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Asian institutional investors eye broader focus on alternatives, target 'specialist investment strategies', hedge funds

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Asian institutions are diversifying portfolios and seeking new sources of yield by shifting assets to more narrowly focused investment strategies, according to a new report by Greenwich Associates entitled, Specialized Strategies Drive Demand for External Managers.

The report also announced the four firms in the Greenwich Associates 2016 Leaders in Asian Institutional Investment Management Service Quality, including BlackRock, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and Wellington Management. The four firms are being credited for helping institutions achieve these goals by providing both high-level advice and the specialized investment products needed to implement these strategies.

As they implement these new approaches, institutions in Asia—like those in the rest of the world—are looking for external advice and assistance. "All four 2016 Greenwich Quality Leaders boast both high-level advisory capabilities and credibility as providers of specialist strategies," said Greenwich Associates managing director Markus Ohlig.

Ohlig added that as recently as 2009, Asian institutions had 40% of total assets invested in domestic bonds. Institutions have made a concerted effort since then to add a diversified mix to their portfolios. Today many are moving past globa......................

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