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ESG and index rebalancing opportunities in Asia

9 May 2019 - London

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?

Date: 9 May 2019
Time: 3:30pm to 6:00pm


Asset Events Speaker
Welcome remarks
Exclusive roundtable
  • What will index rebalancing mean for European investors?
  • What challenges will foreign investors face as they reallocate to China?
  • How will the index adjustment impact China’s onshore investor base?
  • How is the current Indian geopolitical landscape impacting foreign investments?
  • What opportunities are available to global investors in the Indian market?
  • How does increased adoption of ESG in Asia impact European investors?
  • What are the challenges faced by European investors in Asia’s ESG markets?
  • How will recent developments in ESG rating and verification impact the market?
  • Neil Dwane
    Neil Dwane
    global strategist
    Allianz Global Investors
    Anand Rengarajan
    Anand Rengarajan
    head of securities services, Asia Pacific
    Deutsche Bank
    Hendrik Von Ripperda-Cosyn
    Hendrik Von Ripperda-Cosyn
    country head and managing director, European business,
    Value Partners (UK)
    Daniel Yu
    Daniel Yu
    The Asset
    Networking and cocktails

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