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Asian fund managers see increase in regulations, adopt wait-and-see approach

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

A big number of asset managers in Asia see an increase in regulations in the region but said that adopting a wait-and-see approach might offer opportunities, according to a survey done by https://www.rbcits.com/ RBC Investor & Treasury Services at this year’s FundForum Asia.

In a statement, RBC said that 65% of those polled believed they have to wait how the first movers would fare, given the expected sharp changes in the regulatory environment and the lack of coordinating supervisory bodies in Asia that is seen to also increase the complexity of the new rules. Just 29% of those polled thought leading out of the gate was the right move.

"This poll suggests that against a backdrop of regulatory change and reform there is an underlying conservatism among asset managers in Asia, combined with an appreciation of the importance of prioritization," said Andrew Gordon, managing director, Asia, RBC. He added, "Asset managers need to determine where the level of client demand, credible investment solutions and the ever-changing regulatory environment intersect to find the sweet spot for product development and distribution."

The survey also found that the hesitancy around entering into regulatory-linked initiatives may well be due to the fact that the vast majority of actors in the indus......................

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