Day 1 - Wednesday 18th September 2019
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Diversity is really lacking in the Hong Kong ETF space and according to a survey conducted by Brown Brothers Harriman, although a majority of Hong Kong investors plan to increase their ETF investments in the next 12 months, they would like to see more ETF products across different asset classes. 65% of them want to see more global fixed income products and 63% of them want to see more currency-hedged products, as there are only two such ETFs listed in Hong Kong. In this session our panel of speakers from Vanguard, Goldman Sachs and Lombard Ordier will examine:
- What are the current challenges in estimating the depth of the ETF market amongst institutional investors?
- What are the main reasons for the lack of ETF popularity among the local investors?
- How can investors use ETF as a tool to diversify their portfolios, manage volatility and lower transaction costs?
- The advantages and disadvantages of ETFs and the liquidity in ETFs - how to manage liquidity in the fixed income environment and what are the challenges?
- Matching your bond world to ETFs - Where should ETFs lie in the trading ecosystem and how can you bring these two worlds together for more diversified trading and execution options?
- Trading efficiencies in fixed income ETFs - How can you enhance trading efficiencies in fixed income ETFs? And what have been the recent innovations in the Asian ETF market?
- Evolution of fixed income ETFs - what does the future hold for fixed income ETFs and how is the market forecasted to evolve over the next 3 years?
Day 2 - Thursday, September 19th 2019
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
With the recent green bond taxonomy labelling, US$5 billion worth of green bonds being issued and the launch of the 3 year green bond grant scheme in Sep 2018, how will this unveil a long-term stable return for investors? Our speakers here will examine:
- The rise of an asset class - What is
- Asia’s role in the drive to green and sustainable capital markets?
- What are the main reasons for SEA’s luke warm reception to green bonds?
- Much of the growth in Asian green bond issuance is in China - What can the finance industry do to boost green investments in developing nations in SEA?
- How can portfolio managers include ESG in the decision making, how they can achieve this and what kind of standards can they follow?
- The growing importance around these ESG investments both from the supplier and the demand side -How open are issuers to issue green bonds?
- What is the level of compliance costs that goes along with this and how are issuers getting compensated for the costs associated with reporting?
- What initiatives can IFC take to further increase the number of investors for banks in developing countries that issue green bonds?