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Singapore in Focus 2021

Singapore in Focus 2021

Singapore continues to make significant efforts to further promote the appeal of the Lion City to hedge funds, private equity and other alternative investment managers, and it seems that its strategy is working. Last year’s unveiling of the Variable Capital Companies (VCC) Act has widely been seen in the investment industry as a game-changer, while Singapore’s financial regulator, MAS, recently announced a new partnership between it and the private sector to burnish Singapore’s reputation as a leading full-service asset management and fund domiciliation hub.

This report delves into the impact of these measures on Singapore’s burgeoning reputation as the financial hub for Asia, shining a light on its role in creating a sustainable ecosystem, the growth of its secondaries market, and its position as an asset management and fund domiciliation hub.


Emerging Market Debt in Focus 2021

This report identifies the opportunity in the emerging market debt space, stressing the importance of taking a discerning view. It also outlines the growing need for greater coherence in terms of liquidity, in the face of increased electronic trading.

Insurance-linked Securities in Focus 2021

Insurance-linked Securities in Focus 2021

Despite experiencing heavy losses since 2017, insurance-linked securities (ILS), especially catastrophe (cat) bonds, proved resilient through the Covid-19 pandemic, with large institutional investors throwing their weight behind the sector.

This report details the investor appetite for ILS and how the asset class can support the growth of ESG investing. Although cat bonds have taken up most room, interest is moving beyond this sub-group and investors are building more diversified ILS portfolios. The report also outlines the need for proprietary analysis to actively manage ILS successfully. An understanding of risk is also critical as ILS managers need to make sure their investors know what to expect from this allocation.

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Service Provider Insights 2021

The past year has seen the institutional asset management industry embrace change at lightning speed, with investors going digital overnight and sustainability being pushed to the top of asset managers’ agenda. This report, featuring some of the winners in the service provider categories at the Institutional Asset Manager Awards 2021, details the ways asset managers adapted to the changing environment, and how their service provider partners supported this transition.


Florida Fund Services in Focus 2021

This report outlines the benefits of moving to Florida, covering the regulatory and tax implications as well as other lifestyle advantages. The state has been very supportive of innovation and is fast building a thriving community in the finance and tech sectors.

Hong Kong Fund Services 2021

Hong Kong Fund Services in Focus 2021

Hong Kong has implemented a number of regulatory and legislative changes to support its growth as a financial hub in Asia. The introduction of the Limited Partnership Fund (LPF) regime, amendments to the existing Open-Ended Fund Company (OFC) regime and reforms to change the tax treatment of carried interest are the most lauded changes being ushered in.

This report outlines the trajectory the jurisdiction is expected to follow in achieving its objectives. As travel restrictions begin to lift, business from Chinese managers is anticipated to increase. Further, in view of investors’ continued appetite for alternative assets, Hong Kong can offer managers the opportunity to tap into Asian assets and investors. The report also discusses how managers are broadening their fund portfolio and planning to launch several funds from a single umbrella structures, with Hong Kong playing a central role.

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