Asia, the world’s economic growth driver, is fast evolving. Increased protectionism, geopolitical uncertainties and a potential global economic slowdown threaten the growth of Asian economies.
China plays a major role in the Asia’s development. The inclusion of Chinese bonds and the expansion of A-shares weighting in global benchmark indices are a welcome development and reflects China’s commitment to improve global investor access to its capital markets.
India, underpinned by government reforms, has become the world’s fastest–growing economy. Recent foreign investor portfolio (FPI) rules make the country more appealing to foreign investors. Current geopolitical tensions, however, might dampen foreign investor appetite even as investors bet on the current regime staying in power.
ESG investing is also growing in Asia. China and India lead the way in pushing for ESG adoption in finance and investment. Asian investors are increasingly looking to boost ESG investments as they realize that financial returns can be made alongside ESG. As a result, ESG focused funds are gaining ground in the region.
Meanwhile, European investors continue to look to Asia for growth and Asian assets increasingly occupy a bigger share in European portfolios. Amidst Asia’s evolving landscape, how can Europe capitalize on the Asian opportunity?