Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
New research from State Street reveals that the top priority for fund managers is expansion into new markets in Asia Pacific. However, the survey finds that the industry is grappling with the region’s highly fragmented markets. The report, entitled "Navigating For Growth," reveals that fragmented markets are creating complexity for regulatory compliance, product innovation and efficient scaling of operations.
State Street, in partnership with Longitude Research, surveyed 200 asset management industry executives across the Asia Pacific region to explore the key issues in the fund management industry’s evolution. The majority of participants were senior executives based in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and China. In terms of activities, 46% worked for domestic asset management companies based in the region, 36% for major international businesses headquartered in the region and 19% for international businesses from outside the region.
Expansion into new markets was on the list for 42% of respondents, while 28% put this top of their list of actions. The report says that faced with low returns and a limited market size at home, asset managers are looking......................
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