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Asset Managers exceed investor expectations on risk/return and ESG, says PwC

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Asset managers were able to exceed investors' expectations, both retail and institutional, on the crucial dimensions of risk/return and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). These were also among the top three most important dimensions for investors globally, said PwC.

Managers just about exceeded expectations when it came to relationships, however, retail investors noted that managers need to do more for them in this respect. Technology can help with some, but not all, of the solution here.

Investor Alignment Index, which is developed by PwC with responses from 750 institutional investors and 10,000 retail investors around the world, showed that alignment on fees is especially low on the retail side, whereas, on the institutional investors side, the greatest misalignment is on operations where investors are concerned about the strength of certain asset managers when it comes to technology, reporting and risk management.

In the Asia Pacific, the overall alignment was lowest in the macroeconomic and political environment, fees and followed by operational strength, although Asian retail investors and institutional investor misalignment were also greatest on fees and operational strength respectively.

Many investors want ESG to be integrated into funds because they believe it can generate superior financial performance by mitigating reputational, operational and financial risks.

PwC believes that overall ESG mutual fund a......................

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