforms, tighter regulations and improved capital requirements, their efforts have paid off, and it is becoming abundantly clear that Asia’s economy looks very different than it did just 20 years ago. This is having a profoundly positive impact on the outlook for Asian fixed income.
Patrick Leung is head of Fixed Income and FX trading for APAC within BlackRock’s Trading and Liquidity Strategies Group overseeing fixed income and FX trading activity in the region. Mr. Leung's service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Alexandre Bouchardy is Head of Fixed Income Asia and Head of Asset Management Singapore. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Investment Group. Alexandre joined Credit Suisse Asset Management in 2002 as a Global Fixed Income Portfolio Manager for institutional clients. From 2005 to 2012, he was responsible for inflation-linked solutions and won several Lipper Fund Awards in various European countries. In this interview both Patrick and Alex will share their views on:
- What's fuelling the growing appetite for Asian bonds and how are investors viewing fixed income?
- How much wealth is being created in this space and where is it being invested?
- How are Asian bonds offering the potential to improve returns and reduce risk?
- China’s “One Belt, One Road” programme – How is this promoting the regional development of infrastructure?
- Asian currencies appear undervalued – Will this promote more investors to pursue undervalued opportunities in regions with better fiscal fundamentals?
- As corporate bonds become increasingly expensive, are investors considering reducing credit risk? And what asset classes should investors focus on?
Market participation in Bond Connect has been growing steadily, with average daily volumes reaching RMB6.55 billion in June 2018, more than double the daily average volumes in the first quarter of the year. And with recent announcement of the exemption of income tax and the full implementation of delivery-versus-payment for settlement, how has bond connect contributed to the increase in the number of approved overseas institutional investors? In this panel, our expert speakers will address:
- What is required of the RMB to support the growth in international investment, including via Bond Connect?
- Bloomberg Barclays index inclusion - What will the new index inclusions mean for the Chinese bond market and will it promote greater participation and awareness and lead to further demand for more investment products?
- With multiple bond market access schemes now available, how can foreign investors navigate them?
- QFII and RQFII trading volumes are quite small - How much of this volume has gone to the Connect schemes?
- Have improvements to access schemes affected the listing arbitrage opportunities that used to exist?
- Bond Connects full Implementation of RDVP - How has this attracted more foreign investors to seek investment opportunities in China’s interbank bond market?
In Asia, a region where fragmentation reigns — with a salad of disparate rules, fiscal priorities and benchmarks, plus differing levels of electronic-trading adoption and market maturity — the development of best execution is being driven by more than just compliance considerations. Here we look at the different ways that transaction-cost analysis (TCA), a key component of ensuring best execution, is being applied to help cut costs, retain clients, and streamline workflows across Asia.
- Harvesting data - How can you best collect, store and package data in a way that it is easily accessible for your traders?
- Pre-trade market data, post trade data and public data- How can you bring this all together to make more informed trading decisions?
- Audit trails - What data do you need to ensure you are meeting and proving your best execution requirements to regulators?
- Intelligent execution- How can you utilise new data sources and electronic trading data to decide your best execution path?