FT Asset Management Summit 2014

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 Now in its third year, this summit has become a highlight on Hong Kong's financial services calendar

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Hong Kong

Overview: Finding Effective Solutions in Fast-Moving Markets

With growth slowing in China and other emerging markets, Japan reflating and global markets positioning themselves for tighter US monetary policy, and India gearing up for a sustainable boost in economic activity, Asia’s institutional investors continue to face an uncertain financial landscape, aggravated by ongoing regulatory changes. Asset managers serving Asia’s pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, life insurance companies, endowments and other large institutions are being asked to come up with new ideas to ensure higher and more stable returns in a persistently volatile environment. 

Alternative investments are becoming increasingly popular as portfolios become more diversified, while innovative index-based offerings may still have much to offer amid volatile equity markets and interest rate uncertainty. Property, infrastructure and other direct investments are also drawing large amounts of capital. What are the most appropriate investment strategies for 
Asia’s institutions? Which asset classes, sectors and regions offer the best prospects? Are developed markets becoming more attractive as Japan and the US economies recover, or will emerging markets continue to have more long-term potential?

There is also increasing demand for mutual funds in 
Asia, with asset managers expanding their offerings to intermediaries looking for packaged, multi-class solutions that tap fast-growing retail markets, now boosted by the prospect of fund passporting in several key regions. China is one of those regions and continues to make dramatic moves to liberalise its investment industry. What new opportunities do these changes bring in increasingly competitive markets?

Financial Times and its partners FTfm, Ignites Asia and MandateWire will gather CEOs and CIOs from top asset management companies, key institutional investors, private equity leaders, intermediaries, regulators and economists to explore and debate these issues at the third annual FT Asset Management Summit, the leading gathering of the organisations that own and manage Asia’s capital.

Speakers Include:

Liu Mingkang
Former Chairman
China Banking Regulatory Commission
Thomas Barrack
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Colony Capital

KC Chan
Secretary for Financial Service and the Treasury

Michael Pettis
Professor of Finance
Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

Lei Zhang
Chairman and CEO
Hillhouse Capital Management

Jeff Schutes
Senior Partner, Investment Business Leader, Growth Markets
Mercer Investments