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  • Capital market performance during the five years of Narendra Modi’s government

    Source: Ved Malla
    Date Submitted: 12 Jun 2019
    Views: 10
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    Over the past five years, India's government made several policy decisions that have had a major impact on the country's economy. But even after disruptive reforms such as demonetization, economic growth appears back on track. 
  • Bangladesh: A land of growth and opportunity

    Source: EBLSL Research Team
    Date Submitted: 11 Jun 2019
    Views: 37
    Downloads: 6
    EBL Securities' report on the economy of Bangladesh highlights the country's continuing growth, strong demographics, sustainable development and opportunities for investors. 
     
  • S&P China 500: Capturing the complete China story

    Source: Liyu Zeng, Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 10 Jun 2019
    Views: 40
    Downloads: 6
    The S&P China 500 captures a more complete picture of the Chinese economy than other segmented China equity indices. This paper reviews the index's construction, characteristics, and historical performance.
  • Predicting prepayment risk of China’s RMBS

    Source: Ke Chen, Ph.D., Shiyu Wang, Ph.D.
    Date Submitted: 10 Jun 2019
    Views: 49
    Downloads: 1
    A new semi-parametric prepayment prediction model of China's residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) incorporates the country's market and mortgage characteristics. Many factors have highly non-linear effects on the prepayment rates.
  • The fourth industrial revolution: Are we ready?

    Source: John van Moyland
    Date Submitted: 11 Jun 2019
    Views: 32
    Downloads: 0
    The Spring 2019 edition of SPDJI's Indexology magazine focuses on the fourth industrial revolution - the next industrial era when the characteristics of man and machine begin to merge and human capabilities are enhanced.
  • VIDEO: Examining the effectiveness of six risk factors in China

    Source: Bayani Cruz, Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 10 Jun 2019
    Views: 22
    Downloads: 0
    What’s behind China’s growing interest in smart beta strategies? The Asset’s Bayani Cruz joins S&P DJI’s Priscilla Luk to discuss how and when factor strategies work in China’s equity market. (Video: 4 min.)
  • Commodities markets and the state of the global economy

    Source: Fiona Boal
    Date Submitted: 10 Jun 2019
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    A strong start to the year for global equity and commodities markets suggests a strong macroeconomic backdrop and a high risk appetite among investors. However, the situation is much more nuanced.
  • VIDEO: How can flex options mitigate risk?

    Source: Raghu Ramachandran, Bill O’Keefe
    Date Submitted: 04 Jun 2019
    Views: 10
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    How can insurers use flex options to hedge annuity risk? S&P DJI’s Raghu Ramachandran and XFA’s Bill O’Keefe discuss the index-based toolkit for insurers.
  • VIDEO: A closer look at S&P 500 ESG Index

    Source: Mona Naqvi
    Date Submitted: 03 Jun 2019
    Views: 29
    Downloads: 0
    Explore a new path to core with S&P DJI’s Mona Naqvi and discover how the design and data behind the new S&P ESG Indices can help investors fulfill ESG objectives and values, without compromising investment objectives. (Video: 6 min.)
  • Understanding the S&P Managed Risk 2.0 Indices

    Source: Joe Becker, Tianyin Cheng, Vinit Srivastava
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 409
    Downloads: 8
    The S&P Managed Risk Indices provide a way for investors to gain exposure to a particular equity market while controlling the level of risk using a two-step risk management overlay.
  • Excelpoint builds on nexus role in electronics distribution

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 04 Jun 2019
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    SGX-listed Excelpoint is a business-to-business platform that provides components, engineering and supply chain management services to electronics manufacturers in Asia Pacific.
     
  • China Jinjiang Environment tackles growing garbage crisis

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 03 Jun 2019
    Views: 10
    Downloads: 1
    SGX-listed Jinjiang Environment is the first private waste-to-energy operator in the People's Republic of China, with the largest waste treatment capacity in operation. It operates 20 WTE facilities with the total capacity of 28,280 tonnes/day. 
  • China Market Strategy: The price of the trade war

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 404
    Downloads: 12
    The market appears to have priced in the base case of the trade war, but the probability of the risk scenario is rising, skewing the expected payoff lower. We continue to hope for the best, while preparing for the worst.
  • 中国市场策略 - 2019下半年展望:贸易摩擦的代价

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 6
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 29 May 2019.

    市场价格似乎已经计入了贸易摩擦的基准情景,但风险情景的可能性正在上升,导致预期收益降低。由于近期市场将继续被新闻标题左右,多空都难以下注。市场受困于一个交易区间。我们继续抱着最好的期望,做最坏的打算。
  • MindChamps spurs education revolution for tomorrow's world

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 03 Jun 2019
    Views: 26
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    MindChamps PreSchool holds the top position in the premium range preschools market in Singapore, with a market share of 38.5%. It also runs premium preschools and enrichment centres in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Philippines.
  • China Everbright Water taps buoyant industry prospects

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 03 Jun 2019
    Views: 14
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    SGX-listed Everbright Water is an environmental protection company focusing on water environment management. Its direct controlling shareholder is HKEx-listed China Everbright International Ltd. 

     
  • China Sunsine Chemical rides steady tyre demand

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 32
    Downloads: 3
    China Sunsine is a key player in the natural rubber industry supply chain. The specialty chemicals company is the world's largest producer of rubber accelerators used in production of tyres. With 20% market share, it is China's biggest producer of insoluble sulphur.
     
  • SLB Development builds on property market upswing

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 28
    Downloads: 1
    SLB develops and sells residential, mixed-use, industrial and commercial properties, mostly in Singapore. Its portfolio includes five residential and mixed-use developments and three industrial properties.
  • VIDEO: Accessing green real estate with indices

    Source: Michael Orzano, Dan Winters
    Date Submitted: 29 May 2019
    Views: 291
    Downloads: 0
    Explore how a new measure of Green REITs is bringing transparency to ESG in the Real Estate sector with S&P DJI’s Michael Orzano and GRESB’s Dan Winters. (Video: 9 min)
  • Sabana REIT: Strategies to reshape the future

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 27 May 2019
    Views: 29
    Downloads: 2
    SGX-listed Sabana Shari'ah Compliant Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) has a market capitalisation of S$430 million. Its property portfolio comprises 18 assets in strategic locations across Singapore.
  • Market volatility: When defense can be the best offense  

    Source: Catherine Yoshimoto, director, product management, FTSE Russell
    Date Submitted: 27 May 2019
    Views: 47
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    As market turbulence increases due to geopolitical and trade war concerns, investors look to low-volatility indices for protection. How do such defensive strategies stack up against broad market indices?
  • TalkingPoints: Introducing the S&P Global SmallCap Select Index Series

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 27 May 2019
    Views: 36
    Downloads: 0
    S&P Dow Jones Indices' new series of small cap indices aims to improve risk-adjusted returns in global small caps by excluding companies without a track record of positive earnings.
  • Passive investing is a good place to start for Indian investors

    Source: Koel Ghosh,
    Date Submitted: 23 May 2019
    Views: 60
    Downloads: 0
    Passive investment by individual Indian investors was negligible a few years back, but now constitutes over USD 12 billion. Their performance is a compelling reason to consider passive investing as the first preference in an investment strategy.
  • VIDEO: Does patience pay?

    Source: Nili Gilbert, Michael Mell
    Date Submitted: 22 May 2019
    Views: 529
    Downloads: 0
    Explore a custom index solution designed to unlock the patience premium with S&P DJI’s Michael Mell and Matarin Capital Management’s Nili Gilbert. (Video: 8 min.)
  • US-China standoff catches US economy at low ebb  

    Source: Philip Lawlor, managing director, head of global markets research
    Date Submitted: 22 May 2019
    Views: 45
    Downloads: 0
    The pickup in headline first-quarter US GDP growth sent out false signals about the underlying health of the US economy, says Philip Lawlor, head of global markets research at FTSE Russell.
  • SGX 10 in 10: Koufu Group brings good feasting overseas

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 May 2019
    Views: 25
    Downloads: 1
    Established in 2002, Koufu is one of Singapore’s most established and largest operators and managers of food courts and coffee shops, with a presence in Macau. 
  • The S&P 500® ESG Index: Integrating values into the core

    Source: Reid Steadman, Daniel Perrone
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2019
    Views: 68
    Downloads: 5
    The S&P 500 ESG Index is designed for investors wishing to integrate ESG factors into their core investments, while not straying far from the overall profile of the S&P 500.
  • Changes to the S&P BSE SENSEX

    Source: Mahavir Kaswa
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2019
    Views: 46
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    The methodology of the S&P BSE SENSEX has seen many changes over the last 30 years. In October 2018, it was again modified after an extensive market consultation.
  • Is the low volatility-anomaly universal?

    Source: Fei Mei Chan, Craig J. Lazzara
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2019
    Views: 5605
    Downloads: 16
    The low-volatility anomaly challenges the conventional wisdom about risk and return. Low-volatility stocks, by definition, exhibit lower risk, but they have also outperformed their benchmarks over time around the globe.
  • S&P Shariah Indices Scorecard - Q1 2019

    Source: John Welling, Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2019
    Views: 42
    Downloads: 1
    S&P Dow Jones presents a quarterly update on Shariah and Islamic Market Indices as of 29 March 2019.
  • SGX pharma stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2019
    Views: 44
    Downloads: 2
    SGX lists eight pharmaceutical stocks, all of which are constituents of the iEdge SG All Healthcare Index. Typically viewed as a defensive segment, the healthcare sector is poised for multi-year growth. 
  • China Market Strategy: War and Peace

    Source: Hao Hong, CFA
    Date Submitted: 14 May 2019
    Views: 3842
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    The escalating trade conflict between China and the US is a high-stakes game that has the potential to change the trajectory of economic cycle and reshape the world order.
  • 中国市场策略 - “战争”与和平

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 13 May 2019
    Views: 16
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 14 May 2019.

    特朗普的博弈边缘策略理论上反而更有可能促成协议。我们对协议仍然保持乐观,但短期风险资产技术图形很熊。从短期风险控制来看,我们也不得不做好两手准备。
  • Green bond pricing in the primary market H2 2018

    Source: Caroline Harrison
    Date Submitted: 09 May 2019
    Views: 847
    Downloads: 14
    The 7th edition of the report features a special EM section looking at China and guest commentary by Jason Mortimer of Nomura Investment Management in Tokyo, discussing the concepts around ‘greenium.’
  • ARA US Hospitality Trust

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2019
    Views: 39
    Downloads: 1
    ARA US Hospitality Trust, SGX’s first pure-play US upscale, select-service hospitality trust, made its debut on the SGX Mainboard today. The trust holds an initial portfolio of 38 hotels located across 21 states in the US.
     
  • SGX 10 in 10: Sunpower Group Limited – Going Full Steam

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2019
    Views: 45
    Downloads: 1
    Sunpower Group, an environmental protection solutions specialist in China, stakes its future on smog-free centralised steam and electricity plants that are used to replace inefficient coal-fired plants in industrial parks.
     
  • Singapore Equities – Monthly Digest April 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 14 May 2019
    Views: 39
    Downloads: 3
    STI peaked at 3,400 and was April’s top performing benchmark globally, fuelled by Singapore banks. Top performing sectors in April were banks, utilities and communication services, while IT and health care declined.
  • How to stop worrying about inflation

    Source: David Blitzer
    Date Submitted: 24 May 2019
    Views: 758
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    Inflation in the US averaged 1.5% annually for the last five years with a peak of 2.9%. Despite today’s low and stable inflation numbers, anxiety that the price level will leap up is driving a search for the reasons it seems low.
  • 中国市场策略 - 策略的沉思

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 20 May 2019
    Views: 35
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 6 May 2019.

    假如风险越高,回报越大,那么为什么,这世界上每一个人不都承担选择最高的风险,去敛尽这世上所有的财富?为什么,这世界上贫富悬殊如此严重,而且日渐恶化?为什么,财富总量的曲线分布倾斜向右,而贫穷人数的分布倾斜向左 - 鲜有钟型正态分布的?难道这就是那所谓的左右倾的区别?简单地说:如果风险和回报的关系是显性而线性的,那么为什么,这世上许多人放弃了显而易见的致富机会?
  • The blooming of passive investing in India

    Source: Koel Ghosh
    Date Submitted: 09 May 2019
    Views: 76
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    While the debate of active versus passive is ongoing, the belief that both styles can be encompassed to achieve various investment objectives is changing the horizon in Indian financial markets. Passive investing is not only here to stay but to grow.
  • Can indices protect against market volatility?

    Source: Rupert Watts
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 691
    Downloads: 18
    S&P Dow Jones Indices has an array of indices specifically designed to help smooth out equity market drawdowns and improve risk-adjusted return.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
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  • Financial advisers’ view on the Australian ETF market

    Source: Stuart Magrath
    Date Submitted: 02 May 2019
    Views: 475
    Downloads: 0
    At the recent Australian Indexing & ETF Masterclass series held in Melbourne and Sydney the audience, most of whom were financial advisers, were asked a number of questions using a mobile-enabled polling tool. Here are their answers.
  • Singapore’s Consumer Stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 09 May 2019
    Views: 45
    Downloads: 2
    The 20 largest capitalised Consumer Staples stocks on SGX have a combined market cap of more than S$80 billion, and are well-diversified – both in terms of product range as well as geographical spread. 
  • SGX-listed best-performing IT stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 02 May 2019
    Views: 69
    Downloads: 2
    In 1Q19, information technology was the best-performing sector on SGX with a total return of 28.6%, after registering a total return of -16.3% in calendar year 2018. It was also among the top net buy sectors for the quarter.
  • SGX stocks with China exposure

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 02 May 2019
    Views: 69
    Downloads: 0
    Singapore’s 10 largest-capitalised stocks that report majority revenue to China have all gained in 2019 YTD, following China’s recent economic reports noting that China’s economy in 1Q19 has been steady with some positive changes.
  • SGX-listed industrials with ASEAN exposure

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 02 May 2019
    Views: 54
    Downloads: 1
    SGX lists more than 200 stocks in the industrials sector. The 20 largest capitalised Industrial plays on SGX that report more than half their group revenues to the ASEAN region have a combined market cap of more than S$150 billion.
     
  • SGX-listed property development companies

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 29 Apr 2019
    Views: 73
    Downloads: 2
    SGX-listed real estate developers (excluding REITs) was the third best-performing sector in March, with a total return of +2.7%. March was also the third straight month of positive returns for the sector.
     
  • Gold grabs the spotlight

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 25 Apr 2019
    Views: 449
    Downloads: 4
    The World Gold Council said in January that increased market uncertainty, expansion of protectionist policies, and the Fed's more neutral monetary policy stance will make gold increasingly attractive to investors.
  • Sector Primer Series: Information Technology

    Source: Louis Bellucci, Jodie Gunzberg
    Date Submitted: 25 Apr 2019
    Views: 620
    Downloads: 24
    The information technology sector comprises companies primarily engaged in software and services, technology hardware and equipment, and semiconductors and semiconductor equipment. It is the largest of the 11 GICS sectors in the US market.
  • Do Indian equity mutual funds generate alpha?

    Source: Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 24 Apr 2019
    Views: 101
    Downloads: 0
    This analysis seeks to establish whether actively managed India funds are able to generate higher risk-adjusted returns than their corresponding benchmarks over long-term investment horizons.
  • Are you ready for China A-share inclusion?

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 17 Apr 2019
    Views: 52
    Downloads: 0
    S&P Dow Jones Indices will be starting the process of adding China A-shares to S&P DJI global benchmarks in September 2019 at a partial inclusion factor of 25%. Only shares available to foreign investors via Stock Connect schemes will be included.
  • 中国市场策略 - 经济周期确认了一个重要的拐点

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 127
    Downloads: 0
    交银国际董事总经理研究部负责人洪灏,CFA 认为,不应再怀疑中国重振经济的决心。周期已回暖,但周期性板块尚未完全参与本轮行情。这是一个被忽略的要点。市场这种对复苏将信将疑的情绪预示着后市还有高点。基本面改善和股市表现将正反馈。 ​​​

    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 14 April 2019.

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  • China Market Strategy: Cyclical inflection point is confirmed

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 660
    Downloads: 31
    Epic money and credit growth suggests the resolve of China's central bank to reflate the economy. Recent data confirm a cyclical upturn, but cyclicals have not participated in the revival and should soon outperform. 

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
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  • Using the S&P/JPX Dividend Aristocrats® to invest in Japanese dividend growers

    Source: Izzy Wang
    Date Submitted: 16 Apr 2019
    Views: 426
    Downloads: 0
    While some dividend-paying companies give out occasional and unsustainable dividends, dividend-growing companies provide steadily increasing dividend payouts every year. S&P Dow Jones calls such companies “dividend aristocrats.”
  • Key takeaways from 2019 Australian indexing and ETF masterclass

    Source: Stuart Magrath
    Date Submitted: 16 Apr 2019
    Views: 47
    Downloads: 0
    In early March over 265 financial advisers came together in Melbourne and Sydney for S&P Dow Jones Indices’ 9th Annual Indexing and ETF Masterclass. Here are the key takeaways. 
  • SGX small-cap stocks on the move

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 24 Apr 2019
    Views: 33
    Downloads: 5
    Over the first 12 weeks of 2019, key regional SGX small cap indices have outperformed large cap indices, a significant contrast to their less competitive performance between 2016 and 2018.  
  • SGX stocks set to gain from China’s Belt & Road Initiative

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 17 Apr 2019
    Views: 26
    Downloads: 0
    Singapore has significant roles to play in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) through its status as a financial hub for Southeast Asia. Several SGX-listed companies have cited BRI as a growth impetus in their latest annual reports. 
     
  • NetLink NBN Trust threads through digital Singapore

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 17 Apr 2019
    Views: 52
    Downloads: 1
    NetLink NBN Trust designs, builds, owns and operates the passive fibre network infrastructure of Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, which delivers ultra-high-speed internet access in Singapore and connected islands.
  • March 2019 buy-backs on SGX

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 Apr 2019
    Views: 45
    Downloads: 1
    In March 2019, 27 SGX primary-listed stocks repurchased as many as 50 million shares with a total consideration of S$54 million. This was up from S$32 million in Feb 2019 and down year-on-year from S$222 million in March 2018.
     
  • Fortress Minerals - Malaysian iron ore producer

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 Apr 2019
    Views: 25
    Downloads: 1
    Fortress Minerals is a producer of high grade mineral ore in Malaysia. Strong iron ore demand in China, coupled with growth policies such as the “One Belt One Road” initiative will continue to fuel iron ore demand. 
  • Pakistan Quarterly Trade Bulletin - December 2018

    Source: Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), USAID Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA)
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 474
    Downloads: 12
    Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and USAID Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA) present the national industrial policy issue of their quarterly trade bulletin. 

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
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  • Japan Foods engineers a thousand tastes of home

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 11 Apr 2019
    Views: 60
    Downloads: 3
    Established in Singapore in 1997 and listed on the Catalist Board in February 2009, Japan Foods is one of Singapore's leading Japanese restaurant chains. The group has expanded to Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and China.
  • Singapore’s largest ASEAN value stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 11 Apr 2019
    Views: 50
    Downloads: 1
    The FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index consists of 50 quality value stocks of ASEAN companies listed in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the Thailand. Ten of them are listed on SGX.
  • 中国市场策略 - 卖方研究员的自我修养

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 11 Apr 2019
    Views: 88
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 7 April 2019.

    这篇随笔酝酿了许久,但却难启笔。皆因每每看到有人写这个宏大的主题,一种莫名优越感时常溢于纸面。的确,卖方研究是一个很好的职业生涯。至少曾经如此。在这行里,如果能够脱颖而出,你将有机会成为自己时间的主人,相对自由地计划每天的工作。更勿论薪酬待遇、社会地位等。这些或都是现在金融、经济毕业生泛滥,年轻人前仆后继跑步入行的原因吧。然而,在义无反顾地投身于研究洪流的同时,卖方研究行业正经历着剧变。这行里,一切皆将归原 - 不论资历深浅。此将无佛处,谁人为尊?(以下,“研究”通指“卖方研究”,“卖方研究”同“券商研究”。)
  • SPIVA® India 2018 year-end scorecard

    Source: Akash Jain, Arpit Gupta
    Date Submitted: 09 Apr 2019
    Views: 97
    Downloads: 4
    The SPIVA India Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Indian mutual funds compared with their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year investment horizons.
  • Offshore supply vessel stocks listed on SGX

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 10 Apr 2019
    Views: 35
    Downloads: 2
    Singapore Exchange lists 35 offshore supply vessel (OSV) players. These companies provide support services to offshore drilling rigs, pipe laying and other oil-producing assets. As the crude oil prices rise, the stocks follow.
     
  • Interest in S-REITs picks up in 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 09 Apr 2019
    Views: 472
    Downloads: 15
    Analysts have noted revived investor interest in S-REITs since late last year, driven by a flight to safety amidst the uncertain outlook for US-China trade negotiations, the hunt for higher yields, and as global equity markets remained volatile. 
  • Cache Logistics Trust: Balancing risks, pursuing growth

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 09 Apr 2019
    Views: 51
    Downloads: 1
    Listed on Singapore Exchange since 2010, Cache Logistics Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in quality income-producing industrial real estate used for logistics purposes, as well as real estate-related assets in Asia-Pacific.
  • Financing low-carbon buildings and energy efficiency in the green bond market

    Source: Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date Submitted: 03 Apr 2019
    Views: 884
    Downloads: 13
    This report explores how the green bond market can be accessed to finance low-carbon buildings and energy efficiency upgrades, through issuance from property companies, financial institutions, local governments, and securitisation. 
  • SPIVA® Japan 2018 year-end scorecard

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 09 Apr 2019
    Views: 33
    Downloads: 0
    The SPIVA® Japan Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Japanese mutual funds against their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year investment horizons. 
  • Seeking the driver’s seat

    Source: CAPER
    Date Submitted: 29 Apr 2019
    Views: 407
    Downloads: 20
    Japan’s automakers seize upon opportunities arising from revolutionary changes in the global auto industry, such as car-hailing operations and electric vehicles.
  • Understanding the investment fundamentals of the education sector

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 207
    Downloads: 29
    A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors", generated to help investors undertake proper due diligence on companies in the private education industry.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.

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  • Understanding the investment fundamentals of the gaming sector

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 1705
    Downloads: 129
    A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors", generated to help investors undertake proper due diligence on companies operating in the highly regulated, heavily taxed and competitive gaming industry.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.

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  • VIDEO: Maintaining equal-weight sector discipline

    Source: Sam Stovall, Sean McCaffrey, Shaun Wurzbach
    Date Submitted: 03 Apr 2019
    Views: 109
    Downloads: 0
    How does equally weighting S&P 500® sectors influence risk/return? CFRA's Sam Stovall, and Swan Global's Sean McCaffrey join S&P DJI's Shaun Wurzbach to discuss rules-based approached to equal-weight sector strategies. (Video: 9 min.)
  • Do research challenges in India help students reach their career goals?

    Source: Jainendra Shandilya, CFA, CAIA, Harshal Goyal
    Date Submitted: 11 Apr 2019
    Views: 222
    Downloads: 17
    Financial research competitions conducted by professional organizations in India, aimed at students of business schools, boost their career prospects. 
     
  • S&P DJI introduces GCC factor indices

    Source: Karina Tjin
    Date Submitted: 02 Apr 2019
    Views: 57
    Downloads: 0
    S&P Dow Jones Indices introduces single- and multi-factor indices for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.They include low volatility, momentum, enhanced value, and quality factors.
  • Active management for volatile times?

    Source: Craig Lazzara
    Date Submitted: 28 Mar 2019
    Views: 46
    Downloads: 0
    A majority of active fund managers tend to underperform their benchmarks in rising and falling markets.
    S&P Dow Jones Indices' SPIVA reports have tracked the relative out- and under-performance of actively-managed mutual funds since 2001. 
  • VIDEO: Startup valuation and fundraising 

    Source: CFA Society Bangladesh
    Date Submitted: 14 Apr 2019
    Views: 3086
    Downloads: 0
    The speech of Mr. Waseem Alim, CFA, Founder & CEO, Chaldal, on Startup Valuation & Fundraising at a continuing education event organized by CFA Society Bangladesh on March 21, 2019, in Dhaka. (Video: 59 min.)

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  • VIDEO: Core implications for S&P 500® sectors

    Source: Sean McCaffrey, Shaun Wurzbach, Anu Ganti
    Date Submitted: 27 Mar 2019
    Views: 50
    Downloads: 0
    Swan Global's Sean McCaffrey joins S&P DJI's Shaun Wurzbach and Anu Ganti to discuss how sector and industry data is informing strategic applications of S&P 500 sectors. (Video: 7 min.)
  • China Market Strategy: Chinese equities confirm market inflection point

    Source: Hao Hong, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 2357
    Downloads: 19
    In Chinese equities, valuation expansion explains stock returns better than earnings growth, and timing is more important than stock selection. For now, foreign buying has hit the trading limit, and the A shares are pausing.

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  • 中国市场策略 - 市场确认了一个重要的拐点

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2019
    Views: 133
    Downloads: 0
    交银国际董事总经理研究部负责人洪灏, CFA 认为,CPI波动性>PPI,企业定价能力弱。估值扩张比盈利增长更能解释中国股票回报,择时比选股重要。历史上,MZM增速低点对应A股的重要拐点。随着美联储转鸽,这次拐点的确认和《峰回路转》对上证2450重要性的讨论一致。尽管筑底一波三折,长期趋势仍重于短期波动。

    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 21 March 2019.

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  • Low volatility index shows its utility

    Source: Fei Mei Chan
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2019
    Views: 46
    Downloads: 0
    The S&P 500 Low Volatility Index® made a valiant comeback in late 2018 after trailing for most of the year
  • Trading surges for four REITs in the STI Reserve List

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 25 Mar 2019
    Views: 57
    Downloads: 3
    Trading of SGX-listed REITs surged in the first two months of 2019, with the STI Reserve List components delivering solid returns. 
     
  • Water utility companies listed on SGX

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 25 Mar 2019
    Views: 23
    Downloads: 1
    SGX lists 10 stocks that provide infrastructure for water, wastewater treatment and supply services. They have a combined market capitalisation of nearly S$10 billion. Utilities was the second-best performing sector on SGX in February. 
  • SGX-listed oil and gas stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 22 Mar 2019
    Views: 47
    Downloads: 5
    In the early 2019, the three largest capitalised, best-performing constituents of the iEdge SG Oil&Gas Index were averaged a total return of +21.1%, having recovered in line with recent crude gains.
  • Reclaims Global – eco-friendly construction service provider

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 22 Mar 2019
    Views: 48
    Downloads: 0
    Reclaims Global, a Singapore-based eco-friendly integrated services provider, made its debut on SGX Catalist on March 11, 2019. How does it stack up against other construction and engineering companies on SGX?
     
  • SGX's mid-cap stocks gain in 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2019
    Views: 27
    Downloads: 1
    Two technology stocks, Hi-P Int and Silverlake Axis were the strongest among mid-cap stocks with capitalisation between S$1bn and S$2bn in the early 2019.
     
  • New single stock DLCs expand SGX trading opportunities

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2019
    Views: 23
    Downloads: 0
    A look at the performance of single stock daily leverage certificates (DLCs) traded on the Singapore Exchange. Ten new ones were launched in February and have already seen substantial trading activity.
     
  • An unexpected outcome for stock pickers?

    Source: Fei Mei Chan,
    Date Submitted: 13 Mar 2019
    Views: 60
    Downloads: 0
    Most active managers underperformed their benchmarks in 2018. While this is common, it is easier for active managers to outperform when certain factors are in play. Historical data help identify these factors. 
     
  • Green bonds: The state of the market 2018

    Source: Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date Submitted: 07 May 2019
    Views: 2499
    Downloads: 93
    The new annual report focuses on labelled green bonds and uncovers the latest developments in this asset type on a global scale. It looks at trends in green bond issuance and identifies avenues for market growth. 

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  • VIDEO: ​Diversifying with quality

    Source: Shaun Wurzbach, Jason Giordano, Simeon Hyman
    Date Submitted: 13 Mar 2019
    Views: 482
    Downloads: 0
    What happens to risk/return when S&P Dividend Aristocrats® are combined with S&P 500® Bonds? S&P DJI’s Shaun Wurzbach and Jason Giordano join ProShares’ Simeon Hyman to discuss a quality approach to diversification. (Video: 7 min.)
  • 中国市场策略 - 谁在买?谁会再买?

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 13 Mar 2019
    Views: 30
    Downloads: 0
    交银国际董事总经理研究部负责人洪灏, CFA 认为,短期监管对于杠杆态度难以明确,形成投机窗口。香港杠杆资金经陆股通入深沪,青睐科技和创业板。虽市场短期受阻,但长期趋势重于短期波动。由于交易周期不一致而相互矛盾的市场信号将逼出短期持仓。强弱手之间换岗势必导致市场波动,并暂时扭曲风险与回报。

    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 10 March 2019.
  • China Market Strategy: Who's buying? Who's next?

    Source: Hao Hong
    Date Submitted: 12 Mar 2019
    Views: 632
    Downloads: 13
    Recent volatility in China equities suggests a prevalence of margin trading. The article analyses the buying behaviour of strategic investors, margin traders, the Stock Connect Schemes and ETFs and predicts more volatility in the near term. 
  • SGX-listed China-based companies 

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 19 Mar 2019
    Views: 112
    Downloads: 3
    There are almost 100 companies listed on the Singapore Exchange that are headquartered or have their principal place of business in mainland China. Some of them delivered stellar returns in the early 2019.
     
  • Singapore’s healthcare services stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 18 Mar 2019
    Views: 20
    Downloads: 0
    The 18 healthcare service providers listed on SGX significantly outperformed, on average, the exchange's broad equity index in the early 2019. Which companies did best?
     
  • SGX share buybacks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 18 Mar 2019
    Views: 20
    Downloads: 0
    Share buybacks by SGX-listed companies have decreased in 2019, following high buyback volumes in 2018. Which companies are still buying back their shares?
     
  • Singapore's tech sector stocks gain in early 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 15 Mar 2019
    Views: 38
    Downloads: 2
    Singapore’s 10 largest technology stocks have made a strong start to 2019, with average total returns of 25.2% in the first two months of the year on a soaring combined trading turnover and large institutional inflows.
     
  • Sim Leisure Group lists on SGX Catalist

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 14 Mar 2019
    Views: 33
    Downloads: 1
    Sim Leisure Group, owner of Malaysian ESCAPE theme parks, listed on SGX Catalist on 1 March. SGX provides a look at the company's business and valuation.
     
  • SGX's best Malaysia stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 14 Mar 2019
    Views: 81
    Downloads: 3
    There are more than 40 companies listed on SGX, which are headquartered in Malaysia or have core operations there. How did the best of them performed in early 2019?
     
  • SGX's best Indonesia stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 14 Mar 2019
    Views: 41
    Downloads: 0
    SGX lists over 20 companies headquartered or with core operations in Indonesia. How have the best of them performed so far in 2019?
     
  • SGX liquidity-themed consumer sector index posts gains in 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 13 Mar 2019
    Views: 27
    Downloads: 0
    The FTSE ST Consumer Goods & Services Liquid 20 Index generated a 9.9% total return in the first month of 2019, a turnaround from its 9.2% decline in 2018.
     
  • Best SGX-listed F&B stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 13 Mar 2019
    Views: 47
    Downloads: 0
    Consumer staples and consumer discretionary stocks listed in Singapore saw high demand in the early 2019, second only to REITs. Which companies performed best?
     
  • SGX technology stocks start the year on a high note

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 13 Mar 2019
    Views: 27
    Downloads: 0
    IT companies were the the second-best performing sector among Singapore stocks at the beginning of 2019. Which companies did best?
     
  • China-related S-REITs and developers

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 12 Mar 2019
    Views: 41
    Downloads: 3
    China-related REITs and developers listed in Singapore delivered high returns in the beginning of 2019, following excellent performance of the sector at the end of 2018. Which companies did best?
  • SGX-listed China stocks performance in 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 12 Mar 2019
    Views: 30
    Downloads: 1
    Five best performing SGX-listed China stocks have delivered average returns of 18% in the first two months of 2019. Over the last three years, however, China stocks listed in Singapore underperformed the STI benchmark. 
     
  • Singapore's big utility stocks began 2019 with momentum

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 12 Mar 2019
    Views: 32
    Downloads: 1
    Singapore's big utility stocks have made a firm start to 2019, with average total returns of 17%, rebounding from a decline of 31% in 2018. Utilities led other sectors in market cap weighted performance in December 2018 and January 2019. 
  • Mid-cap stocks strongest across APAC financial centres in January

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 07 Mar 2019
    Views: 46
    Downloads: 0
    FTSE Mid Cap Indices outperformed their large-cap and small-cap peers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney in January 2019. The report shows the performance of SGX-listed mid-cap stocks. 
  • SGX monthly share buybacks decelerated on 4% STI rebound

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 07 Mar 2019
    Views: 55
    Downloads: 0
    Share buybacks by SGX-listed companies slowed down in early 2019, as the market rose. The report summarizes share buybacks in January 2019 and names new mandates.
     
  • Playing in the big leagues: Assessing China’s potential systemically important banks

    Source: Stanley Tsai, Ke Chen
    Date Submitted: 07 May 2019
    Views: 1940
    Downloads: 41
    The report assess the systemic importance of China’s banks by applying a fundamental multi-factor methodology to evaluate the risks any given bank might pose to the financial system.

    This article qualifies for 1.0 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • Value investing: A practitioner’s guide

    Source: Joe Kairen, Vinit Srivastava, Karina Tjin
    Date Submitted: 05 Mar 2019
    Views: 2347
    Downloads: 133
    At the most basic level, the goal of investing in value stocks is to buy stocks that are trading at a discount relative to their peers (based on company financials) but have upside potential. How has this strategy performed over time?
  • VIDEO: Weathering the storm with sectors and industries

    Source: Brent Kopp, Anu Ganti, Todd Rosenbluth
    Date Submitted: 04 Mar 2019
    Views: 78
    Downloads: 0
    How are financial advisors using index-based sector and industry strategies to uncover alpha while keeping risk in check? S&P DJI's Brent Kopp and Anu Ganti join CFRA's Todd Rosenbluth to discuss implementing sector tools during periods of volatility. (Video: 6 min.)
  • Japan green finance: State of the market 2018

    Source: CBI
    Date Submitted: 07 May 2019
    Views: 482
    Downloads: 11
    A detailed overview of the Japanese green bond market analyses the developments in the private and public sector for industries with green growth prospects, including low carbon property, transport, forestry and paper and manufacturing.

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  • 【中国市场策略】融资牛路在何方

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 28 Feb 2019
    Views: 12
    Downloads: 0
    市场价格与基本面严重背离;保证金交易在市场成交占比逼近历史经验值高点,市场也将遭遇阻力。虽成交量趋势确认2450为底部,但现在加仓风险资产的回报已远不如一月时。关注监管对融资和房地产的态度。如监管放松,2015年“伟大的中国泡沫”将再现。

    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 28 February 2019.

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  • China Market Strategy: A Margin Bull. What Next?

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 28 Feb 2019
    Views: 1196
    Downloads: 0
    China's equity market has bottomed out, but fundamentals remain weak and as margin trade turnover nears its ceiling, the bull run is likely to encounter resistance.

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  • A fundamental look at S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

    Source: Smita Chirputkar, Aye M. Soe
    Date Submitted: 18 Apr 2019
    Views: 1111
    Downloads: 48
    The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats measures the performance of high-quality companies that have increased their dividends for 25 consecutive years. The index has delivered higher returns and lower volatility than the broad-based, large-cap equity market.

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  • 新报告:香港绿色债券市场简报2018:与汇丰银行合作,由香港金融管理局和香港绿色金融协会支持

    Source: CBI
    Date Submitted: 25 Feb 2019
    Views: 175
    Downloads: 4

    第三份中国绿色债券市场报告,对此全球第二大绿色债券市场2018年的关键发展进行了分析,聚焦绿色债券发行情况、相关政策制定和更广泛的市场增长。根据该报告,截至2018年底,中国发行的绿色债券总额达428亿美元(人民币2826亿元),同比增长12%,巩固了其全球第二大绿色债券市场的地位。

  • Hong Kong green bond market briefing 2018

    Source: CBI
    Date Submitted: 18 Apr 2019
    Views: 439
    Downloads: 10

    An overview of the booming green bond market in Hong Kong, which has been bolstered by policy support, incentives, and a growing momentum from the private sector. The report examines a range of green bond deals from domestic issuers.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • Introducing the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Select Index

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 03 Mar 2019
    Views: 54
    Downloads: 3
    S&P's new Australian small cap index focuses on companies with a track record of generating positive earnings.
  • VIDEO: Which equal-weight sectors have outperformed?

    Source: Sam Stovall , Brent Kopp, Anu Ganti
    Date Submitted: 26 Feb 2019
    Views: 89
    Downloads: 0
    How does equally weighting S&P 500® sectors influence risk/return? Sam Stovall of CFRA sits down with S&P DJI's Brent Kopp and Anu Ganti to explore a range of potential applications of equal-weight sector strategies. (Video: 5 min.)
  • 2018 global green bond market highlights

    Source: Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date Submitted: 23 Apr 2019
    Views: 730
    Downloads: 55
    The growth of green bond issuance slowed down in 2018, however new sustainability, SDG and social bonds increased the diversification of the asset class. Four new countries printed their first green bond issues.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • Tranched-value securities

    Source: Nikolay Zvezdin
    Date Submitted: 25 Feb 2019
    Views: 686
    Downloads: 17
    A proposal for a new derivative instrument that effectively tranches a value of a single asset or cash flow. By providing asymmetric payoffs without complex structuring, it would improve market completeness, risk transfer practice and sensitivity to new information.
  • S&P Risk Parity Indices in Q4 2018

    Source: Rupert Watts
    Date Submitted: 25 Feb 2019
    Views: 104
    Downloads: 0
    The primary goals of risk parity are to provide a smoother return profile and to minimize losses from equity market drawdowns like we saw in the fourth quarter of 2018. How did S&P Risk Parity Indices perform?
  • Creditworthiness of Chinese provincial governments

    Source: Liang Zhong
    Date Submitted: 18 Apr 2019
    Views: 433
    Downloads: 14
    Credit quality of Chinese provincial governments capturing their relative strength in multiple aspects appears to be converging to the average. Only a few provincial-level governments in China stand out for their stronger credit quality. 

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  • 中国国产动画电影发展路径

    Source: Wang Songjie
    Date Submitted: 03 Mar 2019
    Views: 151
    Downloads: 3
    中国动画电影行业起步较晚,17年票房收入不足50亿元,在中国电影市场票房中占比较低。相较于海外进口电影,国产动画电影在中国动画电影版图中地位也较弱。知名IP数量少、作品质量不佳、定位过于低幼龄向是国产动画电影的主要症结所在。但我们也欣喜得看到近年来一批优秀的国产动画影片脱颖而出并取得了不俗的票房成绩。比较海外成熟市场,中国国产动漫电影的市场规模以及衍生品市场都有巨大的发展空间。
    13年以来,随着动漫用户的增长以及对优质内容和平台的争夺,资本市场对动漫行业的关注度迅速上升,接替政策补贴成为行业发展的新动力,也推动了作品质量的快速提升。当前,动漫行业的投融资活动更趋理性,资金向头部机构集中。随着次级动漫企业的出清,生存下来的优秀动漫公司将获得更大的发展空间。
  • Singapore Trade Policy Forum

    Source: Evan Rogerson, Amalina Anuar, Amanda Huan
    Date Submitted: 18 Apr 2019
    Views: 896
    Downloads: 7
    Rising economic nationalism threatens to undermine global integration and international trade faces an uncertain policy environment. Senior trade experts addressed these issues at the Singapore Trade Policy Forum in October 2018.

    This article qualifies for 1.0 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • WEBINAR: The Climate Bonds Taxonomy & Green Bond Database Methodology

    Source: Sean Kidney
    Date Submitted: 18 Feb 2019
    Views: 810
    Downloads: 0
    Climate Bond Initiative's Climate Bonds Taxonomy identifies assets and projects needed to deliver a low carbon economy and provides screening criteria consistent with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. (Video: 60 min.)
  • S&P Shariah Indices Scorecard Q4 2018

    Source: John Welling, Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 18 Feb 2019
    Views: 124
    Downloads: 3
    S&P Dow Jones presents a quarterly update on Shariah and Islamic Market Indices as of 31 December 2018.
  • Leading viewpoint: 2019's green investment picture

    Source: Sean Kidney
    Date Submitted: 18 Feb 2019
    Views: 181
    Downloads: 18
    Lack of standards is not hindering green bond issuance, while pressure on corporations to finance the energy transition intensifies, argues Sean Kidney, CEO of Climate Bonds Initiative.
  • What is the impact of a company’s environmental data on its weight in an index?

    Source: Ryan Christianson
    Date Submitted: 15 Feb 2019
    Views: 74
    Downloads: 0
    The S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index incorporates a mechanism to adjust constituents' weights by their respective environmental data. Its objective is to motivate companies to improve their environmental disclosure.
  • Introducing the S&P Global SmallCap Select Index Series

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 18 Feb 2019
    Views: 107
    Downloads: 1
    Small-cap companies without a track record of generating earnings tend to perform poorly relative to their profitable peers and be a drag on broad small-cap indices. S&P's new small-cap indices aim to address this problem.
  • ASEAN green financial instrument guide

    Source: Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date Submitted: 18 Apr 2019
    Views: 1600
    Downloads: 85
    Several financial instruments and mechanisms are available for public and private entities in ASEAN that look to fund green assets through equity, debt and partnerships. This step-by-step guide gives an overview of the financing process and its implementation.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • ASEAN green finance: State of the market 2018

    Source: Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date Submitted: 18 Apr 2019
    Views: 922
    Downloads: 69
    This report examines the progress that has been made and the opportunities lying ahead for green bonds in ASEAN countries. It looks at regional themes in green bond markets and issuance from companies that operate in climate-aligned sectors.

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  • Blockchain and CAPM : the decentralized market portfolio

    Source: Federico Cristina, CFA, Marco Cora, CFA, Filippo Fanin, CFA
    Date Submitted: 11 Feb 2019
    Views: 125
    Downloads: 0
    Blockchain technology can solve some market failures, such as information asymmetry, principal-agent problems or unnecessary market interventions, thereby improving market efficiency and allowing investors access to more asset classes.
  • Lender moral hazard in state-owned banks: Evidence from an emerging economy

    Source: Balagopal Gopalakrishnan, Joshy Jacob, Ajay Pandey
    Date Submitted: 11 Feb 2019
    Views: 89
    Downloads: 10
    India's public sector banks are more likely to lend to riskier firms than private sector banks. Their lending choices include riskier service sector firms, those that borrow by pledging promoter shares and those likely to be impacted by political change.

    The paper was presented in the 2018 India Finance Conference held at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India.
  • S&P 500 has its hottest start since 2003

    Source: Jodie Gunzberg
    Date Submitted: 11 Feb 2019
    Views: 42
    Downloads: 0
    In the first seven trading days of 2019, the S&P 500 returned 3.6%, its 12th best start on record since 1928 and best since 2003.  Also, the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 surpassed large caps by posting their best gains ever to start a year.
  • VIDEO: Reclassifying alpha using factors

    Source: Mark Armbruster, Ed Ware, Aye Soe
    Date Submitted: 10 Feb 2019
    Views: 87
    Downloads: 0
    Take a strategic look at the risk/return impact of factor implementation in different market cycles with Armbruster Capital Management’s Mark Armbruster, CFA and S&P DJI’s Ed Ware and Aye Soe, CFA. (Video: 7 min.)
  • IPO note on Genex Infosys Limited

    Source: Asaduzzaman Ashik
    Date Submitted: 10 Feb 2019
    Views: 61
    Downloads: 9
    As Genex Infosys Limited makes a debut on the Dhaka Stock Exchange on 6 February 2019, after a successful IPO in the later part of 2018, EBL Securities Limited offers a detailed analysis of the company. 
  • Regulatory implications of multilateral trade liberalisation for the global services market

    Source: Giovanni Di Lieto, David Treisman
    Date Submitted: 12 Feb 2019
    Views: 39
    Downloads: 3
    Using the mobile communications industry as a benchmark, this study examines economic implications of multilateral market openings and regulatory harmonization of the global services sectors beyond the bilateral and WTO/GATS frameworks.
  • China's digitalization and its implications for China-South Korea economic cooperation

    Source: Mingshen Zhang
    Date Submitted: 13 Feb 2019
    Views: 63
    Downloads: 8
    China and South Korea should cooperate in digitalization of their economies to achieve mutual benefits. This paper identifies areas of potential complementary developments in digital transformation of business operations and social interactions.
  • Economic contribution of copyright-based industries in Pakistan

    Source: Ghulam Samad, Vaqar Ahmed, Rauf Khalid
    Date Submitted: 13 Feb 2019
    Views: 90
    Downloads: 2
    As protection of copyright industries is gaining importance in Pakistan's national regulations, this paper Analyses the economic contributions of copyright-based industries, such as music, film and software, but also textiles, jewellery and sports.
     
  • NZIER Consensus Forecasts shows growth outlook broadly unchanged

    Source: New Zealand Institute of Economic Research
    Date Submitted: 23 Apr 2019
    Views: 107
    Downloads: 4
    Over the coming year in New Zealand, a softer outlook for investment is offset by expectations of stronger export growth. Business confidence has fallen sharply, and with profitability continuing to deteriorate, it may negatively impact investment intentions. 

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 
     
  • Pakistan quarterly trade bulletin

    Source: USAID Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA), Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
    Date Submitted: 13 Feb 2019
    Views: 67
    Downloads: 6
    A broad analysis of Pakistan's economy, trade and foreign investment in the regional context, as of September 2018. 
  • WEBINAR: Practitioners’ Insights - Fast Electronic Markets

    Source: Larry Harris, CFA, Shreenivas Kunte CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 01 Feb 2019
    Views: 98
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 

    The webinar will address the following learning outcomes:
    • Understand how the efficiencies of electronic trading led to its widespread adoption.
    • Recognize how buy- and sell-side traders use electronic strategies to their advantage.
    Appreciate how electronic trading improves capital formation and price efficiency and thus public welfare.
     
    This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 13th December 2018.
     
  • SGX Tourism-related stocks ride growth in visitor arrivals

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 12 Feb 2019
    Views: 21
    Downloads: 0
    Despite concerns over slowing global growth, Singapore’s tourism sector has enjoyed consistent growth in international arrivals over the past four years. Nevertheless, 15 largest SGX stocks with exposure to the tourist industries lost 10.7% on average in 2018.
  • SGX’s largest, best-performing healthcare services stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 12 Feb 2019
    Views: 55
    Downloads: 3
    Singapore’s healthcare service providers have pursued international expansion plans in recent years, with operations and assets spanning multiple geographies outside Singapore, allowing investors to participate in the structural Asian healthcare theme.
     
  • Rising crude prices lift Singapore’s largest shipyard stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 11 Feb 2019
    Views: 30
    Downloads: 0
    Singapore’s three biggest shipyard stocks have averaged a total return of +6.2% in the early 2019, boosted by a 15% increase in the crude oil price, as OPEC and its allies began cutting production.
  • Early-year gains of Singapore-focused developers, REITs and construction stocks

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 11 Feb 2019
    Views: 69
    Downloads: 4
    Singapore’s largest capitalised developers and REITs with a strong Singapore focus have made a firm start in the early 2019. The largest capitalised construction stocks have also performed similarly to the developers over the past two years.
  • ​STI’s poorest performers in 2018 amongst STI leaders in early 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 11 Feb 2019
    Views: 29
    Downloads: 1
    Six of the seven poorest performing STI stocks in 2018 were amongst the STI’s 10 strongest stocks in the early 2019. The six stocks, which averaged 30% declines in total return in 2018, have averaged 11% gains over the first three weeks of 2019.
     
  • 中国市场策略 - 峰回路转:狗年的教诲

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 09 Feb 2019
    Views: 186
    Downloads: 0
    [经济周期很重要] 自2017年以来,我们发布了一系列关于中国经济周期的权威指南报告。在这些报告中,我们以量化图表展示了各种宏观经济变量在各国之间波动的相似性和同时性,以及周期围绕着其潜在的趋势有节奏地振荡。

    其实,周期并没有开始,也没有结束。上一个周期的下行也孕育着下一个周期的复苏 – 一如当下。

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • China Market Strategy - Turning a Corner: Teachings from “the Dog”

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 09 Feb 2019
    Views: 43
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WeiXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 31 January 2019:

    In this report series, we demonstrate the similarity and simultaneity of fluctuations across various macro-economic variables and across countries, and oscillation of cycles rhythmically around an underlying trend. 

    There is no beginning, nor end to economic cycles. The fall of the last cycle is impregnated with the rise of the next – as is now. 


    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • VIDEO: Factors as goals-based tools

    Source: Ed Ware, Craig Lazzara, Mark Armbruster
    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2019
    Views: 549
    Downloads: 0
    How are advisors implementing single- and multi-factor strategies as risk mitigators? S&P DJI’s Ed Ware and Craig Lazzara take a strategic look at factors with Mark Armbruster, president of Armbruster Capital Management. (Video: 6 min)
  • Understanding the investment fundamentals of the insurance sector.

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 17418
    Downloads: 283
    A part of the series "Sector analysis: A framework for investors", created to help investors undertake proper due diligence on insurance companies, a well-established sector which nevertheless does not escape forces of technological disruption.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits.  
  • VIDEO: ​The return of value?

    Source: Shaun Wurzbach, Lindsey Bell, Todd Rosenbluth
    Date Submitted: 27 Jan 2019
    Views: 388
    Downloads: 0
    Could recent market activity signal a style shift? S&P DJI’s Shaun Wurzbach joins CFRA’s Lindsey Bell and Todd Rosenbluth to take a fundamental look at growth and value. (Video: 9 min.)
  • Bangladesh telecommunication industry: A comprehensive review 2019

    Source: Mohammad Asrarul Haque
    Date Submitted: 27 Jan 2019
    Views: 593
    Downloads: 39
    Bangladesh's march towards realizing its vision for a digital future has brought impressive growth in the telecommunication and information technology sector. EBL Securities presents a comprehensive review of the telecommunication industry in Bangladesh.
  • Singapore's semiconductor equipment industry

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 27 Jan 2019
    Views: 48
    Downloads: 6
    As Grand Venture Technology (GVT), a Singapore-based manufacturing and industrial service provider, makes its debut on SGX Catalist, the exchange provides a brief overview of the semiconductor equipment industry.

     
  • How index innovation is propelling further growth of Islamic markets

    Source: Michael Orzano, John Welling
    Date Submitted: 27 Jan 2019
    Views: 110
    Downloads: 3
    Shariah-compliant index solutions have expanded to encompass a range of asset classes, themes, and strategies in order to meet the diverse benchmarking needs of the Islamic investment community.
  • SGX-listed regional small cap stocks start 2019 on firmer tone

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 27 Jan 2019
    Views: 31
    Downloads: 3
    Regional small cap indices were amongst the stock market’s worst performing segments in 2018 due to the rising US Dollar, trade tensions & decelerating growth outlooks. However, in the first three weeks of 2019, they regained a third of last year's loss.
     
  • Singapore's high dividend stocks punch above their weight

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 23 Jan 2019
    Views: 62
    Downloads: 8
    Singapore stocks account for 0.84% of the FTSE All-World High Dividend Yield Index, double the 0.42% weight that Singapore stocks maintain in the FTSE All-World Index.
  • Changes in India’s investment sphere – an overview of 2018

    Source: Koel Ghosh
    Date Submitted: 22 Jan 2019
    Views: 105
    Downloads: 0

    Record highs, volatility, growth of passive investing and SEBI's efforts to standardize India's mutual funds offering and make it more transparent are some of the themes India's financial markets saw in 2018.

  • The importance of China onshore bonds in a portfolio context

    Source: Hong Xie
    Date Submitted: 22 Jan 2019
    Views: 866
    Downloads: 0
    China’s onshore bond market is the third-largest in the world, but only 2.5% of it is owned by foreign investors. As market access issues are resolved, the ownership share is expected to grow.
  • Singapore REITs outperform in late 2018

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 17 Jan 2019
    Views: 329
    Downloads: 8
    In a challenging market environment, S-REITs were among the best-performing sectors on SGX in November and December 2018. The interest in S-REITs was driven by a flight to safety amidst rising risk-aversion. 
  • The abnormal return around cross-listing between emerging and developed markets

    Source: Fan John Zhang, Jun Chen, Bart Frijns, Alireza Tourani-Rad
    Date Submitted: 17 Jan 2019
    Views: 746
    Downloads: 14
    A study of Chinese firms cross-listed on Chinese and Hong Kong stock markets shows abnormal positive stock returns at the times of an announcement of a cross-listing and its launch.
     
  • Understanding the investment fundamentals of the logistics sector

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 1819
    Downloads: 176
    A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors", generated to help investors undertake proper due diligence on companies in the rapidly evolving logistics sector that is a back-bone of today's supply-chain system.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits.
  • Equal-weight indexing: One-stop shopping for size and style

    Source: Louis Bellucci, Jodie Gunzberg
    Date Submitted: 14 Jan 2019
    Views: 146
    Downloads: 5
    Equal-weight indices include the same constituents as their respective market-cap-weighted indices, but each company is allocated a fixed equal weight in the index. They outperform traditional cap-weighted indices in the long term.
  • The future of iron ore indices

    Source: Marya Alsati
    Date Submitted: 14 Jan 2019
    Views: 109
    Downloads: 0
    Iron ore is the second-largest commodity market by value after crude oil and is a major industrial component of the world’s second-largest economy, China. S&P DJI’s two new indices provide exposure to the commodity.
  • Big ASEAN value stocks a highlight of the past three years

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 15 Jan 2019
    Views: 87
    Downloads: 7
    The FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index was amongst the strongest FTSE regional indices over the three years ending 2018. Its total return of 42% in USD terms outpaced 37 other regional indices published by FTSE Russell.  
     
  • Singapore's healthcare sector’s growth prospects draw fund flows

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 14 Jan 2019
    Views: 30
    Downloads: 5
    In the second half of 2018, Singapore's healthcare sector saw six consecutive months of net inflows by institutional investors, following increased risk aversion on the back of higher market volatility and persistent US-China trade tensions.
     
  • Singapore's food retailers extended gains in 2018

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 14 Jan 2019
    Views: 125
    Downloads: 2
    Singapore's four food retailer companies delivered on average a 10% return in 2018, outperforming their sector peers in the Asia Pacific region.
     
  • Ten best-performing SGX industrials stocks deliver 13% return in 2018

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 13 Jan 2019
    Views: 87
    Downloads: 2
    Last year, SGX’s industrials sector was the second best-performing segment with a market cap-weighted average total return of 1.0%, following the Materials Sector’s market cap-weighted average total return of 30.1%.
  • 100 SGX stocks bought back S$1.53 billion in shares in 2018

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 13 Jan 2019
    Views: 19
    Downloads: 1
    In December 2018, 32 SGX stocks listed on SGX repurchased 97 million shares for a total consideration of S$78 million. Overall, 100 stocks conducted buybacks in 2018, and the value of the buybacks was triple that of 2017.
     
  • STI Clocks 9% Annualised Return Amidst 10 Years of Global Challenges

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 13 Jan 2019
    Views: 18
    Downloads: 1
    In the past ten years, the STI generated average annualised total returns of 9.2%, one-fifth higher than the regional Asia Pacific benchmark, and in line with the FTSE ASEAN 40 Index. Which stocks delivered the highest returns?
  • Signing off 2018: India equity market performance

    Source: Mahavir Kaswa
    Date Submitted: 13 Jan 2019
    Views: 50
    Downloads: 0
    India's 2018 started with exuberance, as the S&P BSE SENSEX reached lifetime highs in January. It failed to sustain them, but still ended a volatile year on a the upside.
  • Partners in Asian development cooperation: The role of the private sector

    Source: Korea Development Institute, The Asia Foundation
    Date Submitted: 03 Jan 2019
    Views: 1083
    Downloads: 0
    The private sector is an important player in Asian development. In Social Sector Cooperation (SSC), private companies or contractors from provider countries are often the implementers of infrastructure projects, whether through lines of credit or tied aid. At the other end of the spectrum many Asian multinationals are involved in corporate social responsibility in the region. 
  • Bangladesh sectoral growth diagnostic

    Source: Selim Raihan, Alberto Lemma, Bazlul Haque Khondker, Farazi Binti Ferdous
    Date Submitted: 03 Jan 2019
    Views: 151
    Downloads: 0
    While Bangladesh transitions from low- to lower-middle-income country and its GDP been growing at 6% a year, many Bangladeshis still live below the poverty line. Three sectors can potentially stimulate inclusive growth in Bangladesh: agro-processing, leather and leather goods, and information and communication technology.
  • VIDEO: The other half of macroeconomics and the fate of globalization

    Source: Richard Koo
    Date Submitted: 02 Jan 2019
    Views: 650
    Downloads: 0
    Asia has benefited from free trade and the long-standing trade imbalance with the US, while significant groups of US society were harmed as a result. The resulting surge of populism is pulling the US away from free trade. Asian countries need to take responsibility to help fix this problem. However, monetary policy is no longer effective and policy-makers need to take a new look at fiscal policy.

    Richard Koo, Chief Economist at Nomura Research Institute speaks at CFA Society Taiwan 2018 Annual Dinner and Charter Award Ceremony. (Video: 41 min.)
  • Passive investing opportunities in India

    Source: Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 04 Jan 2019
    Views: 149
    Downloads: 0
    While assets continue shifting from active to passive management globally, unique local factors contribute to the rapid growth of passive investments in India's mutual fund industry.
     
  • Bangladesh: Yearly market update 2018 

    Source: Mohammad Rehan Kabir
    Date Submitted: 01 Jan 2019
    Views: 1246
    Downloads: 45
    Ahead of a national election, capital market showed a declining performance in 2018 along with adverse impact from global factors such as a stronger dollar, higher Fed rates, and rising oil price, which up to Q3’18 pushed the market into the negative territory.
  • Constructing a systematic asset allocation strategy: The S&P Dynamic Tactical Allocation Index

    Source: Phillip Brzenk
    Date Submitted: 01 Jan 2019
    Views: 925
    Downloads: 34
    The S&P Dynamic Tactical Allocation Index (DTAQ) uses a systematic approach to asset allocation by incorporating dynamic and tactical investment strategies into the index design. The index seeks to provide higher risk-adjusted returns than the broad market irrespective of the economic environment.
  • Royal Commission, Regulation, and Rocky Markets

    Source: Stuart Magrath
    Date Submitted: 26 Dec 2018
    Views: 81
    Downloads: 0
    Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of activity in the financial advisor segment of Australia. In mid-September 2018, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) hosted an exchange-traded fund (ETF) seminar in Perth, Western Australia. This was S&P DJI’s second foray in the West, and with Perth being one of the world’s most isolated cities, financial advisors were appreciative to have Easterners head to the West Coast.
  • The case for emerging market stocks

    Source: Philip Murphy
    Date Submitted: 01 Jan 2019
    Views: 121
    Downloads: 0
    Despite looming threats to global trade, emerging market stocks are a staple of diversified equity portfolios. In addition to being a growing proportion of the investment opportunity set, emerging equities may offer compelling growth and value.
  • STI stocks with biggest surge in trading turnover in 2018

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 01 Jan 2019
    Views: 33
    Downloads: 1
    Venture, Dairy Farm and Genting are among stocks included in Singapore's Straits Times Index that have experienced the biggest increase in trading turnover in 2018. 
     
  • A glimpse of the future: India’s potential in passive investing

    Source: Anu Ganti, Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 17 Dec 2018
    Views: 996
    Downloads: 17
    While passive investments constitute a substantial share of assets in the US, the transition from mostly active to passive approach is only beginning in India. What lessons can India learn from the growth of the sector in the US?
  • Singapore’s largest technology stocks going into 2019

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 Dec 2018
    Views: 1025
    Downloads: 59
    While Singapore’s Electronics Sector PMI moved to a marginal contraction (49.9) in
    November, it came off the back of 27 consecutive months of expansion. 
  • Banks bought back S$88 million in shares in November

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 Dec 2018
    Views: 79
    Downloads: 6
    In November, 29 SGX-listed stocks repurchased 40 million shares for a total consideration of S$109 million. This was up from S$60 million in buyback consideration in October, and S$39 million in November 2017.
     
  • Five best-performing STI constituents average 13% YTD total return

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 16 Dec 2018
    Views: 66
    Downloads: 3
    In the 2018 YTD, the STI has generated a total return of -6.8%. This compares with YTD total returns of +0.2% for the Nikkei 225, -5.1% for the ASX 200, -6.7% for the Hang Seng Index, and -19.5% for the Shanghai Composite Index.
     
  • Shelter from the storm

    Source: Anu Ganti
    Date Submitted: 13 Dec 2018
    Views: 109
    Downloads: 0
    As we approach the final month of a rollercoaster year in the markets, adding a factor lens can provide perspective, especially when it comes to low volatility.
  • The virtue of slow and steady

    Source: Fei Mei Chan
    Date Submitted: 13 Dec 2018
    Views: 117
    Downloads: 0
    How does the performance of the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index compare with that of its parent, the S&P 500, in 2018?
     
  • WEBINAR: Preview 2019 CFA Program Curriculum: Big Data, AI and more

    Source: Barbara S. Petitt, CFA, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 12 Dec 2018
    Views: 266
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understand key changes to the 2019 CFA Program curriculum
    • Preview Big Data and Machine Learning concepts in the new curriculum
    • Understand how the CFA Program curriculum is developed
    • Understand the regional and local relevance of the CFA Program curriculum
  • WEBINAR: The Elephant and the Dragon - A Look at the Changing Dynamics Between China and India

    Source: Xu Sitao, Shreenivas Kunte CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 2027
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 
  • WEBINAR: Adrenaline, Testosterone and Equity Investing – The Unholy Trinity

    Source: Vikas Khemani, CFA, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 107
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar mainly focuses Behavioural dos and don’t’s on equity investing
  • WEBINAR: Lessons from the CIO’s World

    Source: Aradhana Gupta Kejriwal, CFA, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 98
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar provides insights on the CIO’s decision-making process in a variety of investment areas
  • WEBINAR: Insights on Smart Beta and Factor Investing

    Source: Jason Hsu, PhD, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 101
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar gives foundational understanding on smart betas and factor investing from a pioneer in this field
  • WEBINAR: Corporate Governance Regulation in Asia: New Risks and Opportunities for Investors

    Source: Jamie Allen, Shreenivas Kunte CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 69
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar highlighted two upcoming ACGA reports, one on China, and the second, a “CG Watch,” the association’s survey of corporate governance macro-quality in Asia 
  • WEBINAR: The Discounted Cash Flow Method and the Hubble Telescope

    Source: Rajeev Thakkar CFA, Shreenivas Kunte CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 101
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar highlights the practical aspects of equity investing and valuing equity shares
  • WEBINAR: Practitioners’ Insight: Information Technology Sector

    Source: Sudheer Guntupalli, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 62
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar shows insights on how different drivers of the IT sector can be modeled. Also highlighting the basic accounting and pilferage checks that can be carried out by an analyst to identify potential red flags within reported financials of a company.
  • WEBINAR: ESG Investing Insights: Social Business is Good Business

    Source: Aarti Wig, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 54
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar creates case that investors should deliberately invest in social businesses.  
  • WEBINAR: Practitioners' insights: Analysing the cement sector

    Source: Amit Khurana, CFA, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 104
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 

    This webinar shows the key factors that should be considered while valuing Indian cement companies or assessing the competitive advantages of individual firms. Discussion on the importance of the retail distribution network in driving market share and earnings
  • WEBINAR: Frameworks to identify Superior Management

    Source: Alroy Lobo, CFA, Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 59
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    This webinar shows practical insights and a conceptual framework for identifying superior management.
  • Institutional carbon efficiency: Exploring the tools Japan’s GPIF is using to achieve green objectives

    Source: Hannah Skeates, Andrew Innes, Neil McIndoe
    Date Submitted: 10 Dec 2018
    Views: 675
    Downloads: 34
    How are S&P Carbon Efficient Indices constructed and how are they used by institutional investors, including Japan's GPIF to meet their sustainable investing goals.
  • The value of research: Skill, capacity, and luck

    Source: Tim Edwards, Anu R. Ganti, Craig J. Lazzara, Hamish Preston
    Date Submitted: 13 Mar 2019
    Views: 3519
    Downloads: 264
    This event qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    As the cost of research is unbundled from that of trading, as a result of MiFID II, the value of research comes to the fore. The authors present a framework for the estimation of relative research values across markets and constituents.
  • WEBINAR: Key lessons from Financial History for Today's Investors

    Source: Russell Napier, ASIP, Shreenivas Kunte CFA, CIPM
    Date Submitted: 04 Dec 2018
    Views: 707
    Downloads: 0
    This webinar qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    In this webinar, it discussed 21 most important lessons from financial history that allow human beings to profit at the expense of the machines
  • How can deep learning improve finance?

    Source: Larry Cao
    Date Submitted: 09 Dec 2018
    Views: 966
    Downloads: 0
    Larry Cao, Director of Industry Research at CFA Institute, talks about the promises and challenges of deep learning, and how artificial intelligence finds application in the investment industry, in an interview for MioTech.
     
  • Equity insight on AL-HAJTEX

    Source: Tajkera Rahman
    Date Submitted: 05 Dec 2018
    Views: 147
    Downloads: 8
    Al-haj Textile Mills Limited (AL-HAJTEX) is engaged in manufacturing and sales of cotton yarn in Bangladesh. EBL Securities Limited offers an updated analysis on the company's business operations.
  • TalkingPoints: The S&P Access China Enterprises Enhance Value Index

    Source: Tianyin Cheng
    Date Submitted: 25 Nov 2018
    Views: 101
    Downloads: 4
    The S&P Access China Enterprises Enhanced Value Index seeks to measure the performance of 100 Chinese companies whose securities offer attractive valuations and are eligible for the Stock Connect programs.
  • Adding the “factor flavour” to indexing

    Source: Koel Ghosh
    Date Submitted: 22 Nov 2018
    Views: 113
    Downloads: 0
    Assets in the passive Indian landscape have witnessed a significant growth with a range of products that have also started expanding to factor-based strategies.
  • Equity report on H. R. Textile Mills Limited

    Source: Tajkera Rahman
    Date Submitted: 22 Nov 2018
    Views: 189
    Downloads: 23
    H.R.Textile Mills Limited (HRTEX) is engaged in manufacturing and export of knitwear products. EBL Securities Limited offers an updated analysis on the business operation of H.R.Textile Mills Limited.   
  • Five best-performing S-REITs average 6% total return in July-Oct

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 134
    Downloads: 3
    Investor interest in Singapore REITs has revived recently, driven by a flight to safety amidst rising risk-aversion, as the US - China trade tensions continue to simmer. Sentiment has also been boosted by improving fundamentals in the domestic office and hotel property segments.
     
  • Singapore’s 10 largest developers rebound from 12-month troughs

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 100
    Downloads: 5
    Ten largest listed real estate development companies in Singapore, with a combined market capitalisation of S$56 billion, have averaged a 6% price rebound from their 12-month minimum. 
  • STI overnight swings coincide with focus on US consumer data privacy

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 75
    Downloads: 2
    For the second time in October, the STI has opened at least 1% lower from the previous day close, on the back of an overnight sell-offs in US equities. The overnight moves coincided with a significant focus on safeguards for consumer data privacy in the US.
  • Thermal coal demand underpinned by uptick in Asian consumption

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 69
    Downloads: 5
    Statistics show that global coal consumption and production has picked up for the first time in 2017, after several years of declining growth, driven by increased consumption from Asian countries: India, Japan and China.
  • SGX industrial sector strengthened in September

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 58
    Downloads: 3
    Industrials were amongst Singapore’s three best performing sectors in September 2018. The 10 largest capitalised industrial stocks averaged a 7.1% total return for the month, and followed with 1.2% average gains for the first two sessions of October.
  • SGX companies buy back shares in September, as STI rebounds 1.4%

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 59
    Downloads: 3
    In September, 35 SGX companies repurchased 32 million shares for a total consideration of S$94 million. The buyback has brought the total consideration over the first nine months of 2018 to S$1.3 billion, which is three times the total in 2017.
  • China and Singapore retail REITs outperfom benchmark indices

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 73
    Downloads: 5
    The four SGX-listed retail S-REITs have outperformed the STI benchmark index in the first three quarters of 2018. Despite growing risk-averse sentiment, investor expectations of a downside were fairly subdued, underpinned by the sector's strong earnings profile and its perceived defensive nature.
  • Five best-yielding SGX healthcare stocks averaged 5% dividend yield

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 20 Nov 2018
    Views: 63
    Downloads: 4
    Singapore’s healthcare sector, typically viewed as a defensive segment and poised to enjoy multi-year growth prospects, has benefited from rotational fund flows recently, as investors took refuge in haven assets following a rise in risk-aversion. 
  • Receiving next month's news: Information spillover through collateralized loan obligations [UniSA 2018]

    Source: Abe de Jong
    Date Submitted: 21 Nov 2018
    Views: 452
    Downloads: 11
    By analyzing abnormal stock returns prior to public quarterly earnings announcements, the authors find that information from private monthly reports to managers of collateralized loan obligations slowly leaks to the public market. 

    This paper has been submitted to the conference Politics, Stock Markets and the Economy, held at the Centre of Applied Finance and Economics, University of South Australia Business School on 4-5 December 2018.
     
  • VIDEO: Harnessing emerging market growth: The Dow Jones Emerging ASEAN Titans 100 Index

    Source: David Lai, Sam Tsui, Utkarsh Agrawal
    Date Submitted: 19 Nov 2018
    Views: 178
    Downloads: 0
    The ASEAN nations’ investment landscape is changing and providing greater access for global investors. Premia Partners’ David Lai joins S&P DJI’s Sam Tsui and Utkarsh Agrawal to discuss the index solutions that help investors to capture the potential growth in these markets. (Video: 5 min)
  • 中国市场策略 - 2019展望:峰回路转

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 18 Nov 2018
    Views: 137
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 19 November 2018.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 
     
  • China Market Strategy - Outlook for 2019: Turning a corner

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 19 Nov 2018
    Views: 3499
    Downloads: 158
    China’s economic cycle is nearing the bottom, as a broad deceleration of economic activities becomes palpable. However, a strong recovery remains elusive. Meanwhile, the US short-term economic cycle has peaked. 

    This research appeared on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 19 November 2018.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • Using trailing dividend yield versus indicated dividend yield

    Source: Qing Li
    Date Submitted: 18 Nov 2018
    Views: 180
    Downloads: 0
    Dividend yield is a significant consideration for income-focused investment strategies. As companies in different markets tend to pay dividends on different schedules, the calculation of dividend yields has to take into account these differences. 
  • VIDEO: Passive investing trends in India

    Source: Akash Jain, Koel Ghosh
    Date Submitted: 12 Nov 2018
    Views: 127
    Downloads: 0
    What does the growth of passive investing mean for the Indian market? Watch as S&P BSE Indices’ Koel Ghosh and Akash Jain discuss the latest passive investing trends in India. (Video: 5 min.)
  • S&P Shariah Indices Scorecard Q3 2018

    Source: John Welling, Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 11 Nov 2018
    Views: 148
    Downloads: 4
    How did S&P Dow Jones Islamic Market Indices perform in the third quarter of 2018?
  • Persistence of Australian active funds

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 07 Nov 2018
    Views: 1358
    Downloads: 18
    In this report, we measure the performance persistence of active funds that outperformed their peers and benchmarks over consecutive three- and five-year periods. Persistence of outperformance is an additional test that reveals fund managers’ skills in different market environments.
  • SPIVA® Japan Mid-Year 2018 Scorecard

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 06 Nov 2018
    Views: 164
    Downloads: 3
    The SPIVA Japan Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Japanese mutual funds against their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year investment horizons.
  • China market strategy — Market rescue: Will it work?

    Source: Hong Hao,CFA
    Date Submitted: 29 Oct 2018
    Views: 773
    Downloads: 0
    China has undertaken urgent measures to boost its declining stock market. Will they work?
  • 【中国市场策略】救市会成功吗?

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 Oct 2018
    Views: 122
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 29 October 2018.  
  • VIDEO: How important is global diversification?

    Source: James Garcelon, Randall O'Leary
    Date Submitted: 29 Oct 2018
    Views: 339
    Downloads: 0
    How are index-based strategies being used to eliminate home bias? Shaunessy Investment Counsel’s James Garcelon joins S&P DJI’s Randall O’Leary to discuss the role of indexing in building diverse global portfolios. (Video: 6 min)
  • SPIVA India Scorecard Mid-Year 2018

    Source: Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 24 Oct 2018
    Views: 121
    Downloads: 8
    The SPIVA India Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Indian mutual funds compared with their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year investment horizons.
  • The growth of sidecar joint ventures in aviation

    Source: David Yu
    Date Submitted: 29 Oct 2018
    Views: 247
    Downloads: 11
    As new capital looks to enter the aircraft leasing business, sidecar arrangements allow investors to benefit from experience and expertise of established lessors, who in return gain access to more opportunities.
     
  • Drivers and policies affecting China's cross-border investment and financing in aviation

    Source: David Yu
    Date Submitted: 24 Oct 2018
    Views: 261
    Downloads: 18
    Chinese outbound M&A deals have grown exponentially over the past five years. 
    Aviation, including airports, leasing and technology, as well as tourism are favoured industries that are promoted because of policy considerations and strong underlying stability and economics. 
  • India targets better environmental performance

    Source: Neil McIndoe
    Date Submitted: 24 Oct 2018
    Views: 77
    Downloads: 0

    India's status as the world’s fastest-growing major economy and its fast-growing population raise significant problems for the natural environment on which the country's people and economy depend. These problems could have significant financial consequences.

  • Trade finance scorecard: regulation and market feedback

    Source: Steven Beck, Alexander R. Malaket
    Date Submitted: 22 Oct 2018
    Views: 396
    Downloads: 0
    Recognizing the need for robust regulation of international banking and financial flows, ADB debuts a new tool to identify and overcome challenges linked to global regulations, including their interpretation, implementation, and compliance. The Trade Finance Scorecard identifies seven systemic, macro-level elements that are critical to effective regulation.
     
  • Kuznets beyond Kuznets: Structural transformation and income inequality in the era of globalization in Asia

    Source: Saumik Paul
    Date Submitted: 22 Oct 2018
    Views: 79
    Downloads: 0
    Based on empirical studies of a broad selection of Asian countries, this e-book brings together novel conceptual frameworks and empirical evidence on topics related to structural transformation, globalization, and income distribution. 
  • Bank of Japan's ETF purchases as an unprecedented monetary easing policy

    Source: Sayuri Shirai
    Date Submitted: 22 Oct 2018
    Views: 939
    Downloads: 0
    The Bank of Japan's unique quantitative easing tool - purchase of stocks through exchange-traded funds (ETFs) - has affected stock prices and raised concerns about decline of corporate governance, since BOJ is a silent shareholder. Is it time for BOJ to unwind it?
     
  • Inclusive business financing: Where commercial opportunity and sustainability converge

    Source: Noah Beckwith
    Date Submitted: 24 Oct 2018
    Views: 870
    Downloads: 0
    Inclusive businesses help reduce poverty and inequality. Financial institutions have a role to play in financing such businesses through bank debt and private equity, which represent opportunities for investors. 
  • Migration and remittances for development in Asia

    Source: Asian Development Bank, World Bank
    Date Submitted: 24 Oct 2018
    Views: 79
    Downloads: 0
    Remittances play a significant role in the economies of many countries in Asia-Pacific. While online platforms provide cost-efficient channels, remittance-linked investment instruments can better support the countries' growth and development. 
     
  • NZIER Consensus Forecasts shows a softer growth outlook

    Source: New Zealand Institute of Economic Research
    Date Submitted: 24 Oct 2018
    Views: 402
    Downloads: 0
    NZIER's economic outlook for the next two years for household and government spending, investment in construction, export, labour market, inflation and interest rates.
  • VIDEO: ​SPIVA India Year-End 2017 Scorecard

    Source: Neyaz Shaikh, Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 22 Oct 2018
    Views: 151
    Downloads: 0
    How do active managers stack up to their benchmarks in India? Join Neyaz Shaikh and Akash Jain from S&P BSE Indices as they dive into the SPIVA data. (Video: 3 min.)
  • Understanding the investment fundamentals of the palm oil industry

    Source: Eunice Chu, ACCA, Clara Melot, Joyce Lam, Alan Lok, CFA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 2470
    Downloads: 178
    Part of the series "Sector analysis: a framework for investors"

    From cooking oil to biofuel, to the oleochemicals used in food additives, soaps, cosmetics, lubricants, and textiles, palm oil and its refined derivatives touch our lives in many ways. Given the commodity’s ubiquity, we decided to perform some extraction of our own, and provide insights into the factors and dynamics to consider when analysing companies involved in the production of palm oil.

    The report contains a full sector analysis for the palm oil industry and a question bank. 

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
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  • Trade tensions will hurt all stock markets

    Source: Jodie Gunzberg
    Date Submitted: 04 Nov 2018
    Views: 1282
    Downloads: 0
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently released the October 2018 World Economic Outlook, which estimated the impact of global trade tensions on GDP. Overall, the IMF states that the tariffs already in place will hurt GDP and that additional tariffs will weaken it further.
  • Uzbekistan: The som has been stable so far but how long can it last?

    Source: Firdavs Olimov, CFA, Kenneth Lai Kar Mun, CFA, Shawn Abdurakhimov , Hasan Khudoyorov
    Date Submitted: 18 Oct 2018
    Views: 82
    Downloads: 2
    Since one-off devaluation of the Uzbekistani som to 8,100 UZS/USD from 4,210 on 5 September 2017, the currency has been quite stable thanks to growing exports, increasing foreign investments, loans from international financial institutions (EBRD, ADB, etc.), decreasing use of US dollar within Uzbekistan, and a small intervention from Central Bank of Uzbekistan (CBU).
  • VIDEO: ASEAN markets - an emerging growth story

    Source: David Lai, Utkarsh Agrawal, Sam Tsui
    Date Submitted: 11 Oct 2018
    Views: 119
    Downloads: 0
    Premia Partners’ David Lai joins S&P DJI’s Sam Tsui and Utkarsh Agrawal to discuss what’s driving growth in the emerging ASEAN region. (Video: 6 min)
  • How Important Are Earnings Revisions Signals for Fundamental Factor Strategies in Asia?

    Source: Utkarsh Agrawal
    Date Submitted: 08 Oct 2018
    Views: 169
    Downloads: 0
    Since the Asian market is highly fragmented and the distribution of each underlying factor may be different, we examined the earnings revision screen overlay on each underlying factor for both value and quality in our new research paper, “Earnings Revision Overlay on Fundamental Factors in Asia.”
  • Rotation strategies and their role in the Australian market

    Source: Priscilla Luk, Utkarsh Agrawal
    Date Submitted: 07 Nov 2018
    Views: 1049
    Downloads: 34
    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 

    Can sector price momentum be successfully exploited in sector allocation to deliver excess returns? How does the performance of the cyclical sectors compare with defensive ones in the long term? 
    The authors use the S&P/ASX 200 GICS sector indices to answer these questions and to design a dynamic allocation strategy that produces a 5.2% excess return compared with the Australian market.
  • In the name of growth 

    Source: CAPER
    Date Submitted: 10 Oct 2018
    Views: 2450
    Downloads: 29
    Two recent, large fundraising developments in China, by HIllhouse Capital Group, a private equity investment management firm, and Ant Financial, a fintech company affiliated with Alibaba, underscore investors' confidence in China's growth. 
  • SGX retail stocks adapt to ride e-commerce wave

    Source: SGX Research Team
    Date Submitted: 04 Oct 2018
    Views: 735
    Downloads: 6
    SGX looks at companies listed in Singapore whose primary business includes traditional and online retail as well as e-commerce operations. It examines which companies have best adapted to the growth of the e-commerce industry.
  • SGX healthcare stocks raised US$1 billion in last five years

    Source: SGX Research Team
    Date Submitted: 07 Oct 2018
    Views: 44
    Downloads: 4
    An overview of the capital-raising activities of healthcare companies listed on the Singapore Exchange between 2013 and 2018. The 31 companies constituting the SGX All-Healthcare Index raised US$1 billion during that period, through primary and secondary activities.
  • CFAM-FDU - Initial coin offerings and platform building

    Source: Jiasun Li, William Mann
    Date Submitted: 07 Oct 2018
    Views: 1156
    Downloads: 51
    As initial coin offerings (ICOs) explode in popularity in the startup world, they are surrounded by controversy. The response of market practitioners and regulators has varied, from enthusiasm to outright bans. Li and Mann offer an economic analysis of the role of ICOs in development of platforms. They analyze economic efficiency to pinpoint when token sales create value. Their findings have implications for regulators and practitioners in the booming ICO market.
  • “Counter-cyclical” adjustment factor resumed to anchor Chinese currency

    Source: Jack Jiang
    Date Submitted: 02 Oct 2018
    Views: 225
    Downloads: 0
    The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced on August 24 that China’s CNY fixing reporting banks have resumed the counter-cyclical adjustment (CCA) factor in the CNY official midpoint this month. 
  • Quoting activity and the cost of capital

    Source: Ioanid Rosu, Elvira Sojli, Wing Wah Tham
    Date Submitted: 04 Oct 2018
    Views: 103
    Downloads: 5
    A study of how market makers set their quotes and how the frequency of quotes with respect to trades affects the mispricing and the cost of capital. The dealers' quote rate is higher for neglected stocks and when investors are more precisely informed. Such stocks turn out to have lower average returns. 
  • Measuring volatility in Australia

    Source: Berlinda Liu
    Date Submitted: 04 Oct 2018
    Views: 286
    Downloads: 4
    Responding to the need for a VIX-type index reflecting Australian equity market uncertainty, S&P Dow Jones Indices launched the S&P/ASX 200 VIX in 2010. The index has proven to be a good gauge of the volatility of the Australian equity market and has shown a strong negative correlation with the local market.
  • SPIVA® Australia Mid-Year 2018 Scorecard 

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 02 Oct 2018
    Views: 70
    Downloads: 2
    The SPIVA Australia Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Australian mutual funds against their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, 10-, and 15-year investment horizons.
  • Catch-up cycle: a general equilibrium framework

    Source: Liu Peilin, Jia Shen, Xun Zhang
    Date Submitted: 07 Oct 2018
    Views: 53
    Downloads: 0
    Some latecomer economies, such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan or Singapore have succeed in catching up with developed economies, while others have not. How can we describe the process of catching-up? Do policy choices dealing with different stages of economic catching-up differ? Liu and Jia analyze the common characteristics that the successful latecomer economies share and provide policy implications for those latecomer economies which have just begun to catch-up.
  • Impact of Fukushima nuclear disaster on oil-consuming sectors of Japan

    Source: Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Naoyuki Yoshino, Ehsan Rasoulinezhad
    Date Submitted: 04 Oct 2018
    Views: 87
    Downloads: 0
    The Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 has caused Japan to shut down its nuclear power plants and become more dependent on imported fossil fuels. How did this transition affected the elasticity of oil consumption to crude oil price in Japan's various economic sectors? What does Japan need to do to raise its energy self-dependency and security?
  • East Asian integration towards an East Asian economic community

    Source: Christopher M. Dent
    Date Submitted: 04 Oct 2018
    Views: 44
    Downloads: 0
    East Asian efforts to build a regional economic community are occurring at multiple levels in various parts of the region, and regarding different sectors or issues. The process has already been well under way for some time now, albeit in a somewhat haphazard and mostly disjointed manner. Christopher M. Dent examines the key dimensions of East Asia’s integration, how they have developed over time, and what likely paths lie ahead in the endeavour to strengthen regional economic community-building.
  • Understanding the Investment Fundamentals of Airlines. A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors"

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 57680
    Downloads: 737
    INTRODUCTION TO AIRLINE SECTOR ANALYSIS: A FRAMEWORK FOR INVESTORS

    The key to a company’s success depends on how well it executes its business model. This calls for optimising the allocation of limited resources to generate sustainable cash flows, for investing in new products, technologies, and services in responding to the wider competitive landscape or societal changes and mega trends, as well as for devising appropriate responses in the face of an evolving macroeconomic, regulatory, and political environment.  

    Different industries often require very different business models; and even within the same industry, the model that does add value to the business may vary somewhat from company to company.  

    To help investors undertake proper due diligence on a company, we have generated a framework of analysis designed to tease out the following: (1) whether the pertinent factors favour the firm in question; and (2) whether management is effective in executing its business model or value-generating strategies, while responding appropriately to its external environment.

    This framework is customised to specific sectors and incorporates interviews with professionals within those sectors. 

    AIRLINE INDUSTRY

    Perhaps it’s the thrill of voyaging to a far-flung, unfamiliar place. Maybe it’s the teasing prospect of a seat or—even better—an earnings upgrade. Whatever our reasons, we remain seduced and frustrated by the airline industry.

    In a 2007 letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett observed that: The worst sort of business is one that grows rapidly, requires significant capital to engender the growth, then earns little or no money—think airlines. Here a durable competitive advantage has proven elusive ever since the days of the Wright Brothers. Indeed, if a farsighted capitalist had been present at Kitty Hawk, he would have done his successors a huge favor by shooting Orville down.

    In the beginning, airlines were a must-have sovereign accessory, an essential strategic asset with monopoly powers that conferred national pride and international prestige. That said, packing a soft-power punch wasn’t cheap, and the industry was replete with loss-making state-owned companies.
    To the relief of investors (and taxpayers), economic sanity eventually prevailed and privatisation, together with the introduction of low-cost carriers (LCCs), helped to forge a
    more sensible trading environment.

    Old habits die hard, though, and aspects of a state-owned past haunt the airline industry. Intergovernmental deals dictate which airlines can fly and where they can land, and despite cheaper alternatives, national airlines still locate their hubs on their home turf. Industry pricing is also quixotic: a flight with two stopovers may be 40% cheaper than a shorter, more fuel-efficient, direct journey.
     
    To read more, download the full sector analysis for the airline industry with accompanying question bank below.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
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  • Fixed Income Asset Allocation Insights: Remaining Patient in Emerging Markets

    Source: Robert Vanden Assem, CFA
    Date Submitted: 11 Sep 2018
    Views: 117
    Downloads: 15
    The worsening Turkish currency crisis has led to fears of contagion within emerging markets (EM) debt, widening the EM/US spread differential to historic levels. That is due in part, however, to US investment grade (IG) and high-yield (HY) bonds benefiting from stronger-than-expected earnings, a relatively light new issuance calendar and positive fund flows from retail mutual fund and ETF investors. With our target allocations unchanged, we continue to favor EM debt, which we expect to benefit from attractive valuations, positive trade developments and a moderation in US dollar strengthening. We also continue to find attractively priced IG and HY credits.
  • The S&P BSE 500: How Has it Performed?

    Source: Mahavir Kaswa
    Date Submitted: 25 Sep 2018
    Views: 359
    Downloads: 0
    In this post, we will review the historical performance of the S&P BSE 500.
  • Rotate Factors Tactically With the S&P Economic Cycle Factor Rotator Index

    Source: Ellen Law, Priscilla Luk, Tianyin Cheng
    Date Submitted: 07 Sep 2018
    Views: 916
    Downloads: 0
    What tools are available in the market to capture factor returns and navigate the business cycle? S&P DJI’s Priscilla Luk, Tianyin Cheng, and Ellen Law discuss a new factor rotation strategy.
  • Earnings Revision Overlay on Fundamental Factors in Asia

    Source: Utkarsh Agrawal
    Date Submitted: 11 Sep 2018
    Views: 223
    Downloads: 0
    In this research paper, we explore the effect of implementing earnings revision strategies over traditional fundamental factor portfolios across seven Pan Asian markets—Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan—between Mar. 31, 2006, and Mar. 31, 2018.
  • IPO Note on VFS Thread Dyeing Limited

    Source: Tajkera Rahman
    Date Submitted: 06 Sep 2018
    Views: 111
    Downloads: 7
    VFS Thread Dyeing Ltd. is engaged in dyeing and finishing of different types of sewing thread and supplying the same to 100% export oriented readymade garments company. The company has undertaken a project to increase the capacity of the production units for which it has collected BDT 177.4mn from IPO. 
  • Tackling False Positives in Finance: A Statistical Toolbox with Applications

    Source: Jae H. Kim
    Date Submitted: 04 Sep 2018
    Views: 103
    Downloads: 6
    Serious concerns have been raised that false positive findings are widespread in empirical research in business disciplines. This is largely because researchers almost exclusively adopt the "p-value less than 0.05" criterion for statistical significance; and they are often not fully aware of large-sample biases which can potentially mislead their research outcomes.  This paper proposes that a statistical toolbox (rather than a single hammer) be used in empirical research, which offers researchers a range of statistical instruments, including  alternatives to the p-value criterion and cautionary analyses for large-sample bias. It is found that the positive results obtained under the p-value criterion cannot stand, when the toolbox is applied to three notable studies in finance.
  • S&P 500 2017: Global Sales

    Source: Howard Silverblatt
    Date Submitted: 10 Sep 2018
    Views: 711
    Downloads: 10
    Get insight into where large-cap American companies are selling their goods and services.
  • Central Securities LLC Equity Research : Gobi JSC 

    Source: Bayarsaikhan Davaadorj, CFA
    Date Submitted: 10 Sep 2018
    Views: 653
    Downloads: 21
    Central Securities LLC introduces the equity valuation report of Gobi JSC. 
  • 【中国市场策略】中美周期的冲突

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 04 Sep 2018
    Views: 133
    Downloads: 2
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 3 September 2018.  
  • China Market Strategy - The Colliding Cycles of the US and China

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 09 Oct 2018
    Views: 1934
    Downloads: 54
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 3 September 2018.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 
     
  • Indexing With Large Caps at the Core

    Source: Koel Ghosh
    Date Submitted: 31 Aug 2018
    Views: 98
    Downloads: 0
    The support from the Indian government via the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, which are promoting investment in ETFs, has helped with the acceptance and adoption of passive investing.
  • Singapore’s Billionaire Stocks with an Agriculture Focus

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 31 Aug 2018
    Views: 109
    Downloads: 4
    • Singapore lists six stocks with a market capitalisation above S$1 billion that maintain a significant Agriculture business. Swings of the six stocks in recent years have coincided with swings of international agriculture commodity prices.
    • Institutions have been net buyers of four of the six stocks over the first seven months of 2018. Overall the six stocks were together subject to net buy inflows totalling S$81 million, led by inflows into Wilmar International, Japfa and Olam International.
    • In the 2018 YTD, the six stocks averaged 4% gains compared to the global agriculture benchmarks generating marginal declines. Four of the six reported net profit growth in 2QFY18 & Japfa’s stock performance is the strongest of the six in the 2018 YTD.
  • Singapore’s Highest ROE Billionaire Plays

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 31 Aug 2018
    Views: 935
    Downloads: 19
    Singapore’s Highest ROE Billionaire Plays
    • SGX lists close to 100 stocks with market cap above S$1 Billion and a ROE of above 10%. Over the last 12 months, Banks and Consumer stocks were the strongest play among the list of highest ROE billionaire stocks compared to the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI).
    • Amongst the list, seven are trusts (REITS, Stapled Trusts or Business Trusts) and the remaining 32 are companies spanning across multiple industries including Banks, Consumer, Technology and Property Developers.
    • The five companies with the highest ROE include StarHub (44.6%), Singapore Exchange (34.1%), M1 Limited (29.1%), Sheng Siong Group (26.8%) and Dairy Farm Int’l (25.7%).
    • Over the last 12 months, the five best performers were DBS (+30.9%), Sheng Siong Group (+24.4%), UOB (+19.4%), Venture Corp (+19.1%) and Dairy Farm Int’l (+17.1%). Collectively, these five stocks produced an average 1 year total return of +22.2%.
  • Strong Buyback Momentum Continued into Mid-August

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 31 Aug 2018
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Strong Buyback Momentum Continued into Mid-August
    • For the first 12 sessions of August 2018, share buyback consideration has exceeded S$100 million. This is the seventh successive month the S$100 million threshold has been crossed, with buyback consideration in excess of S$1 billion for the 2018 YTD.
    • The 23 stocks that have conducted share buybacks in the August MTD have bought back a total of 17.7 million shares for a consideration of S$116.5 million. The buyback consideration was led by DBS Group Holdings, United Overseas Bank and CapitaLand.
    • The August MTD has also seen fresh buyback mandates commence for City Developments, Hi-P International, Singapore Shipping Corporation, Ban Leong Technologies, Japan Foods Holding, Maxi-Cash Financial Services Corporation & Star Pharmaceutical.
  • Overview of Uzbekistan Automotive Sector 

    Source: Kenneth Lai, Veysal Usmanov, Shawn Abdurakhimov
    Date Submitted: 09 Sep 2018
    Views: 741
    Downloads: 28
    Including 85 member enterprises, UzAvroSanoat is the only producer of light and commercial vehicles in Uzbekistan. It has started 21 year ago since construction of the first automotive plant in Central Asia in Asaka, Andijan region. In 2004, "Uzavtosanoat" Association was transformed into Joint-Stock Company with the aim of production management efficiency growth.
  • Considering the Risk From Future Carbon Prices: The S&P Carbon Price Risk Adjusted Index Series

    Source: Hannah Skeates, Andrew Innes
    Date Submitted: 23 Apr 2019
    Views: 1240
    Downloads: 12
    S&P Dow Jones Indices launched the S&P Carbon Price Risk Adjusted Indices to embed future carbon price risk into today’s index constituents, an example of the broader move toward incorporating ESG considerations in asset management.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 
  • Corporate Climate Competitiveness: Growing Your Business, Optimizing Investments, and Managing Costs

    Source: Christopher Baldock, Teri Mendelsohn
    Date Submitted: 26 Aug 2018
    Views: 211
    Downloads: 7
    Businesses that successfully decarbonize their operations in line with global energy transition commitments may be more likely to protect their license to grow and avoid increased costs from carbon pricing.
  • A Glance at the Performance of Emerging ASEAN Markets

    Source: Utkarsh Agrawal
    Date Submitted: 22 Aug 2018
    Views: 137
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    In this post, let’s take a deeper look at how the emerging ASEAN equity markets—consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—performed historically.
  • Measuring Indian Equities: The S&P BSE 500

    Source: Mahavir Kaswa
    Date Submitted: 26 Aug 2018
    Views: 311
    Downloads: 20
    This paper discusses the construction and attributes of the S&P BSE 500 and compares it with other popular equity indices in the Indian market.
  • Taking Stock of Singapore’s Recent Manufacturing Growth

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 19 Aug 2018
    Views: 398
    Downloads: 5
    Taking Stock of Singapore’s Recent Manufacturing Growth
    • Singapore’s Manufacturing sector grew by a robust 10.2% YoY in 2Q18, extending the 10.8% YoY growth in 1Q18 and 10.1% YoY expansion in 2017. Manufacturing has been a keen driver of Singapore’s GDP growth which has been on trending higher since the end of 2015.
    • ST Engineering, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, Venture Corp, Sembcorp Marine and Haw Par Corp are amongst Singapore’s five biggest manufacturing plays excluding F&B manufacturing. Since the end of 2015, the five stocks have averaged a 51% total return.
    • The five stocks have also recently reported their 2QFY18 and 1HFY18 earnings, with four stocks reporting net profit growth. These four stocks averaged 2QFY18 net profit growth of 40% YoY and 1HFY18 net profit growth of 35% YoY.
  • Largest ASEAN Value Stocks Edged Ahead of Region Over Past 12M

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 19 Aug 2018
    Views: 91
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    Largest ASEAN Value Stocks Edged Ahead of Region Over Past 12M
    • The FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index has generated a 12% total return in SGD terms over the past 12 months, outperforming both the FTSE/ASEAN 40 Index with a 10% total return and FTSE ASEAN All-Share Index with a 3% total return
    • The FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index is comprised of the largest capitalised stocks of the FTSE Global All Cap Index that meet three sets of value-investing screening criteria, namely Contrarian, Quality & Valuation screenings which are then ranked by lowest P/E Ratios.
    • Singapore’s 10 constituents of the FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index have averaged a 9% total return over the past 12M, ranging from -12% for Jardine C&C to 30% for DBS Group Holdings. In May 2018, two stocks, A-REIT and Venture, re-joined the Index.
  • Equity Report on Unique Hotel and Resorts

    Source: Tajkera Rahman
    Date Submitted: 16 Aug 2018
    Views: 287
    Downloads: 25
    Unique Hotel and Resorts Limited is a hotel & hospitality management company which is the owner of “The Westin Dhaka”.The principal activity of the Company is to carry out the hotel business. The business activities connected with the hotel business is carried out through a Management Contract between Unique Hotel & Resorts Ltd (the Owner) and J.W. Marriott International (the operator). Different hotels & resorts like The Westin Dhaka, Hansa premium serviced apartments etc. are entitled to be managed under this contract
  • 【中国市场策略】向政策再借一命

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 15 Aug 2018
    Views: 87
    Downloads: 0
    his research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 13 August 2018 
  • China Market Strategy - A Lifeline for the Market

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 14 Aug 2018
    Views: 1277
    Downloads: 15
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 13 August 2018.
  • The Growth of Emerging ASEAN

    Source: Utkarsh Agrawal
    Date Submitted: 30 Aug 2018
    Views: 703
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    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is well known for its growth potential among market participants who seek to diversify their exposure within emerging markets.
  • Public Financial Management Systems—Bangladesh: Key Elements from a Financial Management Perspective

    Source:
    Date Submitted: 13 Aug 2018
    Views: 202
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    The Bangladesh Public Financial Management Systems report documents the country’s financial management systems covering primarily the areas of budgeting, funds flow, accounting and reporting, and auditing systems. This report also provides insights into the quality of internal control systems, staffing resource capacity, and information technology structure. The intent is to provide project teams and consultants with a better understanding of financial management systems to improve the quality of financial management assessments during project preparation. Find out how high-quality financial management assessments support projects by identifying key risks and enabling the implementation of appropriate actions and reforms to mitigate those risks.
  • Piloting Results-Based Lending for Programs: Proposed Increase in Resource Allocation Ceiling

    Source:
    Date Submitted: 13 Aug 2018
    Views: 27
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    ADB introduced results-based lending (RBL) for programs in June 2013. RBL was conceived and developed in the context of broader efforts by the international development community to expand the use of results-based financing modalities. It aims to strengthen incentive and accountability for results in development assistance operations by linking loan disbursements with results. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other agencies have been utilizing elements of results-based financing since the late 1990s through such mechanisms as cash on delivery aid, conditional cash transfers, output-based aid, and performance-based contracts. ADB’s Third Primary Education Development Project in Bangladesh approved in July 2011 used a sector-wide approach with ADB financing linked to clearly defined indicators and relying on the government’s treasury system for financial management. The World Bank introduced the program-for-results (PforR) financing instrument in January 2012. ADB built on these discussions in developing its version of results-based financing, RBL. Based on the policy paper entitled Piloting Results-Based Lending for Programs (RBL policy), ADB introduced this new modality on a pilot basis, from 6 June 2013 to 5 June 2019.
  • Public Financial Management Systems—Indonesia: Key Elements from a Financial Management Perspective

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    Date Submitted: 13 Aug 2018
    Views: 178
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    Foreign aid to Indonesia takes the form of loans or grants. The loans can be made either to the government or to state-owned enterprises with a guarantee from the government. This report documents Indonesia’s financial management systems covering budgeting, funds flow monitoring and analysis, accounting and reporting, and auditing. It also provides insights into the quality of internal control systems, staff capacity, and information technology structure. The intent is to provide project teams and consultants with a better understanding of financial management systems during project preparation. Find out how high-quality financial management assessments support project implementation through the identification of key risks and enabling the implementation of mitigating actions and reforms.
  • Greater Mekong Subregion: Overview of the Regional Investment Framework 2022

    Source: ADBI
    Date Submitted: 26 Aug 2018
    Views: 100
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    The Regional Investment Framework 2022 (RIF 2022) is the medium-term pipeline of priority projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). It is a consolidation and expansion of the earlier RIF 2013–2022, and continues to operationalize the strategic priorities of the GMS Program under the GMS Strategic Framework 2012–2022 and the Ha Noi Action Plan 2018–2022.

    The RIF 2022 covers a wide range of sectors including transport, energy, environment, agriculture, health and human resource development, information and communication technology, tourism, transport and trade facilitation, and urban development.

    This pipeline is intended to be used as an instrument to have greater alignment between regional and national planning for GMS projects and as a tool to galvanize new financing for projects.
  • Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program: Annex to the Regional Investment Framework 2022: Project Pipeline

    Source:
    Date Submitted: 13 Aug 2018
    Views: 7
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    The Regional Investment Framework 2022 (RIF 2022) is the medium term pipeline of priority projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). It is a consolidation and expansion of the earlier Regional Investment Framework (2013-2022) and continues to operationalize the strategic priorities of the GMS Program under the GMS Strategic Framework (2012-2022) and the Hanoi Action Plan 2018-2022 (HAP). The RIF 2022 covers a wide range of sectors including transport, energy, environment, agriculture, health and human resource development, information and communication technology, tourism, transport and trade facilitation, and urban development. This pipeline is intended to be used as an instrument to have greater alignment between regional and national planning for GMS projects and as a tool to galvanize new financing for projects.
  • Results Framework Indicator Definitions

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    Date Submitted: 13 Aug 2018
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    This document provides definitions and data compilation methodologies for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) results framework indicators listed in ADB’s Transitional Results Framework, 2017–2020. Definitions of standard explanatory data indicators are included in a separate note. This guidance is for internal use by ADB staff. It will be updated as necessary to reflect good practices and lessons learned.
  • Solutions for Agricultural Transformation Insights on Knowledge-Intensive Agriculture

    Source: Asian Development Bank
    Date Submitted: 26 Aug 2018
    Views: 87
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    As of 2015, the number of hungry people still reached 777 million. Similarly, the Millennium Development Goals aimed to halve the proportion of hungry people, from 23.2% in 1990-1992 to 11.6% by 2015. Agriculture is now at a crossroad. Its resource base is shrinking, and the productivity of the resource is declining. Existing agricultural production systems with heavy dependence on different inputs have become increasingly untenable. Fortunately, technological innovations and improvements create opportunities for a paradigm shift from labor and resource-intensive to knowledge-intensive agriculture. In a workshop organized by the Asian Development Bank, stakeholders exchanged experiences and ideas on how to design and implement measures to build a knowledge-intensive agriculture. This report summarizes the key messages from the workshop.
  • Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific

    Source: Asian Development Bank
    Date Submitted: 26 Aug 2018
    Views: 566
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    Asia and the Pacific has made great strides in poverty reduction and economic growth in the past 50 years. It aspires to make even greater leaps going forward. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been a key partner in the significant transformation of the region and is committed to continue serving the region in the next phase of its development. The new long-term corporate strategy to 2030—Strategy 2030—aims to set the course for ADB’s efforts to respond effectively to the region’s changing needs. It builds on various assessments of ADB performance, including the Midterm Review of Strategy 2020, development effectiveness reviews (DEfRs), and studies by the Independent Evaluation Department (IED).
  • Instability in the Pacific Islands: A status report

    Source: Stewart Firth
    Date Submitted: 02 Sep 2018
    Views: 38
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    The Pacific Islands are highly diverse in political status, population, development, migration prospects, and potential for instability. Resilience is most under challenge in western Melanesia: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are states-in-formation characterised by extraordinary linguistic and group diversity giving rise to weak consciousness of nationhood. Fiji is different: a weak democracy but a strong state. Many observers see increasing tensions, disputes, and violence over land in Pacific urban areas as people’s traditional connections with rural villages diminish and landlessness becomes more common.
  • Getting Singapore in shape: Economic challenges and how to meet them

    Source: Manu Bhaskaran
    Date Submitted: 06 Sep 2018
    Views: 888
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    This Analysis assesses the two main adjustment mechanisms for dealing with such challenges: the government’s top-down policy interventions and the more spontaneous bottom-up adjustments by companies. It argues that Singapore’s economic model may not be evolving quickly enough to allow the country to adjust successfully to its domestic and external challenges. It also argues that bolder and more rigorous changes are needed in the policy sphere to overcome these challenges.
  • Tapping Technology to Maximize the Longevity Dividend in Asia

    Source: Asian Development Bank
    Date Submitted: 09 Oct 2018
    Views: 2439
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    This article qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    Asia is graying rapidly: its share of senior population aged 65 and over will double from 9.2% in 2020, to 18% in 2050. Some countries will experience a drastic reduction of its working-age population (ages 15-64), as well as aging of the current workforce. This report explores the role and potential of technology in addressing economic and labor market opportunities and challenges posed by aging. It shows how technology can harness gains from the longevity dividend and draws together national and regional policy recommendations for countries in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Land Acquisition and Infrastructure Development Through Land Trust Laws: A Policy Framework for Asia

    Source: Naoyuki Yoshino, Saumik Paul, Vengadeshvaran Sarma, Saloni Lakhia
    Date Submitted: 02 Sep 2018
    Views: 722
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    The “land question” has invigorated agrarian studies and economic history since Marx and early 20th century writers on agrarian questions. In countries that allow private land ownership, compulsory land acquisition is the right and action of the government to take property not owned by it for public use. In the long run, growth dividends from infrastructure development and industrialization are likely to be materialized, and acquisition of land to facilitate such process remains one of the main development challenges in many Asian countries. The recent political upheaval transgressing from the industrialization drive through forcible land-grab in many parts of Asia (India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines in particular) point to the need for a sustainable policy—a framework that results in a positive sum game, benefiting the landowners without hurting the growth prospects. Combining the tools from the fields of law and economics, we propose the land trust or land lease for the development of infrastructure investment and industrialization purposes. We argue that this is one of the best ways to increase the rate of return to invite private investors into infrastructure investment. Through evidence from the success stories of land trust initiatives in many Asian countries, including India, we aim to showcase the relevance of this alternate method.
  • An Overview of Islamic Banking and Finance in Asia

    Source: Akbar Komijani, Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary
    Date Submitted: 05 Nov 2018
    Views: 1919
    Downloads: 0
    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    The Islamic finance industry has grown substantially in Asia over the last 2 decades. The Muslim populations in different Asian countries, especially in Southeast Asia, are increasing. Rapid Muslim population growth and improving living standards may enhance the popularity of Islamic finance as a keen alternative to conventional financing mechanisms. In addition, investors from the Middle East and Asia are increasingly seeking to invest in products that are in line with their religious beliefs. The governments and financial authorities in several Asian countries have played active roles in promoting the development of Islamic financial markets in line with the efforts to boost investments and achieve sustainable funding to enhance economic growth by tapping the huge liquidity from oil- and commodity-producing countries. The ethical character and financial stability of Islamic financial products may increase their attraction. Islamic financial products have an ethical focus (notably excluding investment in alcohol and gambling) with a risk profile that appeals to wider ethically conscious investors. Given that in Islamic banking returns on investments are based on underlying economic activities and/or assets that structure the contractual relationship between transacting parties, it is possible to use the asset-based nature and risk-sharing aspects of Islamic finance for greater integration with the real economy and to improve the overall economic balance between the real and the finance sector.
  • Dividends Boost Average YTD Returns of Jardine Companies to 8%

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 13 Aug 2018
    Views: 704
    Downloads: 9
    Dividends Boost Average YTD Returns of Jardine Companies to 8%
    • SGX lists Jardine Matheson Holdings and Jardine Strategic Holdings, in addition to four companies held by Jardine Strategic Holdings – Hongkong Land, Dairy Farm International, Mandarin Oriental and Jardine Cycle & Carriage.
    • Four of the stocks represent approx. 13% of the STI and approx. 7% of the MSCI Hong Kong Index. Jardine Matheson, Jardine Strategic and Hongkong Land are in both indices, while Jardine Cycle & Carriage is in the STI and Dairy Farm International is in the MSCI Hong Kong.
    • The six stocks have averaged a 5.9% price gain in the 2018 YTD, with dividends boosting their SGD total return to 7.6% (both in SGD terms). Five of the six stocks are secondary listings and traded in USD, with the primary listed Jardine Cycle & Carriage traded in SGD.
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices Quarterly Islamic Market Review

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
    Views: 130
    Downloads: 0
    Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic indices have outperformed conventional benchmarks through the first half of 2018 driven by underweight to financials.
  • The Use of Index Derivatives in Portfolio Management

    Source: Alka Banerjee
    Date Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
    Views: 197
    Downloads: 0
    The ability to leverage by investing a small amount to gain exposure to a much larger investment is the key benefit of index derivatives.
  • China’s Processing Trade and Value Chains

    Source: Lili Yan Ing, Wei Tian, Miaojie Yu
    Date Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
    Views: 793
    Downloads: 0
    We investigate how trade liberalisation affects the performance of Chinese manufacturing firms. To better understand China’s role in global value chains, we examine Chinese firms with a significant import share from Indonesia, one of its largest processing source countries. We find that Chinese firms with a greater import share from Indonesia perform better in productivity, export, and sales, and they are more likely to engage in processing exports. Moreover, the impact of foreign trade liberalisation on China’s export scope is more pronounced for firms with a larger import share from Indonesia because of their greater extent of engagement in global value chains.
  • The Eurasian Land Bridge: The Role of Service Providers in Linking the Regional Value Chains in East Asia and the European Union

    Source: Richard Pomfret
    Date Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
    Views: 55
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    Rail links between China and Europe are typically analysed in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, focusing on China’s economic rise and the implications for international relations. This paper argues that establishment of the China–Europe Land Bridge predated the Belt and Road Initiative and has been market-driven, as service providers identified and responded to demand for efficient freight services along preexisting railway lines. Governments’ role was trade facilitating, i.e. reducing delays and costs at border crossing points, rather than investing in hard infrastructure. Service Providers responded by linking European and Asian value chains (e.g. in automobiles and electronic goods) and reducing costs for traders shipping between China and Europe. The Eurasian Land Bridge provides a case study of ‘servicification’ as a component of increased trade in the 21st century.
  • Banking system news in Mongolia - Banking Competition Review: 2018 Q1

    Source: Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center
    Date Submitted: 11 Aug 2018
    Views: 79
    Downloads: 0
    Quarterly macroeconomic overview of Mongolia's banking system using charts and graphs produced by the Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center.

     
  • Adjustment to Trade Opening: The Case of Labor Share in India's Manufacturing Industry

    Source: Prachi Gupta, Matthias Helble
    Date Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
    Views: 3
    Downloads: 0
    The objective of this paper is to study how manufacturing plants in India adjusted to trade liberalization during the period 1998–99 to 2007–08. We estimate how the labor share changed due to tariff reduction. Our results indicate that a decline in output tariffs led to an increase in the labor share of income. In contrast, a fall in input tariffs led to a decrease in the labor share. Controlling for factor intensity, we find that in technology intensive and human capital resource intensive sectors, both a decline in input and output tariff rates led to a decline in labor share. A fall in tariffs only led to an increase in labor share for labor intensive and low-technology plants. Hence, India’s bias towards capital and technology intensive production explains the overall decline in labor share in the post reform period. Furthermore, the empirical results show that labor adjustment occurred more efficiently in Indian states with flexible labor laws.
  • Monthly Macroeconomic Overview of Mongolia: April 2018

    Source: Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center
    Date Submitted: 11 Aug 2018
    Views: 55
    Downloads: 0
    Monthly macroeconomic overview of Mongolia using charts and graphs produced by the Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center.
  • Financial Inclusion, Financial Literacy, and Financial Education in Georgia

    Source: Yaroslava Babych, Maya Grigolia, Davit Keshelava
    Date Submitted: 11 Aug 2018
    Views: 145
    Downloads: 0
    In this paper, we provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of financial inclusion and financial literacy in Georgia based on the latest literature, statistical evidence, and recent surveys. The paper reviews current government policy initiatives and strategy documents aimed at improving financial access of SMEs and households; analyzes the state of the regulatory framework in Georgia; focuses on the causes behind the current low levels of financial inclusion and financial literacy among the young, the poor, and the rural population; and provides policy recommendations to comprehensively address the financial inclusion problem in Georgia.
  • International Outsourcing, Environmental Costs, and Welfare

    Source: Jai-Young Choi, Eden S. H. Yu
    Date Submitted: 11 Aug 2018
    Views: 64
    Downloads: 0
    This paper explores the welfare consequences of international outsourcing in the presence of resulting environmental damage in a three-stage model of North–South trade. In stage 1, outsourcing firms in the North (e.g., United States [US] and Europe)cause environmental damage to the vendor country in the South, as exemplified by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). But, as its primary goal, the South pursuing economic development is willing to bear the costs of environmental degradation. Moving into Stage II, the environmental deterioration becomes so severe in the South that the vendor country begins to tackle the environmental problem by enacting government regulations. As a result, the costs and, hence, the prices of outsourced goods and services tend to increase for the firms in the North. However, the environmental protection measures undertaken generally fall short of the levels needed to restore the environmental quality acceptable by WHO standards. We present a framework for analyzing the effects of international outsourcing on environment and, ultimately, social welfare in terms of gains and losses under three alternative scenarios regarding no, partial or full accountability for outsourcing induced environmental damages. The policy implication is clear: to fully resolve the environmental problem in Stage III, the implementation of strong regulations or the fostering international cooperation is desirable; that is, until the environmental costs of outsourcing are fully accounted for by the outsourcing firms in the North. Such firms, however, may react by resorting to insourcing, diversified outsourcing and other strategies.
  • Financial Inclusion, Regulation, Financial Literacy, and Financial Education in Tajikistan

    Source: Roman Mogilevskii, Shokhboz Asadov
    Date Submitted: 11 Aug 2018
    Views: 9
    Downloads: 0
    This paper provides an analysis of financial inclusion, literacy, and education issues in the Republic of Tajikistan. It discusses the recent progress in financial inclusion and the sector’s response to the major external shock associated with the sharp fall in Tajik labor migrants’ remittances. The policies dealing with different aspects of financial inclusion are analyzed with a focus on the regulatory framework, penetration of new financial technologies, and the existing barriers to inclusion. The paper provides a set of recommendations for improving the situation with financial inclusion and financial literacy in the country.
  • Dismissal Laws, Innovation, and Economic Growth

    Source: Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian
    Date Submitted: 11 Aug 2018
    Views: 64
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    I theoretically and empirically show that dismissal laws laws that impose hurdles on fi ring of employees spur innovation and thereby economic growth. Theoretically, dismissal laws make it costly for fi rms to arbitrarily discharge employees. This enables fi rms to commit to not punish short-run failures of employees. Because innovation is inherently risky and employment contracts are incomplete, dismissal laws enable such commitment. Speci cally, absent such laws, firms cannot contractually commit so ex-ante. The commitment provided by dismissal laws encourages employees to exert greater effort in risky, but path-breaking, projects thereby fostering fi rm-level innovation. I provide empirical evidence supporting this thesis using the discontinuity provided by the passage of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Noti cation Act. Using the fact that this Act only applied to firms with 100 or more employees, I undertake difference-in-difference and regression discontinuity tests to provide this evidence. Building on endogenous growth theory, which posits that economic growth stems from innovation, I also show that dismissal laws correlate positively with economic growth. However, other forms of labor laws correlate negatively with economic growth and swamp the positive effect of dismissal laws.
  • Impact Evaluation of Road Improvements and Rural Poverty—Baseline Survey in the Ningxia Liupanshan Area of the People’s Republic of China

    Source: Masahiro Nishimura, Niklas Sieber, Sangui Wang
    Date Submitted: 15 Aug 2018
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    Rural road improvements indirectly benefit the poor by generating more income opportunities. The Asian Development Bank is financing a major road-improvement project in rural areas of the People’s Republic of China. In order to assess the impacts of improved rural transport, two surveys are needed: a baseline survey conducted before project implementation and an ex-post survey conducted after the project’s completion. The impacts can be discerned through a comparison of the surveys’ results. This paper describes the methodology, implementation, and results of the baseline survey.
  • Global Banking Network and Regional Financial Contagion

    Source: Cyn-Young Park, Kwanho Shin
    Date Submitted: 15 Aug 2018
    Views: 87
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    This paper investigates and tests the role of regional exposures in financial contagion from advanced to emerging market economies through the global banking network using data on cross-border bilateral bank claims and liability positions. Results indicate that direct exposures of a country’s own and the overall region’s banking sectors to crisis-affected countries are systematically related to bank capital outflows during the global financial crisis. A further analysis suggests more favorable behavior of the same region lender toward emerging economies during crisis.
  • Guidance for Investing in Digital Health

    Source: Peter Drury, Susann Roth, Tom Jones, Michael Stahl, Donna Medeiros
    Date Submitted: 16 Aug 2018
    Views: 1388
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    Digital technologies are increasingly underpinning almost all aspects of daily life, including health care. The overarching goal is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly universal health coverage, by investing in digital health. Health care systems have begun to embrace the transformative power of information and communication technology to spur better informed decisions by people and health workers in rural areas and hospitals. Many digital health solutions are already in place, and many are planned. This publication helps identify investments in knowledge, people, policies, and equipment that will maximize the impact of digital health. It presents a digital health impact framework to illustrate how to assess costs, benefits, and timescales; manage expectations; and ensure affordable strategies.
  • Tourism as a river of Growth in the Pacific; A Pathway to Growth and Prosperity for Pacific Island Countries

    Source: Hayden Everett, Dain Simpson, Scott Wayne
    Date Submitted: 16 Aug 2018
    Views: 107
    Downloads: 0
    Tourism in the Pacific is increasing and will be a key driver of economic growth in the coming decade. Yet despite more visitors to the Pacific, tourism growth is not inevitable for all countries in the region. This brief identifies the trends driving this increase. To secure and sustainably harness the benefits of this growth, this brief recommends that Pacific island countries create an enabling environment for tourism through interventions in four areas: tourism policy, strategy, and the regulatory environment; infrastructure; human resources; and product development and marketing.
  • Closing the Financing Gap in Asian Infrastructure

    Source: Sungsup Ra, Zhigang Li
    Date Submitted: 09 Oct 2018
    Views: 1951
    Downloads: 0
    This article qualifies for 0.75 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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    Infrastructure investment in Asia, both in economic and social infrastructure, faces a massive financing gap despite the region’s high savings. The cause of this gap is a capital flow paradox in which Asia’s outflow of portfolio funds far exceeds the inflow. To change this, three areas must be improved: innovative measures to mitigate constraints, preparation of bankable projects, and mitigation of risks. This study provides an overview of key issues in filling infrastructure financing gaps in Asia, and presents examples from actual investment projects to illustrate latest developments addressing some fundamental constraints.
  • Trade Costs, Time, and Supply Chain Reliability

    Source: Utsav Kumar, Ben Shepherd, Roselle Dime
    Date Submitted: 17 Aug 2018
    Views: 64
    Downloads: 0
    This paper uses measures of international transport time in median and standard deviation based on shipment-level data from the Universal Postal Union, to analyze the effect of time on trade costs. The results show that median shipping times increase trade costs by a substantial amount. The determinants of shipping times are also analyzed and find that geographical distance is the most reliable indicator of median time and uncertainty, with logistics performance also playing a role in determining shipment times.
  • Switzerland: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2018

    Source: ADBI
    Date Submitted: 17 Aug 2018
    Views: 83
    Downloads: 0
    Switzerland has contributed $882.25 million in capital subscription as of 31 December 2017. It has contributed and committed $622.40 million to Special Funds since joining in 1967. Companies and consultants from Switzerland have since been awarded $678.89 million in procurement contracts on ADB-financed projects. In 2017, the lending volume was $18.72 billion (111 projects), with technical assistance at $200.53 million (246 projects) and grant-financed projects at $597.49 million (24 projects). In addition, $11.92 billion was generated in direct value-added cofinancing.
  • Greater Bay Area Opportunities - Capitalising Hong Kong's Unique Edge

    Source: Eunice Chu,Sonia Khao
    Date Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
    Views: 1031
    Downloads: 16

    ACCA Hong Kong conducted a member survey in January 2018 to seek the views of professional accountants in Hong Kong on the GBA initiative.

    Four key recommendations 

    Through this careful study and consultation, ACCA Hong Kong lays out a series of recommendations in the report for consideration:

    1. Conduct thorough research and studies on the strengths and needs of each city, enabling member cities to understand what they offer and to who they can offer
    2. Take action to attract, retain and develop talent capable of meeting the growing workforce demnads in the GBA
    3. Set up a GBA committee to facilitate Hong Kong as the Super Connector between the mainland and the international community
    4. Offer the right tax incentives to increase the city'es competitiveness and spark new momentum,

     
  • Request for Comments - Industry Credit Guidelines: Chinese Homebuilders and Property Developers

    Source: Winnie Guo, Tony Tang
    Date Submitted: 05 Aug 2018
    Views: 794
    Downloads: 12

    HONG KONG, 3 August 2018. Pengyuan International (“PENGYUAN”) has today released its  Industry Credit Guidelines for the Chinese Homebuilders and Property Developers for public consultation.

     

    These criteria will be effective immediately on the date of final publication. We intend to complete a review of all affected ratings, if any, within the next six months. We expect no impacts on our current rating portfolio. We would appreciate comments on these draft criteria from investors and other market participants. The request-for-comment versions of these reports are available via the links below.

     

     

    Our Industry Credit Guidelines: Chinese Homebuilders and Property Developers describe our analytical approach to assessing the credit risks of companies that have more than 50% revenue generated from China homebuilder and property developer industry. These criteria are developed within the framework of PENGYUAN’s General Corporate Rating Criteria and are supplementary to our General Corporate Rating Criteria. In addition to the credit ratios that are used in the Corporate Rating Criteria, PENGYUAN considers specific credit factors that capture the risks from China homebuilder and property developer industry, which are assessed to derive a company’s indicative credit score. 

  • Bangladesh Strategy 2018 - A challenging year for equities

    Source: Asif Khan, CFA, Nasrin Akter Proma, Mustavi Zaman Khan
    Date Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
    Views: 3177
    Downloads: 198
    Bangladesh Strategy 2018 - A challenging year for equities
  • Five Best-Performing Small-Cap China Plays Avg 82% YTD Return

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 02 Aug 2018
    Views: 135
    Downloads: 4
    • There are nearly 200 companies listed on SGX that have a market cap range of S$100 million to slightly above S$2 billion. Based on classifications by the FTSE ST Index series, these stocks fall into the small-cap category.
    • Within this universe of 200 small-cap stocks, more than 30 of them derive 50% and above of group revenues from China. They are categorised to the Real Estate, Consumer, Industrials, Materials, IT, Utilities, Energy, Health Care, and Financial sectors.
    • Among these small-cap China plays, the five best performers are: Techcomp (+143.9%), Delong (+115.1%), China Sunsine Chemical (+76.2%), Weiye (+40.2%), and Memtech International (+33.5%). They have averaged a total return of 81.8% in the YTD, bringing their 12-month and three-year average total returns to 122.9% and 252.5% respectively.
  • Five Best-Performing Healthcare Service Providers Avg 8% MTD Return

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 02 Aug 2018
    Views: 1209
    Downloads: 7
    • There are 18 healthcare service providers listed on SGX that operate patient care services and facilities in Singapore and globally. These facilities include laboratories, hospitals, and clinics that offer treatments ranging from family medicine, dentistry, endoscopy and TCM, to aesthetics, gynaecology, oncology, orthopaedics and ophthalmology.
    • In the July MTD, the five best-performing healthcare service providers were: Aoxin Q & M Dental (+11.6%), Raffles Medical (+10.8%), Q & M Dental (+7.8%), TalkMed (+4.9%), and Singapore O&G (+4.4%). These five healthcare plays have averaged a MTD total return of 7.9%, bringing their YTD and one-year total returns to -2.4% and -8.5% respectively.
    • Thomson Medical, one of the latest additions to the healthcare plays on SGX, is Singapore’s second-largest healthcare services provider with a market capitalisation of more than S$2 billion. Previously known as Rowsley Ltd, it began trading on SGX Mainboard under its new name on 30 April 2018.
  • Shariah Report 2018 Q2

    Source: John Welling, Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 30 Jul 2018
    Views: 63
    Downloads: 1
    Take a look at how the Shariah Indices performed in the 2018 Q2.
  • Women May Nurse This Old Stock Market Bull

    Source: Jodie Gunzberg
    Date Submitted: 27 Jul 2018
    Views: 25
    Downloads: 0
    If the U.S. were to increase women’s LFPR to that of other advanced countries, S&P Global Ratings estimates an addition $455 billion output could be added to its baseline forecast for growth, or alternatively could add 0.2 percentage point per year on average for the next ten years.
  • Equity Valuation Report on IFAD Autos Limited

    Source: Md. Nazmus Sakib
    Date Submitted: 26 Jul 2018
    Views: 339
    Downloads: 56
    IFAD Autos Limited (IAL) is capitalizing the favorable industry dynamics posting a robust growth in sales, 5 Years (2011-12 to 2016-17) CAGR of 19.78%. The trend is likely to continue as Bangladesh is currently on the higher growth trajectory and the growth engine is likely to be accelerated which will further shoot up the growth of automobile industry. Adoption of CKD unit which commenced its production in the 4th quarter of 2016-17 with an initial capacity of assembling 1,000 vehicles per annum and is expected to lead up to 10,000 vehicles per annum in the next 5 years has given IAL a strong foothold to ride on the growth engine. 

    We conducted a valuation on IFADAUTOS based on Discounted Cash Flow method and relative valuation. Currently, IFADAUTOS is traded at BDT 120.7 (as on 26th July, 2018). In our valuation, the target price for IFADAUTOS based on DCF and Relative Valuation is determined at BDT 149.0 per share for 1 year holding period.
     
  • SGX’s 10 Largest Restaurants Stocks Offer Local & Overseas Exposure

    Source: Singapore Exchange
    Date Submitted: 25 Jul 2018
    Views: 145
    Downloads: 5
    SGX’s 10 Largest Restaurants Stocks Offer Local & Overseas Exposure
    • Of the 13 Restaurant stocks listed on SGX, the 10 largest have a combined market capitalisation of close to S$2.0 billion. Most of these companies have businesses outside of Singapore or overseas expansion plans.
    • These SGX-listed Restaurant stocks provide investors opportunities to invest in overseas F&B markets through their expansion plans. Stocks such as BreadTalk Group, Jumbo Group and Japan Foods have outlined notable international expansion plans.
    • The 10 largest Restaurants stocks have an average dividend payout ratio of 62.2% and average dividend yield of 2.5%. Recently listed Restaurant stocks in the past year have also indicated on their IPO prospectuses or offer documents intentions to distribute dividends to shareholders.
  • FTSE ST Small Cap Index Constituents With Highest ROE Levels

    Source: Singapore Exchange
    Date Submitted: 25 Jul 2018
    Views: 69
    Downloads: 4
    FTSE ST Small Cap Index Constituents With Highest ROE Levels
    • The FTSE ST Small Cap Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalisation-weighted index, which represents the performance of small-capitalised companies that trade on SGX Mainboard. The Index comprises 65 constituents with an average market capitalisation of S$750 million.
    • The 10 constituents of the FTSE ST Small Cap Index with the highest ROE levels, based on their most recent full-year financial results, have averaged an ROE of 30%. These 10 stocks are categorised to the industrials, consumer, energy, materials, information technology, and healthcare sectors.
    • The five constituents among the 10 with the highest ROEs are: COSCO Shipping International (62.0%), Best World (50.6%), Sheng Siong Group (26.7%), Geo Energy Resources (26.4%), and UMS Holdings (25.7%).
  • Midyear Equities Outlook: Focus on Fundamentals

    Source: Anik Sen
    Date Submitted: 25 Jul 2018
    Views: 1079
    Downloads: 0

    Equity markets continue to normalize. But midway through 2018, this normalization process is more nuanced than it was at the start of the year, exacerbated by the rise in tensions on trade and geopolitics. For investors, this has created an even greater need to focus on company fundamentals over the medium to long term.

    At the equity index level, we believe that valuations are fair, and even attractive in some cases, after the recent de-rating of many stocks. We also consider the current environment for stock selection as being attractive due to the high dispersion in valuation multiples relative to history. 

     

  • 【中国市场策略】 反弹和见底

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 23 Jul 2018
    Views: 53
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 23 Jul 2018.
  • China Market Strategy - Rebound vs. Bottom

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 23 Jul 2018
    Views: 595
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 23 July 2018.
  • How an Industry Reduced its Carbon Pricing Risk by 922%

    Source: Rochelle March
    Date Submitted: 06 Aug 2018
    Views: 986
    Downloads: 0
    Companies that act now to invest in low carbon technologies have the chance to maintain their license to grow and avoid carbon pricing costs that would significantly reduce profits. 
  • TalkingPoints: Why is the S&P 500® Relevant Globally?

    Source: Jodie Gunzberg, Tim Edwards
    Date Submitted: 19 Jul 2018
    Views: 2
    Downloads: 1
    The S&P 500 is a renowned benchmark for large-cap U.S. equities and is widely referenced as the gauge of U.S. equity performance. But what is the relevance of the U.S. market and the S&P 500 internationally?
  • Small Cap Index’s Five Best-Performing Constituents Avg 36% YTD Return

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 24 Jul 2018
    Views: 15
    Downloads: 1
    Small Cap Index’s Five Best-Performing Constituents Avg 36% YTD Return
    • The FTSE ST Small Cap Index comprises 65 constituents that average a market cap of S$750 million, ranging from S$103 million to S$2.6 billion. Beyond the Index are nearly 200 stocks listed on SGX that fall within this market cap range.
    • The 10 largest constituents of the FTSE ST Small Cap Index account for about 40% of index weight, and represent the Real Estate sector. Nine of them are REITs, while one is a real estate developer. Given the significant Real Estate weighting, the Index maintains a relatively high dividend yield of 3.8%, almost on par with the STI’s 4.0% yield.
    • In the YTD, the five best-performing Index constituents were: China Sunsine Chemical (+69.4%), BreadTalk (+40.9%), Japfa (+27.8%), Tianjin Zhongxin Pharma (+20.1%), and HRnetGroup (+19.1%). These five stocks averaged a +35.5% total return in the YTD, bringing their average 12-month total return to +28.6%.
  • Half the STI Constituents Averaged 1.5%+ Daily Trading Ranges in 1H18

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 19 Jul 2018
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Half the STI Constituents Averaged 1.5%+ Daily Trading Ranges in 1H18
    • The non-weighted average 90 day volatility of the 30 STI constituents increased by a third over the first six months, rising to an annualised 22.5% at the end of June, up from 16.7% at the end of 2017.
    • As many as 15 STI stocks averaged daily trading ranges over 1.50% in the first six months of the year, ranging from UOL Group & Wilmar’s 1.52% to Yangzijiang Shipbuilding’s 3.24%. These 15 stocks averaged 21.4% intraday volatility over the six months.
    • The five STI stocks with the highest intraday volatility for the six months were YZJ Shipbuilding, HPH Trust, Genting Singapore, Venture & ComfortDelGro, averaging 27.5% intraday volatility. The STI stocks with the least intraday volatility were OCBC, SingTel, UOB, SGX and Hongkong Land.
  • Overview of Uzbek Cement Sector

    Source: Kenneth Lai, Veysal Usmanov, Shawn Abdurakhimov
    Date Submitted: 21 Jul 2018
    Views: 888
    Downloads: 11
    Cement sector is concentrated with top 4 players producing 93% of the total cement (9.2 MT/year as of 2018) in Uzbekistan. Qizilqum Cement (3.6 mln MT/year as of 2017), Akhangarancement (owned by Russia's Eurocement; 2.2 mln MT/year as if 2017), Bekabad Cement (1.1 mln MT/year) and Almalyk (1.0 mln MT/year) are the top 4 cement companies in Uzbekistan. New entrants to the industry with smaller production capacity are Djizzakh Cement, Karakalpak (Titan) Cement and Turon Eco Cement. Very large portion of cement produced in the country serves the internal demand of Uzbekistan while small portion is exported to Central Asian countries and Afghanistan.
  • Private Equity in Asia & South Korea Successes & Scars

    Source: CAPER
    Date Submitted: 27 Jul 2018
    Views: 1148
    Downloads: 41
     A luncheon presentation at CFA Korea Society in July 2018 on:

                Private Equity in Asia & South Korea: Successes & Scars
     
    Synopsis
    o   An overview of the private equity’s trends in Asia and in South Korea
    o   South Korea’s latest status in the Asian private equity market
    o   Private equity -
          - Promises: why institutions are making allocations to private equity?
          - Challenges: what are the factors behind Asian private equity’s increasingly rugged investment landscape
    o   What are the winning and the risky investment formulas
    o   What have been the lessons learnt
    o   Case studies: successes and failures
     
     
  • TalkingPoints: The Dow Jones Emerging ASEAN Titans 100 Index

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 13 Jul 2018
    Views: 418
    Downloads: 8
    Learn about accessing the growth of the ASEAN economies with the Dow Jones Emerging ASEAN Titans 100 Index.
  • Big Healthcare Plays a Key Market Highlight of 1H18

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 12 Jul 2018
    Views: 232
    Downloads: 8
    Big Healthcare Plays a Key Market Highlight of 1H18
    • Four of the five biggest weights of the SGX All Healthcare Index have gained in the 2018 YTD leading the Index to a 6% total return for the period. Top Glove Corp Bhd has been the strongest performer with a 56% total return.
    • The Healthcare Sector was also the strongest of the Sectors in Singapore in June. While the Sector saw net institutional outflow of S$0.4 million in June, it was one of just two Sectors that had booked inflow for each of the three preceding months of March through May.
    • With trailing supply & growing regional demand of healthcare services, expansion of quality healthcare services, operational scale and applications of frontline technologies provide potential growth drivers for healthcare that go beyond its defensive sector foundations.
  • Low Volatility: A Practitioner's Guide

    Source: Tim Edwards, Craig Lazzara, Hamish Preston
    Date Submitted: 12 Jul 2018
    Views: 913
    Downloads: 22
    S&P Dow Jones Indices produces a range of low volatility indices, covering various single-country and international markets, which offer a perspective on the returns of lower volatility equities and provide a basis for index-linked products and benchmarks globally.
  • Understanding the Investment Fundamentals of the Property Development Sector. A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors"

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 19461
    Downloads: 500
    INTRODUCTION TO SECTOR ANALYSIS: A FRAMEWORK FOR INVESTORS

    The key to a company’s success depends on how well it executes its business model. This calls for optimising the allocation of limited resources to generate sustainable cash flows, for investing in new products, technologies, and services in responding to the wider competitive landscape or societal changes and mega trends, as well as for devising appropriate responses in the face of an evolving macroeconomic, regulatory, and political environment.  

    Different industries often require very different business models; and even within the same industry, the model that does add value to the business may vary somewhat from company to company.  

    To help investors undertake proper due diligence on a company, we have generated a framework of analysis designed to tease out the following: (1) whether the pertinent factors favour the firm in question; and (2) whether management is effective in executing its business model or value-generating strategies, while responding appropriately to its external environment.

    This framework is customised to specific sectors and incorporates interviews with professionals within those sectors. 

     
    THE PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT SECTOR - LUMPS, BUMPS AND SLUMPS

    In a complex and fast-moving financial world, it’s comforting to know that some sectors remain relatively easy to understand. A case in point is property development. The property developer acquires land and an architect then designs the building and obtains planning approval before passing the baton to the construction team. 

    At this stage, the developer could choose to undertake marketing and sales before construction is complete or wait until the last brick falls into place. Either way, you can then calculate the gross development value (GDV) of a project or profit from the project, of which the sum of GDV, excluding the developer’s liabilities, will yield the value of the development.

    To read more, download the full sector analysis for the Property Development Sector with accompanying question bank below.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits.  
  • Assessing the Potential of Value Factors in the Indian Market

    Source: Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 12 Jul 2018
    Views: 274
    Downloads: 0
    We investigated the performance of different commonly used valuation parameters by market participants during the period from September 2005 to March 2018 in the Indian market.
  • Peculiar case of differential voting right (DVR) shares in India

    Source: Manick Wadhwa, Ankit Wadhwa
    Date Submitted: 29 Oct 2018
    Views: 478
    Downloads: 9
    Analysis of the legal and valuation aspects of differential voting rights (DVR) shares in India
  • S&P GIVI® Japan and Major Single Factors Q2 2018

    Source: Tianyin Cheng
    Date Submitted: 06 Jul 2018
    Views: 21
    Downloads: 1
    The S&P GIVI (Global Intrinsic Value Index) Japan outperformed its benchmark index, the S&P Japan BMI, by 86 bps in Q2 2018.
  • Three Best-Performing, Indonesia-Focused Stocks Avg 29% YTD Return

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 03 Jul 2018
    Views: 153
    Downloads: 3
    Three Best-Performing, Indonesia-Focused Stocks Avg 29% YTD Return
    • SGX lists two trusts and more than 20 companies that derive more than half their group revenues from Indonesia.
    • Among them, three of the best performers in the 2018 year-to-date were: Samurai 2K Aerosol (+60.2%), Japfa (+22.8%) and Moya Holdings (+3.3%). The three, with a combined market capitalisation of S$1.59 billion, have averaged a total return of 28.8% in the YTD.
    • Indonesia’s 1Q 2018 GDP expanded 5.06% YoY, slower than the 5.19% growth seen in 4Q 2017, due to lower household spending, government expenditures and net exports. However, investment growth continued, rising to 7.95% in 1Q versus 7.27% in 4Q and 4.77% a year ago.
  • Key SGX Transportation Plays Cruised Through Recent Swings

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 03 Jul 2018
    Views: 74
    Downloads: 1
    Key SGX Transportation Plays Cruised Through Recent Swings
    • Singapore Airlines, ComfortDelGro & SBS Transit have all gained in the 2018 YTD, averaging 8.0% total returns, compared to a 3.1% decline for the FTSE ST All Share Index. Since the end of April, the trio averaged 1.6% total returns, compared to 8.2% declines for the benchmark.
    • Amidst fuel prices advances, the trio have been expanding their operational landscapes with SIA’s digital innovation blueprint and new fleet & product offerings, ComfortDelGro stepping up the pace of M&A activity and SBS Transit expanding rail and bus services.
    • The key transportation trio have averaged 9.5% annualised returns over a the past five years, led by SBS Transit which has also consistently increased its dividends per share over the period. The trio currently average an indicative dividend yield of 3.7%.
  • Integrating Carbon Risk With the Quality Factor

    Source: Bill Hao
    Date Submitted: 03 Jul 2018
    Views: 217
    Downloads: 0
    In this blog, we explore the integration of carbon risk in quality factor portfolios.
  • 【中国市场策略】何处是底

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 03 Jul 2018
    Views: 260
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 3 Jul 2018.
  • China Market Strategy - Where is the Bottom? 

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 03 Jul 2018
    Views: 883
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 3 July 2018.
  • IPO Note on Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited, BPML

    Source: Asaduzzaman Ashik, Mohammad Rehan Kabir
    Date Submitted: 10 Jul 2018
    Views: 228
    Downloads: 5
    Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited (BPML) is one of the major concerns of Bashundhara Group. The Company was incorporated in Bangladesh in 1993 as a private limited company under the Companies Act, 1913 having its registered office at Dhaka. Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of all kinds of Paper products, Tissue products, Hygienic products, PP woven bag, Paper sack and other allied products for domestic consumption as well as for exports. Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited holds around 15.4% market share of the paper & exercise product at this moment. 
  • A Look Inside Green Bonds: Combining Sustainability With Core Fixed Income

    Source: Dennis Badlyans, Aye M. Soe, Hong Xie
    Date Submitted: 01 Jul 2018
    Views: 1391
    Downloads: 73
    The S&P Green Bond Index provides a rules-based, transparent benchmark to measure the performance of the global green bond market.
  • Bitcoin as a safe haven: Is it even worth considering?

    Source: Lee A Smales, Dirk G Baur
    Date Submitted: 29 Jun 2018
    Views: 2553
    Downloads: 163

    Research in cryptofinance has continued to consider whether Bitcoin possesses a safe haven property as traditionally defined by its correlation with other assets during times of market stress. However, this neglects other attributes of assets that are important to investors during periods of crisis. Bitcoin is more volatile, less liquid, and costlier to transact (in terms of time and fees) than other assets (including the traditional safe haven of gold) even in normal market conditions. Until the market matures, it is therefore unlikely to be worth considering Bitcoin as a safe haven.

  • ETFs as a FinTech Disruptor:  How Indexing and Quantitative Investing Packaged in ETFs Has Impacted Investing and Trading

    Source: Joanne Hill
    Date Submitted: 29 Jul 2018
    Views: 1419
    Downloads: 82
    Exchange-traded funds or ETFs have thrived in the U.S with an asset growth rate of 15% in the last decade and now regularly represent 25% or more of the dollar amount of U.S. exchange trading activity.  At the end of February 2018, assets in exchange traded products (ETPs), consisting of ETFs and exchange- traded notes (ETNs), reached $5 trillion globally according to ETFGI, of which U.S. ETF assets represent about 70% of the total.   This vehicle for packaging investment strategies is unique in that it is utilized by all categories of investors from large pension funds to hedge funds and individual investors. 
    To some investors ETFs are trading tools while to others they are long-term core investment holdings.  It is hard to think of any other financial product that has such a variety of uses and types of clients.    Because ETFs are accessed through exchanges and rely on low fees and transparent strategies, the success of ETFs as both investment and trading vehicles has been disruptive to both the fund management and trading businesses. 
    This talk will look at the history of index and quantitative strategies that apply technology and analytical rules to portfolio construction.  Today, these are primarily being applied through ETFs.  Technology and broad access to investment information and analytics has helped the broader group of investors access strategies that were historically used only by the largest institutional investors.   Technology has also facilitated the arbitrage that makes ETF market-making efficient and helps it serve a strong support for asset growth.  However, exchanges have infrastructure and regulatory policy that is more suited to stock than ETF trading. 
    Asset managers, are in the early stages of applying analytics to customize portfolio construction (robo-advisors).  Multi-asset investment strategies and other innovations are being adapted to the availability of a broad set of investment options made available through ETFs.  Also, smart beta strategies and factor investing are the latest iteration of quantitative investment strategies.  Risk management and option-based strategies are still in very early stages but are also being made available through ETF packaging.
  • Trading Activity in Technology Stocks Soars

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 25 Jun 2018
    Views: 66
    Downloads: 1
    Trading Activity in Technology Stocks Soars
    • The 19 June trading session saw Venture as the fifth most actively traded company with S$91M in turnover. AEM Holdings, Hi-P International, UMS Holdings, Creative Technology & Valuetronics also ranked in the top 40 companies by turnover.
    • These stocks make up six of the 10 largest capitalised Technology stocks listed on SGX that generated a median decline of 8% in the 2018 YTD, following median gains of 93% over 2017. The SIPMM Electronics Cluster PMI is now at 52.3, down 0.9 from the end of 2017.
    • Technology is earmarked as a key driver of U.S. growth. The Trump Administration estimates 5G will potentially create up to 3 million new American jobs and generate US$500 billion a year in economic growth. This is akin to a 2.5 percentage point increase in U.S. GDP.
  • Supermarkets Generate 12% Defensive Performance in 2018 YTD

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 25 Jun 2018
    Views: 44
    Downloads: 1
    Supermarkets Generate 12% Defensive Performance in 2018 YTD
    • The two listed supermarket plays - Dairy Farm International and Sheng Siong Group - have averaged 2.9% gains since the end of April. This has taken their average 2018 year-to-date total return to 12.3%.
    • Dairy Farm International joined the MSCI Singapore Index effective 1 June. For the 2018 year through to 15 June, Dairy Farm International was the recipient of overall institutional net inflows totalling S$26.4 million while Sheng Siong Group was the recipient of net institution inflows of S$62.4 million.
    • The five largest capitalised Restaurant stocks - BreadTalk, Kimly, Jumbo Group, Old Chang Kee and Japan Food Holdings have averaged 1.7% gains between 30 April and 18 June, bringing their average year-to-date total return to 6.6%. Note this does not include ABR Holdings which has comparatively inactive trading.
  • Mission Incomplete: Reflating Japan’s Economy

    Source: Sayuri Shirai
    Date Submitted: 10 Jul 2018
    Views: 1144
    Downloads: 0
    Mission incomplete! This phrase neatly captures the progress made by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in reflating the economy. In April 2013, under its new governor, the BOJ launched an unprecedented quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy. Haruhiko Kuroda was certain that the 2% price stability target would be achieved within 2 years. About 4 years later, the BOJ lags behind other major central banks, with actual inflation and inflation expectations still well below 2%. What went wrong? And what should the BOJ do next? This former policy maker’s account expertly traces and analyzes the policy’s consequences.
  • Win - Win: How International Trade Can Help Meet the Sustainable Development Goals

    Source: Multiple, edited by Matthias Helble and Ben Shepherd
    Date Submitted: 01 Jul 2018
    Views: 84
    Downloads: 0
    The recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to guide development through the 2030 time horizon. The 17 SDGs cover many areas, such as poverty, health, sustainable development, and the environment. Given that trade is not an end in itself, there is no specific SDG goal for trade, but it is recognized as an important means of implementation. The objective of this book is to demonstrate to the international development community, including policy makers in developing countries, the contribution that international trade can make to achieving the SDGs. Economists have long argued that trade can promote income growth, which can then support sustainable development. But there are also more direct linkages between trade and sustainable development, for instance by affecting the price and availability of important goods and services for development, such as health and education. This book maps out a triple-win scenario when good trade policy spurs international trade, contributes to development-friendly outcomes, and supports the achievement of the SDGs.
  • A History of Financial Management at the Asian Development Bank: Engineering Financial Innovation and Impact on an Emerging Asia

    Source: Philip Erquiaga
    Date Submitted: 25 Jun 2018
    Views: 79
    Downloads: 0
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has evolved into a leading development banking institution in the global financial markets during the past half century since it was established. This publication—a good introduction to financial management practices in multilateral development banks—narrates the evolution of ADB’s financial policies, strategies, practices, and approaches by decade of operations. It shows how ADB swiftly responded to changing market conditions and provided funds to its developing members at the lowest possible cost. This publication explains how these practices and products played important roles in shaping ADB’s development mandate, fostered sustainable and steady growth, and paved the way toward an enviable AAA-rating in the capital markets.
  • Impact Evaluation of Development Interventions: A Practical Guide

    Source: Howard White, David A. Raitzer
    Date Submitted: 25 Jun 2018
    Views: 741
    Downloads: 0
    Impact evaluation is an empirical approach to estimating the causal effects of interventions, in terms of both magnitude and statistical significance. Expanded use of impact evaluation techniques is critical to rigorously derive knowledge from development operations and for development investments and policies to become more evidence-based and effective. To help backstop more use of impact evaluation approaches, this book introduces core concepts, methods, and considerations for planning, designing, managing, and implementing impact evaluation, supplemented by examples. The topics covered range from impact evaluation purposes to basic principles, specific methodologies, and guidance on field implementation. It has materials for a range of audiences, from those who are interested in understanding evidence on “what works” in development, to those who will contribute to expanding the evidence base as applied researchers.
  • Indonesia Enhancing Productivity through Quality Jobs

    Source: Emma Allen, Ruth Francisco, Edimon Ginting, Veto Tyas Indrio, Chris Manning, Joseph Marshan, Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Daryll L. Naval, Devanto Shasta Pratomo, Asep Suryahadi, Mohammad Zulfan Tadjoeddin, Kiyoshi Taniguchi
    Date Submitted: 10 Jul 2018
    Views: 826
    Downloads: 0
    The book focuses on Indonesia’s most pressing labor market challenges and associated policy options to achieve higher and more inclusive economic growth. The challenges consist of creating jobs for and the skills in a youthful and increasingly better educated workforce, and raising the productivity of less-educated workers to meet the demands of the digital age. The book deals with a range of interrelated topics—the changing supply and demand for labor in relation to the shift of workers out of agriculture; urbanization and the growth of megacities; raising the quality of schooling for new jobs in the digital economy; and labor market policies to improve both labor standards and productivity.
  • Social Protection for Informal Workers In Asia

    Source: Michael Samson, Kaleigh Kenny, Michael Cichon, David Cichon, Stephen Kidd, Verena Damerau, Babken Babajanian
    Date Submitted: 01 Jul 2018
    Views: 27
    Downloads: 0
    Asia’s growing labor force needs innovative solutions to reduce risks and ensure social protection of workers in vulnerable employment with informal arrangements. This book examines the need to expand social protection coverage of the informal sector to support working age productivity, reduce vulnerability, and improve economic opportunity. Case studies from Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Thailand o er suggestions to close social protection gaps and recommend policy solutions to create equitable and inclusive social protection programs for informal workers.
  • Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2017

    Source: Multiple
    Date Submitted: 01 Jul 2018
    Views: 116
    Downloads: 0
    The Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2017, the 48th edition of this series, includes the latest available economic, financial, social, and environmental indicators for the 48 regional members of the Asian Development Bank. It presents the latest key statistics on development issues concerning the economies of Asia and the Pacific to a wide audience, including policy makers, development practitioners, government officials, researchers, students, and the general public. Part I of this issue presents the current status of economies of Asia and the Pacific with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals based on selected indicators from the global indicator framework. This year’s report also discusses results from an initiative to facilitate the compilation of statistics on asset ownership from a gender perspective. Part II comprises statistical indicators that capture economic, financial, social, and environmental developments. Part III presents key statistics and stylized facts on the phenomenon of global value chains.
  • Challenges in Implementing Best Practices in Involuntary Resettlement: A Case Study in Sri Lanka

    Source: Jayantha Perera, Amarasena Gamaathige, Chamindra Weerackody
    Date Submitted: 01 Jul 2018
    Views: 38
    Downloads: 0
    Infrastructure projects sometimes physically displace households and disrupt income sources and livelihoods. The Asian Development Bank offers several good governance practices to its borrowers to minimize such adverse impacts, especially since the absorption of such best practices by countries is usually slow and erratic. This book presents an in-depth case study from a complex and sensitive infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, where international best practices in involuntary resettlement were successfully merged with local legal systems. The book demonstrates that the application of best practices to infrastructure projects needs continuous consultations with affected people and a firm commitment of resources.
  • Together We Deliver: 50 Stories of ADB's Partnership in Asia and the Pacific

    Source: Asian Development Bank
    Date Submitted: 16 Jul 2018
    Views: 60
    Downloads: 0
    This publication reflects on 5 decades of engagement with our 40 developing member countries, and explores 10 cross-cutting areas of work that enable the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to respond to new and emerging challenges that will affect development outcomes in a rapidly changing region. These 50 stories illustrate how ADB’s partnerships with government, civil society, the private sector, and other development partners have contributed to a momentous half century of development, helping to create the building blocks for the region’s prosperity.
  • Cross-Border Portfolio Investment and Financial Integration in Asia and the Pacific Region

    Source: Sayuri Shirai, Eric Alexander Sugandi
    Date Submitted: 01 Jul 2018
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    This paper examines the developments of cross-border portfolio assets and liabilities in the Asia and Pacific region over the periods of 2001–2017. Rapid increases in both portfolio foreign assets and liabilities have taken place particularly after the 2008–2009 global financial crisis. These cross-border portfolio investments have the following characteristics. First, equity has been a dominant source of foreign liabilities notwithstanding efforts to develop bond markets in the region. One exception is Australia, where foreign liabilities have been largely in the form of debt securities. Limited capital inflows to debt securities issued by emerging Asia may be attributable to the early stages of bond market development. Second, in contrast, debt securities have remained dominant as foreign assets held by the region. This mostly reflects Japan’s preference toward debt securities. Other Asia and Pacific economies have invested more heavily in foreign equity. Third, the region’s assets and liabilities linkages have remained overwhelmingly strengthened against the United States and Europe. Nonetheless, the post-crisis period has witnessed greater financial integration within the region. The intra-regional linkages have been deepest between Hong Kong, China and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), where the former has become a major financier of equity issued by the latter. Singapore increasingly plays a role as an equity investor toward the PRC, Japan, ROK, and other ASEAN economies. Albeit from the low level, the intra-ASEAN integration has been noticeable. Fourth, Japan with largest abundant domestic capital has remained predominantly exposed to the United States and Europe. Within the region, debt securities issued by Australia have increasingly attracted Japan’s capital. To conclude, intra-regional financial integration has risen at the center of the PRC with growing linkages with Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
  • Green Energy Finance in Australia and New Zealand

    Source: Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Greg Sise
    Date Submitted: 19 Nov 2018
    Views: 2068
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    We explore the history and current status of green energy finance in Australia and New Zealand. Although both countries have enviable renewable energy resources with a 100% renewable mix considered feasible, the two countries present highly contrasting contexts for energy finance. Currently, and largely for historical reasons, renewables make up over 80% of the electricity capacity in New Zealand, whereas in Australia this is 17%. Interestingly, between them and over time, the two countries have employed most of the important policy tools available to incentivize renewables and green energy finance (e.g., carbon taxes, carbon trading, a green investment bank, a green certification market, and feed-in-tariffs). Despite this, we show that between 2004 and 2017 both countries did not meet their potential in terms of renewables and have lower levels of green energy investment relative to GDP per capita than many other developed countries. The Australian and New Zealand context provides many lessons for other jurisdictions—ranging from the need for cross-party and regulatory commitment to energy transition, to the need for policy stability. Indeed, a key issue in Australia and New Zealand is the challenge of designing electricity markets that support energy transition and the investment that it requires. Incumbents in both jurisdictions are fearful of a “death spiral” induced by distributed power, and in Australia political instability and market design issues contributed to a major energy crisis in 2017. However, the crisis, the Paris Agreement and the associated impetus of new governments in both countries suggest green energy investment is set to increase in the coming years.
  • Financial Inclusion, Regulation, Financial Literacy, and Financial Education in Armenia

    Source: Armen Nurbekyan, Naneh Hovanessian
    Date Submitted: 16 Jul 2018
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    Financial inclusion has significantly advanced in Armenia during the last decade. Rural and urban areas, however, have benefited unevenly. The high cost of providing financial services, the lack of physical infrastructure, higher poverty rates, and the low level of financial literacy are the main barriers to financial inclusion in the rural areas. The availability of, and the high level of trust in, postal services in all villages, along with innovative technologies, should be exploited to address the inadequate physical infrastructure. Insurance services, in particular health and agriculture insurance, have a high growth potential. Mandatory health insurance along with an e-health infrastructure can boost high-quality financial inclusion. Targeted financial education policies addressing the most vulnerable groups, in particular the rural population and the unemployed, will significantly increase the quality of financial inclusion. Addressing data gaps, especially in the SME sector, should be a priority for policy makers. Overall, a clear separation of strategies for financial inclusion from the National Strategy for Financial Education clarifying quantitative goals and policies will be beneficial.
  • Financial Inclusion, Financial Literacy, and Financial Education in Azerbaijan

    Source: Gubad Ibadoghlu
    Date Submitted: 24 Jul 2018
    Views: 20
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    This paper discusses the status of financial inclusion, education, and literacy in Azerbaijan as well as measures to foster the development of SMEs, which currently have inadequate access to financial resources. The primary policy challenge faced by the government of Azerbaijan is defining its role in creating broader access to financial products and services. This paper highlights the challenges faced in overcoming the barriers to financial inclusion, and solutions found, and discusses the main lessons learned and a potential way forward. The first section of the paper provides detailed information on the national financial system. The second section covers the status of financial inclusion for individuals and SMEs. The third section analyzes different (supply and demand) aspects of barriers to financial inclusion, while the remaining sections present policies aimed at promoting financial regulation, literacy, and education. Finally, the paper presents key policy recommendations.
  • Young Enterprises and Bank Credit Denials

    Source: Danilo V. Mascia
    Date Submitted: 25 Jun 2018
    Views: 60
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    By employing a sample of 20,956 observations of non-financial SMEs headquartered in the Euro area, between 2009 and 2015, we test whether young businesses are more likely to face credit rejections from lenders than their older peers. Our findings appear to confirm our suspicions that new enterprises consistently experience higher denials from banks compared to more established businesses. Such a result is stable to different model specifications and is also confirmed once we handle the issue of sample selection bias potentially affecting our data. Additional tests also reveal that credit constraints are particularly difficult for young SMEs located in Southern and Central Europe, as well as for those operating in the “Trade” industry. Overall, our evidence suggests that actions from the policy maker could be desirable to support the viability of credit and, thus, ensure the growth of young businesses in the Euro area.
  • Weekly Mutual Fund Update 24/06/2018

    Source: Farzana Hossain Laizu
    Date Submitted: 24 Jun 2018
    Views: 258
    Downloads: 13
    During this week, PRIME1ICBA (4.55%) and EBLNRBMF (3.45%) experienced highest positive price change while ICBAMCL2ND (-2.60%) and SEMLIBBLSF (-2.15%) experienced highest price correction.
  • FMCG Industry Review of Bangladesh

    Source: Asaduzzaman Ashik
    Date Submitted: 23 Jun 2018
    Views: 1892
    Downloads: 69
    Consumer goods refer to the final goods and services that are consumed by the households and not used in the production process of other goods & services. Consumption of these goods and services is defined as the Private Consumption or Household Consumption.
    On the other hand, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) are products that are sold rapidly and at comparatively lower cost. Examples of such FMCGs are packaged foods, beverages, toiletries, over the counter drugs and similar consumables.
     
    Usually, FMCGs have a short shelf life. Some FMCGs are highly perishable such as meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and baked goods. Others products like toiletries, packaged foods, soft drinks, housework products have high turnover rates. Revenue margin from the FMCGs is comparatively small, these products are generally sold in bulk quantities to make considerable aggregate earnings. The business of FMCGs is considered as the most definitive instance of low margin and high volume business.
  • TalkingPoints: The S&P/ASX Bank Bill Index - Measuring the Australian Bank Bill Market for Short-Term Cash Solutions

    Source: Heather McArdle
    Date Submitted: 22 Jun 2018
    Views: 96
    Downloads: 1
    The S&P/ASX Bank Bill Index seeks to measure the performance of the Australian bank bill market, with maturities of up to 91 days. The series is designed for use by institutional investment managers, mutual fund managers, professional advisors, insurance companies, and custodians.
  • Corporate Carbon Disclosure in Asia-Pacific

    Source: Erik Christianto, David McNeil
    Date Submitted: 20 Jun 2018
    Views: 776
    Downloads: 5
    How do Asia-Pacific firms quantify supply chain risks, set science-based targets, and implement internal carbon pricing?
  • Five Stocks on the STI Bench Average 10% Gain over Past 12M

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 26 Jun 2018
    Views: 68
    Downloads: 6
    Five Stocks on the STI Bench Average 10% Gain over Past 12M
    • The STI benchmark consists of the 30 largest and most active stocks traded on SGX. The next five largest and most active stocks make up the STI Reserve List. This list is used in the event one or more STI constituents are deleted before the next quarterly review.
    • The current STI Reserve List stocks are Suntec REIT, Sembcorp Marine, Mapletree Commercial Trust, Keppel REIT & Mapletree Logistics Trust. The list has changed completely from the end of2013, with four of the five then STI Reserve stocks since joining the STI.
    • The current five STI Reserve stocks have averaged 10% total returns over the past 12 months, taking their average five year return to 29%. Four of the five stocks are REITS that currently maintain an average indicative dividend yield of 5.7%.
  • Five Stocks with Manufacturing Focus Amongst Biggest Intraday Movers

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 19 Jun 2018
    Views: 312
    Downloads: 1
    Five Stocks with Manufacturing Focus Amongst Biggest Intraday Movers
    • For the three months spanning March, April & May, non-STI stocks that consistently ranked amongst the biggest intraday tick ranges, with daily price ranges of more than 2.5%, included AEM Hldgs, Memtech Intl, Creative Technology, Best World Intl & Delong Holdings.
    • The five stocks averaged daily price ranges of 4% and together represent businesses with manufacturing-related activities. Manufacturing businesses span handling & test solutions, component solutions, consumer electronics, health products & HRC Steel.
    • Another manufacturing stock, Hi-P International ranked amongst the 10 non-STI stocks with the biggest intraday tick ranges for two of the months, while generating average daily price ranges of 5%.
  • Quality Part 1: Defining the Quality Factor

    Source: Aye Soe
    Date Submitted: 20 Jun 2018
    Views: 323
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    To demonstrate that higher-quality companies, regardless of the definition of quality, on average earn higher risk-adjusted returns than lower-quality companies, we used the S&P 500® Quality Index, which is a composite measure of ROE, accruals, and leverage, as an example. 
  • A Definitive Guide to Speculating in China

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 14 Jun 2018
    Views: 1217
    Downloads: 102
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 14 June 2018.
  • Capital Market Performance During the Four Years of Narendra Modi's Government

    Source: Ved Malla
    Date Submitted: 13 Jun 2018
    Views: 318
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    Over the past four years, the government of Narendra Modi, the 14th Prime Minister of India, has made several landmark policy decisions and initiatives that have had a major impact on the Indian economy.
  • Key Drivers of the Semiconductor Industry in 2018

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 13 Jun 2018
    Views: 196
    Downloads: 21
    Key Drivers of the Semiconductor Industry in 2018
    • Following comparatively strong performances in 2017, the 10 largest capitalised stocks that operate in, or maintain a service focus to semiconductor businesses have been more mixed in the 2018 YTD, averaging a 4% decline.
    • This has brought the average 12 month total return of the 10 stocks to 19%, which compares to a 12% gain for Bloomberg Asia Pacific Semiconductors Index. The strongest of the 10 stocks over the past 12 months were AEM Holdings and Micro-Mechanics.
    • Key drivers relevant to the industry include increased memory demand and proliferation of digital technologies. At the same time more complex application, increased industry competition and trends to cut costs provide industry challenges.
  • Five Stocks with Manufacturing Focus Amongst Biggest Intraday Movers

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 13 Jun 2018
    Views: 336
    Downloads: 2
    Five Stocks with Manufacturing Focus Amongst Biggest Intraday Movers
    • For the three months spanning March, April & May, non-STI stocks that consistently ranked amongst the biggest intraday tick ranges, with daily price ranges of more than 2.5%, included AEM Hldgs, Memtech Intl, Creative Technology, Best World Intl & Delong Holdings.
    • The five stocks averaged daily price ranges of 4% and together represent businesses with manufacturing-related activities. Manufacturing businesses span handling & test solutions, component solutions, consumer electronics, health products & HRC Steel.
    • Another manufacturing stock, Hi-P International ranked amongst the 10 non-STI stocks with the biggest intraday tick ranges for two of the months, while generating average daily price ranges of 5%.
  • Overview of Hong Kong Financial Services Industry

    Source: Financial Services Development Council (FSDC)
    Date Submitted: 12 Jun 2018
    Views: 1655
    Downloads: 107
    The Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) released an updated version of the “Overview of Hong Kong Financial Services Industry” in May 2018 which aims to facilitate industry practitioners and the wider public to understand and promote the strengths of Hong Kong as an international financial centre. The report covers the below sessions:

    Why Hong Kong?
    Being one of the world's most competitive and freest economy, Hong Kong possesses advantages like the strategic location and gateway to Mainland China, key conduit for investment and trade linked exchange rate system, bilingual legal system and simple tax regime, deep pool of talent and centre of expertise.

    Asset and Wealth Management 
    As the leading fund management centre in Asia Hong Kong has a diversified distribution of fund management and advisory business, an active ETF market and a sizable pension fund market. The soon-to-be-introduced open-ended fund companies structure will further promote Hong Kong as the Asian asset management centre for both conventional funds and PE funds.

    Banking
    Hong Kong has a robust banking industry by international standards and is regarded as the global offshore RMB hub. The Hong Kong Government is exploring with the Mainland authorities ways to open up more channels for two-way cross-border RMB fund flows.

    Capital Markets
    With HKEX being the leading stock exchange in fundraising (2015-2017) and diversified listed companies and investors, Hong Kong is looking to increase connectivity with Mainland investors and the Mainland market.

    Insurance
    Hong Kong ranks 1st in Asia in insurance density and 2nd in Asia in insurance penetration in 2016. Government has recently taken a number of initiatives to promote the insurance sector which includes the establishment of insurance authority, HK$100mn 3-year pilot programme for talent development and the adoption of FinTech on the development of personalized products.

    Fintech and Green Finance
    FinTech cooperation agreements signed with partners such as Australia, Dubai, Gibraltar, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK. On the other hand, HKMA, Cyberport in Hong Kong and the the Office of Financial Development Service of Shenzhen (OFDS) are exploring the feasibility of establishing cross-border soft-landing facilities in Shenzhen, encouraging Hong Kong FinTech firms to expand their businesses, and Mainland firms to establish themselves in Hong Kong.

    Professional Services & Financial Infrastructure
    Half of the Global 100 law firms and 1,400 regional headquarters of consultancy firms are set up in Hong Kong. With a well-established payment & settlement system and bilingual legal system, Hong Kong has the increasing prevalence of being the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forum. Meanwhile the Belt and Road Initiative will drive significant demand in Hong Kong’s world-class professional services.
     
  • Why Indices Matter to SMSF Trustees

    Source: Stuart Magrath
    Date Submitted: 11 Jun 2018
    Views: 17
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    The SMSF Association hosted the first SMSF Expo in Australia, attracting over 1,500 people over the three-day Expo.
  • Fixed Income Liquidity and ETFs in India

    Source: Alka Banerjee
    Date Submitted: 06 Jun 2018
    Views: 1148
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    The fixed income market has historically been relatively illiquid in India, as well as globally. Bond ETFs may be able to solve these issues, which may be part of the reason bond ETFs have soared in popularity in developed markets recently.
  • Asia’s Largest Global REIT Hub

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 05 Jun 2018
    Views: 839
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    Asia’s Largest Global REIT Hub
    • More than 75% of Singapore REITs & Property Trusts own and manage overseas assets across Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. This growing trend within the REIT Sector has seen trusts with Singapore and overseas exposure rise from 18 in 2012 to 33 in 2018.
    • Of Singapore’s 10 most recent REIT Sector listings, nine are exclusively managing properties located outside of Singapore. These nine REITs maintain a combined market capitalisation of S$8.3 billion and have averaged 13.8% total returns since their IPO.
    • REITs with international property assets bring diversification benefits to investors, in addition to increased risks which include foreign exchange exposures. REITs generally seek to borrow in the same currency as the underlying assets, hence mitigating some of the currency risk.
  • The Carbon Scorecard May 2018

    Source: Jessica Taylor, Alex Lake, Christina Weiman
    Date Submitted: 04 Jun 2018
    Views: 305
    Downloads: 24
    S&P Dow Jones Indices is committed to providing index solutions that provide choices and reflect low-carbon options. When we compare almost all the indices with their carbon-focused counterparts, the low-carbon versions actually outperformed the benchmark over a five-year period.
  • A Closer Look at Indices Country Classifications

    Source: Alka Banerjee
    Date Submitted: 31 May 2018
    Views: 330
    Downloads: 0
    As large sums of global money flows now follow global indices, it is important to understand how global index providers decide on country classifications and country weightages.
  • SGX Real Estate Index’s Five Best Performers Average 7% YTD Gain

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2018
    Views: 74
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    SGX Real Estate Index’s Five Best Performers Average 7% YTD Gain
    • In the 2018 YTD, the five best-performing constituents of SGX’s Real Estate Index were Yanlord Land (+11.1%), United Engineers (+8.4%), Ho Bee Land (+6.0%), Hongkong Land (+4.9%), and Ocean Sky (+4.3%).
    • The SGX Real Estate Developers & Operators Index comprises 25 constituents with a combined market cap of over S$70 billion. The component stocks with the five biggest weights are Hongkong Land (10.6%), UOL Group (9.8%), CapitaLand (9.8%), City Developments (9.2%) and Yanlord Land (9.0%).
    • This year, Singapore's property market is expected to extend its recovery. In 1Q18, private residential property prices jumped 3.9% QoQ, surging the most since 2010, and building on the previous quarter’s 0.8% rise, URA data showed. Analysts are forecasting a 5%-10% recovery in domestic home prices in 2018.
  • Embracing China's economic shift through the total China concept

    Source: Alex Chen, Ph.D., CFA Senior Research Analyst , Christopher Vass, Senior Product Manager
    Date Submitted: 30 Jul 2018
    Views: 5377
    Downloads: 80
    As the mainland China equity market continues to open to overseas investment the ability for international investors to gain access to this large and growing market has become easier.  The questions for international investors are whether they need to include China A shares in their existing China portfolios, and what to do with their existing holdings of overseas China?  This paper highlights that to gain a complete exposure to China equities investors need to diversify across all the different China shares classes.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
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  • Singapore’s Insurance Trio Averages 9% YTD Return

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 30 May 2018
    Views: 559
    Downloads: 7
    Singapore’s Insurance Trio Averages 9% YTD Return
    • Singapore lists three stocks that make up the Insurance Sector - Great Eastern Holdings, United Overseas Insurance and Singapore Reinsurance Corp. The three stocks have a combined market value of S$15.5 billion.
    • Together the three stocks have averaged a 8.6% total return in the 2018 YTD, bringing their average 12M return to 31.4%. By comparison the MSCI World Insurance Index has gained 1.8% in the YTD, bringing its 12M total return to 10.5% in SGD terms.
    • While intensified competition and economic uncertainty provide challenges, the insurance industry is expected to further diversify distribution channels while exploring and engaging digital innovation.
  • Maldives: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    Comprising around 1,190 small islands in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is home to around 400,000 people, and is famous for some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. High-end tourism has propelled the economy’s strong expansion over recent decades. This has helped Maldives gain middleincome status, with the highest per capita income in South Asia. However, as a relatively small island economy, the country is extremely vulnerable to external economic shocks and the negative impacts of climate change. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been supporting the Government of Maldives since 1978. It has approved 22 loans ($158.38 million) and 7 grant ($90.14 million) for Maldives, and has funded 68 technical assistance projects totalling $30.25 million.
  • Mongolia: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    In 2017, Mongolia started to recover from its recent economic stagnation, with increases to commodity prices and higher foreign direct investment in mining as the main drivers of growth. However, the downturn of recent years has left significant economic challenges for the country, including debt accumulation, banking sector vulnerabilities, and rising poverty. Strengthening social protection and diversifying the economy are essential to ensure sustainable and inclusive economic growth with associated poverty reduction. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been Mongolia’s largest multilateral development partner since 1991, playing a central role in the country’s transformation to a middle-income, market-based economy. ADB has approved sovereign loans totaling $1.95 billion, grants totaling $237.21 million, and technical assistance projects worth $149.4 million for Mongolia. From 2007 to 2017, ADB committed a total of $90 million for nonsovereign loans.
  • Malaysia: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    Malaysia has transformed itself from a nation reliant on natural resources into a middle-income country in which services account for half of total output. This development success was refl ected in Malaysia ranking 37th of 127 countries on the Global Innovation Index 2017. While the country has experienced some economic slowdown over the past few years, its economy recovered faster than expected in 2017, with growth driven by strong global and domestic demand. For an economy that is dependent on external factors, macroeconomic stability is crucial to Malaysia’s sustained growth. The Government of Malaysia is continuing eff orts to boost domestic demand and reduce the country’s dependence on exports, with a pipeline of large infrastructure projects expected to stimulate both public and private investment.
  • Myanmar: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    Emerging from decades of economic and political isolation, Myanmar is enjoying a period of exceptional growth and is one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. The country possesses abundant natural resources, a strategic location at the crossroads of Asia, a young population, and a sizable market with wide-ranging investment opportunities. The country, however, needs to achieve and maintain stability, both on the macroeconomic front and in terms of peace and reconciliation. It needs to address substantive deficits in infrastructure and human resources, which constrain social and economic development. Myanmar also needs to sustain its reform momentum toward good governance, effective public sector management, and a conducive business environment.
  • Nauru: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation and one of the most remote countries on earth. In recent years, its economy has benefited from the presence of a regional processing center for asylum seekers, strong revenues from fishing licenses, and the liquidation of the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust. Economic and fiscal sustainability, however, remain key concerns for the Government of Nauru. The country relies on narrow and uncertain sources of revenue, with limited private sector opportunities. Education outcomes in Nauru are improving, but are still poor by international standards, while rates of noncommunicable diseases are among the highest in the world.
  • Nepal: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    Nepal has made notable socioeconomic progress in recent years: literacy rates have increased, poverty rates have declined, and gender disparities have narrowed. Nepal now strives to graduate to lower middle-income country status and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In 2017, local government elections and the fi rst-ever elections to state assemblies and the Federal Parliament marked crucial steps for the country in its transition towards federalism, as enshrined in the 2015 Constitution.
  • New Zealand: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    New Zealand has contributed $2.32 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2017. It has contributed and committed $196.30 million to Special Funds since joining in 1966. Companies and consultants from New Zealand have since been awarded $589.67 million in procurement contracts on ADB-financed projects.
  • Palau: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    Drawing on Palau’s exceptional natural and cultural resources, tourism generally underpins the country’s economic performance. A recent downturn in economic activity, however, illustrates that Palau remains vulnerable to external economic shocks, the impacts of climate change, and other environmental and weather-related risks. Reforms to improve and simplify Palau’s business regulations should make it easier to promote private sector development, but slow progress on important tax reforms has limited the prospects for creating the conditions necessary for more inclusive development.
  • Pakistan: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
    Views: 736
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    Pakistan was a founding member of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 1966. The government has since worked with ADB to strengthen the country’s key infrastructure, social services, and economic growth. ADB has approved $32.1 billion in project assistance for Pakistan. Under the country partnership strategy, 2015–2019 and the country operations business plan, 2018 -2020, ADB is committed to ensuring high, sustained, and inclusive growth for Pakistan. The new business plan shows that the country’s sovereign operations will be increased signifi cantly to $7.1 billion over the next 3 years. Along with its continued focus on energy, infrastructure, and institutional reforms, ADB will reengage in education and health.
  • Papua New Guinea: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
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    The economy of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is dominated by labor-intensive agriculture and capital-intensive extraction of oil and gas, gold, copper, and silver. Mining and petrochemicals now account for over 25% of PNG’s gross domestic product and over 80% of its exports. The country continues to face significant challenges in making economic growth more inclusive and sustainable. Many areas of service delivery—such as health, education, transport, energy, and water—remain weak, particularly in rural areas.
  • Philippines: Asian Development Bank Member Fact Sheet 2017

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    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2018
    Views: 188
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    The Philippines is one of Southeast Asia’s recent economic success stories, with strong growth accompanied by moderate infl ation, sound fiscal performance, and a strong external payments position. The country’s gross domestic product grew by an average of 6.4% a year during 2010–2017, compared with average annual growth of about 5% over the previous decade. The Government of the Philippines aims to lay a foundation for sustained strong and inclusive growth, a hightrust society, and a globally competitive knowledge economy. Among the economic priorities identifi ed by the current administration, which took office in June 2016, are addressing underinvestment in infrastructure and reducing income inequality and regional growth disparities.
  • Understanding the Investment Fundamentals of the Banking Sector. A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors"

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 10340
    Downloads: 390
    INTRODUCTION TO SECTOR ANALYSIS: A FRAMEWORK FOR INVESTORS

    The key to a company’s success depends on how well it executes its business model. This calls for optimising the allocation of limited resources to generate sustainable cash flows, for investing in new products, technologies, and services in responding to the wider competitive landscape or societal changes and mega trends, as well as for devising appropriate responses in the face of an evolving macroeconomic, regulatory, and political environment.  

    Different industries often require very different business models; and even within the same industry, the model that does add value to the business may vary somewhat from company to company.  

    To help investors undertake proper due diligence on a company, we have generated a framework of analysis designed to tease out the following: (1) whether the pertinent factors favour the firm in question; and (2) whether management is effective in executing its business model or value-generating strategies, while responding appropriately to its external environment.

    This framework is customised to specific sectors and incorporates interviews with professionals within those sectors. 
     
    THE BANKING SECTOR

    In earlier editions of the Sector Analysis series, we explored the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) business model and the Telecommunications sector. In this article, we examine banks and highlight the various factors and lines of enquiry that will help you make informed investment decisions.

    SPHERES OF OPERATION

    The role banks play in our lives is vital. Their activities underpin the efficient working of an economy – indeed, they are often among the most significant constituents of a country’s stock market. When we talk about banks, we are not just referring to the familiar branches we occasionally visit to deposit funds or withdraw cash. Banks is an umbrella term that describes an industry subdivided into several segments, including, but not restricted to Consumer Banking & Wealth Management (also known as retail banking), Wholesale (also known as institutional banking) and Treasury.

    To read more, download the full sector analysis for the Banking Sector with accompanying question bank below.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
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  • China Market Strategy - 2H18 Outlook: Rough Sailing

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 30 Jul 2018
    Views: 1194
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 21 May 2018.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits.
  • Shariah in a Fast-Changing

    Source: Alka Banerjee
    Date Submitted: 23 May 2018
    Views: 139
    Downloads: 6
    2017 was a strong year for equity markets globally, but we saw even stronger performance from Shariah equity markets.
  • Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperformed Conventional Benchmarks in Q1 Driven by Strength in the Technology Sector

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
    Views: 1198
    Downloads: 0
    Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts in Q1 2018, as the information technology sector led the market by a wide margin, and financials matched the returns of the broad market.
  • Recently Announced Mergers & Acquisitions in the REIT Sector

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 21 May 2018
    Views: 585
    Downloads: 6
    Recently Announced Mergers & Acquisitions in the REIT Sector​
    • ​In the month thus far, ESR-REIT and Viva Industrial Trust have proposed a potential merger, whilst CCT, Manulife US REIT, FLT, Keppel DC REIT and SPH REIT have announced acquisitions to expand their property portfolios.
    • In the 2018 YTD, Singapore’s 34 REITs and six Stapled Trusts have averaged a 1.8% decline in total return, trimming the 12M average total return to 9.1%. The strongest performing REITs in the YTD were Sabana Shariah, Cromwell EUR, BHG Retail, Manulife US & IREIT Global.
    • The FTSE ST REIT Index currently maintains a 6.0% yield which is 3.3% above Singapore 10 year Government Bond Yields at 2.7%. Since Sep 2009, the yield differential between the Index and bonds has averaged 4.1.
  • Revenue Exposure of the S&P/ASX 200

    Source: Utkarsh Agrawal
    Date Submitted: 18 May 2018
    Views: 210
    Downloads: 0
    As of year-end 2017, only 60 companies in the S&P/ASX 200 derived their revenue solely from the domestic market, while the rest of the companies had exposure to foreign markets. Hence, it is worthwhile to review the global revenue exposure of the index.
  • Do Earnings Revision Matter in India?

    Source: Akash Jain, Bed Malla
    Date Submitted: 16 May 2018
    Views: 353
    Downloads: 0
    Akash Jain, Associate Director - Research & Design in conversation with Ved Malla, Associate Director at S&P BSE Indices on recent research paper.
  • Shariah Report 2018 Q1

    Source: John Welling, Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 11 May 2018
    Views: 90
    Downloads: 5
    Take a look at how the Shariah Indices performed in the 2018 Q1.
  • China in Brief: Some Debts Good, Some Debts Bad

    Source: Sandra Chow, CFA, Ang Ben You, Cheong Yin Chin, CFA
    Date Submitted: 07 May 2018
    Views: 367
    Downloads: 0
    • Chinese banks and corporates have now released their full FY17 financial statements, following preliminary results in March.  The reports revealed how China's clampdown on leverage is starting to affect individual issuers in different ways.
    • Chinese banks' FY17 operating metrics showed the larger banks (the big six and larger joint stock banks) emerging stronger than the smaller banks from the government's deleveraging campaign, in terms of profitability and asset quality.   Because larger banks have been net interbank lenders, profitability has benefited from higher interbank rates. Asset quality also showed positive trends with special mention loan ratios falling and NPL (non-performing loan) classification actually becoming more conservative. On the other hand, the weaker joint stock and city commercial banks have seen profitability take a hit due to more expensive interbank funding costs. Their deteriorating asset quality shows them as being disproportionately affected by China's deleveraging campaign. 
    • Asset growth showed broad moderation at the banks in FY17, though growth rates were still higher at the smaller ones. The big six banks reported broadly lower asset growth rates compared to FY16. This trend can be extrapolated to the joint stock and city commercial banks, though here the picture was more mixed, with a few still seeing expansion. Slower asset growth was driven mainly by investment receivables, which fell as a % of assets at many banks. Banks' exposure to shadow loans should continue to shrink this year given the emphasis on fighting financial risks; we expect more regulations targeted at these items. 
    • Chinese real estate firms' liquidity weakened during FY17, despite robust contracted sales.  Slower mortgage approvals amid China's credit tightening delayed the companies' cash collections.  Undeterred, the developers continued heavy land acquisitions and most surpassed their FY17 land purchase budgets. All of the developers we cover aside from Greenland Hong Kong posted negative free cash flow last year. We see more bond supply risk from the China property sector as the developers plug their funding gaps with fresh onshore and offshore debt. The authorities do not seem to be clamping down heavily on developers' funding sources: onshore bond issuance among the Chinese high yield developers we track soared by 76% up to 20 April this year, compared to the same period in 2017. Offshore bond issuance has also remained steady, although rising risk aversion among $ bond investors is crimping appetite for Chinese property bonds and prompting more issuance of short-dated paper.
    • The Chinese industrial companies we track posted solid FY17 results overall, with companies ranging from car maker Geely Auto, piped gas provider China Oil & Gas and infant formula provider Health & Happiness reporting improving operations and stable or stronger credit metrics. With more prudent capex plans than the property developers, funding needs are generally lower. But regulatory approval for bond issuance seems to be on a case-by-case basis and issuers from overcapacity industries may find it harder to gain approval. Aluminium producer China Hongqiao, for instance, issued a 363-day bond in April, suggesting that investors were taking a cautious view of Hongqiao's long-term credit outlook, or that the company struggled to obtain an issuance quota from China's National Development and Reform Commission (deals of under 1 year maturity are not subject to NDRC approval). Yet the authorities are also supporting new funding channels selectively, presumably to ease the impact of credit tightening. West China Cement reported that it enjoys tax-free income from its new finance lease business, for instance.
    • We expect China will continue to tweak credit restrictions selectively, in order to rein in excessive leverage without causing a credit crunch.  Regulatory approval can be forthcoming to fund projects that are in line with government policies. For example, despite the general credit tightening, Chinese developers can obtain large quotas for China's new 'Rental Apartment Special Bonds' (长租公寓REIT), as the government tries to tackle the problem of housing affordability.  Amid the deleveraging campaign, it seems that not all debt is bad after all.
  • Carbon Risk Integration: Interaction Between Carbon Risk and Traditional Risk Factors

    Source: Kelly Tang
    Date Submitted: 07 May 2018
    Views: 875
    Downloads: 0
    We argue that a pure, unconstrained, carbon-efficient portfolio outperformed a carbon-inefficient portfolio, as well as the underlying benchmark, on an absolute return basis, but underperformed on a risk-adjusted basis due to the portfolio having higher volatility.
  • How Are International Trade Issues Influencing Global Markets?

    Source: Sam Tsui, Blu Putnam
    Date Submitted: 04 May 2018
    Views: 647
    Downloads: 0
    The fear of trade war has been intensified with announcement of import tariff by the U.S. S&P DJI’s Sam Tsui sits with CME Group’s Blu Putnam to discuss the international trade issues and the impacts on the economies.
  • Banks, Telcos & Consumer Staples Led Sectors in April​

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 04 May 2018
    Views: 199
    Downloads: 7
    Banks, Telcos & Consumer Staples Led Sectors in April​
    • The STI continued to outperform the region in April with Bank-led gains driving the STI’s total return to 7.1% over the first four months of 2018. This compared to an average decline of 0.1% for the benchmarks of Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
    • The three strongest sector segments in April included Banks, with capitalisation-weighted gains of 10.7%, followed by Telecommunication Services and Consumer Staples, both with capitalisation weighted returns of 4.0%.
    • M1 led the performances of the largest Telecommunication Services stocks in April with a 7.6% total return, whilst Thai Beverage PCL and Sheng Siong Group led the largest Consumer Staples stocks with 9.6% and 9.7% respective returns.
  • How Equal Weight Avoided Japan's "Lost Decades"

    Source: Hamish Preston
    Date Submitted: 02 May 2018
    Views: 201
    Downloads: 0
    Over the 15-year period ending in February 2018, encompassing the latter part of Japan’s so-called “lost decades” of stagnant equity returns, the equal-weight index would have outperformed the cap-weighted Japanese equity benchmark by a stonking 7.41%, annualized.
  • DBS, OCBC & UOB Averaged 50% Returns Over Past 12M

    Source: SGX Research
    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2018
    Views: 706
    Downloads: 7
    DBS, OCBC & UOB Averaged 50% Returns Over Past 12M
    • DBS, OCBC and UOB averaged 8% gains in April-to-date, bringing average YTD total returns to 14%, and 12 month average total returns to 50%. April has seen the three banks trade at all-time highs, with DBS recently trading at a high of S$30.00.
    • The three banks currently average a 1.5x P/B, above the 10 year average P/B, and in-line with the 20 year average. In the YTD institutional investors were net buyers of the three banks, with inflows totalling S$1.12 billion, following net inflows of S$3.39 billion in 2017.
    • FY17 Net Profit of the three banks totalled S$11.9 billion. Recent Annual Reports detailed multiple initiatives in FY17, with all three banks reporting growth of wealth management services, digital innovations and alignments with the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).
  • 【中国市场策略】大国博弈

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 29 Apr 2018
    Views: 245
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 30/04/2018
  • 【China Market Strategy】Great Powers Collide

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 29 Apr 2018
    Views: 2893
    Downloads: 7
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 30/04/2018  
  • Request for Comments: Sovereign Rating Criteria

    Source: Liang Zhong
    Date Submitted: 25 Apr 2018
    Views: 447
    Downloads: 6

    HONG KONG, 25 Apr 2018. Pengyuan International has today released its Sovereign Rating Criteria for public consultation. These criteria will be effective immediately on the date of final publication, and we intend to complete the review of all affected ratings, if any, within six months thereafter. We expect no impact on our current rating portfolio. 

     

    We would appreciate comments on these draft criteria from investors and other market participants. The request-for-comment version of the Criteria and analyst contact details are available via the following link:

     

    Sovereign Rating Criteria: http://www.pyrating.com/Methodology/Index/10008.html 

     

    Our Sovereign Rating Criteria describe our analytical approach to assessing the credit risks of all sovereigns and assigning issuer credit ratings (ICRs) and issuance credit ratings to sovereigns. We explain in detail how we assess the key rating factors (namely a sovereign issuer’s debt burden, stage of economic development, economic fundamentals, institutions and policies and distinctive movers of underlying liquidity risk) that together drive a sovereign’s indicative credit score (ICS). We also outline our other analytical considerations, which, together with the ICS, will determine an entity’s Issuer Credit Rating.  

    For these criteria, we define a sovereign as a member state of United Nations or a state that runs its own government, enjoys fiscal independence and determines its own monetary regime.

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  • Regional Healthcare Stocks Leading the World in 2018 YTD

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 24 Apr 2018
    Views: 5407
    Downloads: 9
    Regional Healthcare Stocks Leading the World in 2018 YTD​
    • The SGX All Healthcare Index has gained 4.6% in the 2018 YTD, similar to the MSCI AC Asia Pacific Health Care Index returns of 4.7%, and higher than the MSCI World Health Care Index decline of 2.1.
    • The five largest capitalised stocks of the SGX All Healthcare Index include IHH Healthcare Bhd, Top Glove Corp Bhd, Haw Par Corp, Raffles Medical Group and Tianjin Zhong Xin Pharm Group. All five stocks have gained in the YTD, with average total returns of 11.6% and median total returns of 5.7%.
    • Of these five stocks, the strongest two stocks both in the 2018 YTD and past 12M maintain a strong product focus – Top Glove Corp, with a product presence in virtually every corner of the globe, and Haw Par Corp, with a global consumer base for its Tiger Balm products.
  • S&P GIVI® Japan and Major Single Factors Q1 2018

    Source: Tianyin Cheng
    Date Submitted: 20 Apr 2018
    Views: 63
    Downloads: 2
    The S&P GIVI (Global Intrinsic Value Index) Japan outperformed its benchmark index, the S&P Japan BMI, by 2 bps in Q1 2018. Since its launch in March 2012, the S&P GIVI Japan has outperformed its benchmark index by 0.65% per year, with a tracking error of 2.32%.
  • The Impact of the Global Economy on the S&P 500®

    Source: Phillip Brzenk
    Date Submitted: 18 Apr 2018
    Views: 596
    Downloads: 10
    In this paper, we examine the geographic revenue distribution of the S&P 500 and see what, if any, impact foreign economies and geographically driven market events may have on overall index performance. 
  • Takeaways From the SPIVA® India Year-End 2017 Scorecard 

    Source: Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 13 Apr 2018
    Views: 68
    Downloads: 0
    The biannual SPIVA® India Scorecard attempts to capture the performance of active funds (both equity and bond funds) domiciled in India against the S&P BSE benchmarks over different time horizons. 
  • SPIVA® Japan Year-End 2017 

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 12 Apr 2018
    Views: 26
    Downloads: 1
    The SPIVA® Japan Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Japanese mutual funds against their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year investment horizons. 
  • The Evolution of Indian Indices

    Source: Alka Banerjee
    Date Submitted: 10 Apr 2018
    Views: 387
    Downloads: 0
    The world of indexing is constantly growing and evolving and the Indian index providers have geared up to match the global pace.
  • SGX-Listed Stocks & ETFs with Exposure to Fast-Growing Malaysia

    Source: SGX MY Gateway
    Date Submitted: 10 Apr 2018
    Views: 220
    Downloads: 20
    SGX-Listed Stocks & ETFs with Exposure to Fast-Growing Malaysia
    • Malaysia’s economy is expected to grow by 5.3% in 2018, with BNM citing favourable income and labour market conditions, spending on new and ongoing infrastructure projects and sustained capital investment by firms in manufacturing and services sectors.
    • Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised stocks that report the majority of their revenue to Malaysia have averaged a 4% gain in the 2018 YTD. The 10 stocks span six Sectors, with the 2018 YTD gains taking their average 12M average total return to 20%.
    • Over the past 12M, Sunright led the performances of the 10 stocks, with a 136% total return. As one of the world’s largest independent providers of burn-in and test services, it reported 1HFY18 (ending 31 Jan) PBT YoY growth of 25%, building on PBT YoY growth of 75% in FY17.
  • Weekly Market Update (01 April- 05 April 2018)

    Source: EBL Securities Research
    Date Submitted: 05 Apr 2018
    Views: 136
    Downloads: 10
    The winning streak in the prime bourse of the country extended for the two weeks in a row with optimistic vibe among investors. Market partakers started to exhibit their active participation as they regained confidence  riding on various steps taken by the government like- reducing CRR, increase fund flow in the market and so on. As a result, market observed significant increase in participation of investors from both side of the fence in this week. Almost all the sectors showed shining performance this week. Investor’s activities were mostly concentrated on Bank (23.4%), Engineering (13.7%) and Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals (11.7%) Sectors. Financial Institutions (10.5%), IT (8.7%) and Life Insurance (7.1%)  sectors has witnessed positive change this week while Tannery (-0.7%) and Food & Allied (-0.1%) sectors have faced correction in this week. Average market turnover of this week increased to BDT 5.43 billion as opposed to BDT 3.21 billion last week. During this week, the port city bourse, CSE closed in green zone. CSCX and CASPI were increased by 488.1  and 803 points respectively.
     
  • How Smart Beta Strategies Work in the Australian Market

    Source: Liyu Zeng, Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 30 Jul 2018
    Views: 521
    Downloads: 22
    With increasing interest in smart beta strategies in the Australian equity market, we examined the effectiveness of six well-known risk factors, size, value, low volatility, momentum, quality, and dividends, in the Australian equity market from Dec. 31, 2004, to Dec. 29, 2017.

    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits.
     
  • AsianFA Economic Depreciation in the Property Value: Cross-Sectional Variations and Their Implications on Investments

    Source: Jiro Yoshida,
    Date Submitted: 02 Apr 2018
    Views: 225
    Downloads: 9
    CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange Best Paper Award:
    I would like my accepted AsianFA paper considered for the CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange Award, 
  • How Did Australian Active Funds Perform in 2017?

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 09 Apr 2018
    Views: 288
    Downloads: 0
    This blog post examines the SPIVA® Australia Scorecard, which reports on the performance of actively managed Australian mutual funds against their respective benchmark indices over various investment horizons.
  • Equity Valuation Report on LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited

    Source: Md. Nazmus Sakib
    Date Submitted: 29 Mar 2018
    Views: 502
    Downloads: 64
    LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited (LHBL), previously known as Lafarge Surma Cement Limited (LSCL) produces clinker and cement in its plant located in Chhatak, Sunamganj which is the only fully integrated dry process cement plant in Bangladesh. It sources its primary raw material, limestone from its own quarry in Meghalaya, India which is brought to the plant using 17 Kilometer long conveyor belt. Currently it has 3 subsidiaries - Lafarge Umiam Mining Private Limited (100% Holding), Lum Mawshun Minerals Private Limited (74% Holding), and Holcim Bangladesh Limited (100% Holding).

    We conducted a valuation on LHBL based on Discounted Cash Flow method and relative valuation. Currently, LHBL is traded at BDT 56.9 (as on 29th March, 2018). In our valuation, the target price for LHBL based on DCF and Relative Valuation is determined at BDT 58.7 per share for 1 year holding period.

     
  • AsianFA conference paper: Aggregate Expected Investment Growth and Stock Market Returns

    Source: Huijun Wang, University of Delaware, Jianfeng Yu, PBCSF, Tsinghua University, Jun Li, University of Texas at Dallas
    Date Submitted: 28 Mar 2018
    Views: 177
    Downloads: 2
    This is a conference paper accepted at 2018 Asian Finance Association annual meeting to be considered for the CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange Award, 
  • SPIVA® India Scorecard

    Source: Akash Jain
    Date Submitted: 28 Mar 2018
    Views: 104
    Downloads: 3
    The SPIVA India Scorecard compares the performance of actively managed Indian mutual funds with their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year investment horizons.
  • Persistence of Australian Funds

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 27 Mar 2018
    Views: 821
    Downloads: 12
    In this report, we measure the performance persistence of Australian active funds that outperformed their peers and benchmarks over consecutive three- and five-year periods, and we analyze their transition matrices over subsequent periods.
  • NZFC - The influence of investment volatility on capital structure and cash holdings

    Source: Mona Yaghoubi, Michael O’Connor Keefe
    Date Submitted: 27 Mar 2018
    Views: 225
    Downloads: 7
    Despite theoretical motivation, the relationship between investment volatility, capital structure, and cash levels is unstudied in the empirical literature. Our evidence suggests: i) firms with relatively high capital expenditure and acquisition investment volatility hold relatively higher levels of debt and lower levels of cash, ii) firms fund large capital expenditures and acquisitions by increasing debt or decreasing cash, iii) immediately after funding large investments firms reduce debt levels and increase cash holdings. Research and development investment volatility is related to lower debt levels and higher cash levels, and does not exhibit similar investment spike funding. Overall, our results are consistent with parts, but not all, of the DeAngelo, DeAngelo and Whited (2011) model.
  • NZFC - Gambling in the Stock Market: The Motivations behind Excessive and Speculative Trading

    Source: Ruben Cox, Atcha Kamolsareeratana, Roy Kouwenberg
    Date Submitted: 27 Mar 2018
    Views: 190
    Downloads: 3
    Active stock trading by individual investors is hard to explain, as investors who trade more actively tend to perform worse. Using a unique survey dataset, we investigate to what extent gambling motives can explain excessive and speculative trading. We use five different proxies for gambling motives, ranging from fairly innocent, such as aspiring a small chance to become rich, to quite severe, namely a standard psychiatric test for compulsive gambling. We find that especially compulsive gambling can explain frequent trading by individual investors well, in addition to indicators for participating in conventional gambling activities (e.g., casinos). In addition, investors driven by gambling motives tend to be in a significantly worse financial situation compared to other investors with a similar socio-demographic profile. 
  • NZFC - How is investment efficiency related to investment transparency?

    Source: JG Chen, David Smith, Carolyn Wirth
    Date Submitted: 27 Mar 2018
    Views: 128
    Downloads: 2
    The relationship between investment efficiency and investment transparency is investigated using a sample of Australian listed company capital expenditure announcements between 2008 and 2014. We suggest two opposing hypotheses to explain why investment efficiency may influence the imformativeness of investment disclosures, and present evidence that investment transparency is greater for firms that are overinvesting and when sales growth is positive. This evidence is supported by the results from a simultaneous equation regression that considers endogeneity issues. Further evidence reveals that these firms achieve higher profitability and cash flow from operations surrounding the investment announcements, and that high sales growth firms maintain higher debt levels to sustain their investment. Hence the availability of liquid resources appears to support the aggressive investment practices of these firms, and their need for debt financing gives their managers incentives to disclose more financial information in order to ‘hype’ the stock and reduce the costs of financing. Considering possible reverse causality, the results show that investment transparency does not improve investment efficiency. Our interpretation is that managers’ forecasts of project profitability are unsubstantiated and hence in an overinvestment situation are ineffective in reducing information asymmetries.   
  • NZFC - Share Repurchases in Different Taxation Systems

    Source: Rhys Allan, Michael O’Connor Keefe
    Date Submitted: 27 Mar 2018
    Views: 45
    Downloads: 1
    This paper examines whether tax policy influences a firm share repurchase decision. Using firm-level data from single and double dividends taxation system, we find that firms in a single dividend taxation system repurchase fewer shares than those in a double. We find that repurchases by firms in a single dividends taxation system are less sensitive to cash flow than firms with a double taxation system. We find that firms in a single dividends taxation system use share repurchases to distribute non-operating income, however, do not use repurchases to distribute operating income. In contrast to past literature, we find that firms in a double dividends taxation system use share repurchases to distribute both operating and non-operating income. We also find evidence consistent with past literature that suggests share repurchases are complements rather than substitutes to cash dividends. 
  • 【China Market Strategy】1987

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 26 Mar 2018
    Views: 379
    Downloads: 27
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 26/03/2018 
  • Understanding the Investment Fundamentals of the Telecommunications Sector. A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors"

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
    Views: 36295
    Downloads: 415
    For investors exploring the telecommunications sector, it is important to be aware of the key economic, operational and regulatory factors influencing these firms. These not only vary from country to country but also from company to company, depending on the kind of service that is being provided – fixed line, mobile or a combination of the two. Common to all are the opportunities afforded by the growth in data and the proliferation of online services. For operators in developing markets, lower penetration rates offer long-term opportunities. Meanwhile for operators in the  developed world, staying relevant by keeping pace with technological advancements is vital. In general, the sector is marked by intense competition, hefty capital expenditure requirements (at least historically) and rigorous regulatory intrusion.

    There are three listed telecommunication stocks in the FTSE ST All-Share index, with a net market capitalisation of S$28.6 billion, and they accounted for 7.5% of the index as at 31 Jan 2018*. Of the three, SingTel is the largest constituent  company, representing about 90% of the Singapore telecommunication sector by market capitalisation.

    The sector analysis for REITs can be found on ARX here: https://www.arx.cfa/post/Understanding-Real-Estate-Investment-Trusts-REITS-Sector-Analysis-A-Framework-for-Investors-5166.html 

    To read more, download the full sector analysis for the telecommunications sector with accompanying question bank below. 

    This publication qualifies for 0.5 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits.  
  • 【中国市场策略】1987

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 26 Mar 2018
    Views: 295
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 26/03/2018
  • 【中国市场策略】非常规贸易战

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 26 Mar 2018
    Views: 54
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 24 Mar 2018.
  • China Market Strategy - An Unconventional War

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 26 Mar 2018
    Views: 223
    Downloads: 2
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 24 March 2018.
  • Global Applications of the S&P 500® Sectors

    Source: Tim Edwards, Craig J. Lazzara, Hamish Preston, Francesca Bruna Pipino
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2018
    Views: 92
    Downloads: 2
    This paper examines the applications of U.S. sector indices in a portfolio context, from the perspective of both international and domestic investors. 
  • NZFC - Operational Efficiency of Bank Loans and Deposits A Case Study of Vietnamese Banking System 

    Source: Tram Nguyen, David Tripe, Thanh Ngo
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2018
    Views: 661
    Downloads: 24
    This paper examines whether there is a causal relationship between bank loans and deposits in the Vietnamese banking system and how efficient the use of loans and deposits by the Vietnamese banks is. In a country such as Vietnam, where inter-bank money markets are relatively underdeveloped, one would expect a reasonably strong relationship between deposits and loans. A pooled cross-sectional sample of certain financial ratios is collected from annual reports of 44 Vietnamese banks over the period from 2008 to 2015. The explanatory power of certain instrumental variables in relation to the endogenous variables is tested. The deterministic frontier model based on corrected ordinary least squares, estimated by three-stage least squares on a simultaneous equations model, is employed to derive the frontiers for the sampled banks as well as to estimate the causality between bank loans and deposits. Our findings suggest that in an underdevelopment banking system such as Vietnam, bank deposits have positive and significant impact on bank loans, but the reversal relationship is not significant. It is further suggested that Vietnamese banks performed moderately well in the examined period, but in the near future, they should start to focus more on deposits-taking activities. 
  • NZFC - Market Power and Efficiency in Banking: The Case of USA and Canada

    Source: Salah U-Din, David Tripe, MH. Kabir
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2018
    Views: 117
    Downloads: 3
    The banking markets of USA and Canada have gone through the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and many other changes during the period 2003-15. The USA banking market was impacted by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), and a number of mergers occurred, while the extent of the GFC’s impact on Canada was much less severe, and there was no major merger and acquisition activity. This study compares the impact of changing market concentration and power on the efficiency of the major banks in both the countries, using stochastic frontier analysis. A significant impact of GFC is observed on market power, concentration, and bank efficiency during the 2007-09 period. Overall, Canadian banks posted better efficiency scores than their US counterparts. We find that market power had a positive impact and market concentration a negative impact on bank efficiency. Market power is used to lower the cost of funds and increase the price of loans to achieve an optimal level of performance (from the banks’ perspective). The paper contributes by integrating competition measures into the study of efficiency, demonstrating that inclusion of efficiency allows a more precise estimation of the frontier. The paper also has implications for the regulation of the banking sector, particularly with regard to competition.
  • NZFC - ​Do profitable banks really make a positive contribution to the economy? A study across ten Asia-Pacific countries

    Source: Vijay Kumar
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2018
    Views: 112
    Downloads: 2
    This study investigates the relationship between the profitability of the banks and economic growth in ten countries across the Asia-Pacific region over the period from 2004 to 2014. Our findings suggest that a profitable banking sector is a prerequisite for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Perhaps surprisingly we found that bank size has a negative impact on GDP growth with the influence of bank profitability on economic growth reducing when the size of banking sector increases. Furthermore, our results show that the impact of profitability on economic growth is much larger in semi-developed/developed economies compared to small emerging and large emerging economies.
  • NZFC - The Financial Crisis and the Shadow Price of Bank Capital

    Source: Maryam Hasannasab, Dimitris Margaritis, Christos Staikouras
    Date Submitted: 21 Mar 2018
    Views: 68
    Downloads: 0
    We employ parametric forms of directional distance functions to obtain shadow prices of bank equity capital for listed and unlisted banks. We exploit cost, revenue and profit maximisation as the optimisation criteria to derive pricing rules, which allow us to find shadow prices for both inputs and outputs by explicitly accounting for the bank’s capital structure choices and hence risk-taking behaviour. We show how knowledge of one input price can be used to price outputs and how knowledge of one output price can be used to price inputs along with information on input and output quantities. We also show how information on total cost or revenue can be used to shadow price inputs and outputs, respectively. We obtain some striking results highlighting the perils of overambitious balance sheet expansions supported by excessive leverage. 
  • NZFC - A New Perspective on the Performance of New Zealand Actively Managed Funds

    Source: Bart Frijns, Ivan Indriawan
    Date Submitted: 19 Mar 2018
    Views: 186
    Downloads: 3
    The returns on New Zealand equity holdings of New Zealand actively managed funds from 2010 to 2017 provide little evidence of risk-adjusted outperformance and stock-picking skill. These exposures yield pre-cost returns that have a nearly perfect correlation with the market index and an insignificant alpha of 0.05% per month. Funds show little tendency to bet on any of the main characteristics known to predict stock returns, such as size, book-to-market and momentum. While we observe some variation in performance for funds with different characteristics, we observe no outperformance across these different characteristics either. In addition, we show that the average Active Shares and Tracking Errors are low, suggesting that the majority of funds hold New Zealand equity portfolios that closely mimic the market index. 
  • NZFC - Market Volatility, Liquidity Shocks, and Stock Returns: Worldwide Evidence

    Source: Rui Ma, Hamish D. Anderson, Ben R. Marshall
    Date Submitted: 19 Mar 2018
    Views: 26
    Downloads: 0
    We examine the interaction between market volatility, liquidity shocks, and stock returns in 41 countries over the period 1990–2015. We find liquidity is an important channel through which market volatility affects stock returns in international markets and we show this is distinct from the direct volatility–return relation. The influence of the liquidity channel on the link between market volatility and returns is stronger in markets exhibiting higher levels of market volatility and lower trading volume. It is also stronger in countries with better governance, no short-selling constraints, and more high-frequency trading and during crisis periods.
  • Asian Fixed Income: Mega 30 in China Versus U.S.

    Source: Michele Leung
    Date Submitted: 03 May 2018
    Views: 18103
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    Despite the lackluster performance of Chinese bonds in 2017, the market value tracked by the S&P China Bond Index continued to expand and reached CNY 56.9 trillion (USD 9 trillion).
  • Understanding the Investment Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS). A part of the series "Sector Analysis: A Framework for Investors"

    Source: Alan Lok, CFA, Eunice Chu, ACCA, Guruprasad Jambunathan
    Date Submitted: 15 Apr 2019
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    INTRODUCTION TO SECTOR ANALYSIS: A FRAMEWORK FOR INVESTORS

    The key to a company’s success depends on how well it executes its business model. This calls for optimising the allocation of limited resources to generate sustainable cash flows, for investing in new products, technologies, and services in responding to the wider competitive landscape or societal changes and mega trends, as well as for devising appropriate responses in the face of an evolving macroeconomic, regulatory, and political environment.  

    Different industries often require very different business models; and even within the same industry, the model that does add value to the business may vary somewhat from company to company.  

    To help investors undertake proper due diligence on a company, we have generated a framework of analysis designed to tease out the following: (1) whether the pertinent factors favour the firm in question; and (2) whether management is effective in executing its business model or value-generating strategies, while responding appropriately to its external environment.

    This framework is customised to specific sectors and incorporates interviews with professionals within those sectors. 
     
    REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST (REIT) SECTOR 

    REITs are vehicles that own and typically operate a portfolio of income-yielding real estate assets. Modelled along the lines of unit trusts, REITs allow for funds to be pooled from a group of investors. Such a structure provides retail investors with several advantages: a low-hurdle of entry and exposure to a diversified pool of real estate assets with a high level of liquidity, which would not otherwise be possible with direct investing. 

    Most REITs are publicly listed, and declare above 90% of their earnings as dividends to fulfil certain benefits accorded to REITs by the local securities regulator. As such, REITs provide a stable source of recurrent income, which serves as a yield play rather than an investment avenue for reaping capital gains. We believe an effective and accurate fundamental analysis can help the retail investor determine if the recurrent income is stable and/or trending upwards over the long term. 

    A REIT generally focuses on a specific category of property for investments.  Some common classifications of REITs include: Office & Commercial REITs, Retail REITs, and Industrial REITs.

    To read more, download the full sector analysis for REITs with accompanying question bank below.

    This publication qualifies for 1.0 CE credits under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
     
  • NZFC - Revisiting the linkages between real estate and equity markets through the lens of a wavelet analysis

    Source: CuongNguyen, Duc Khuong Nguyen, Ricardo Sousa, Gazi Salah Uddin
    Date Submitted: 15 Mar 2018
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    Understanding the relationship between real estate and equity markets is of paramount importance, even more after the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis in 2008 and as witnessed by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). In this paper, we take a comprehensive perspective of those linkages by focusing on the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) segment and relying on continuous wavelet analysis and frequency causality.Using monthly data for the U.S. over the period January 1972 - April 2014, we show that the co-movement between U.S. real estate and equity returns varies both across frequencies and over time, which can be informative about the existence of diversification benefits. Our empirical evidence also provides important insights about the direction of causality between the two asset returns, which sheds light about the hedging opportunities between them. It means that a dedicated equity-real estate portfolio would have to consider the effects of time and frequencies, in order to maximize the diversification benefits.
  • NZFC - Properties and the Predictive Power of Implied Volatility in Dairy Market

    Source: Adrian Fernandez-Perez, Bart Frijns, Ilnara Gafiatullina, Alireza Tourani-Rad
    Date Submitted: 14 Mar 2018
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    We examine the statistical properties and predictive power of an Implied Volatility Index derived from New Zealand Exchange (NZX) options on Whole Milk Powder futures. To construct the implied volatility index for the Dairy market (termed the DVIX) we follow an approach similar to the CBOE VXO methodology. The analysis of seasonalities in the DVIX reveals an annual seasonality with a decrease in the DVIX in the months of April, May and June. We further document an inverse return-volatility relationship which exhibits asymmetry, implying that positive moves in the WMP futures prices are associated with larger absolute changes in the DVIX than negative moves in the WMP Futures prices. In the in-sample forecasting exercise, we combine the GARCH model with implied volatility. The results strongly suggest that the DVIX has a high information content regarding conditional variance and that the historical information only marginally improves the information content provided by the DVIX. In the out-of-sample forecasting exercise, we formulate and test several hypotheses related to the information content of implied volatility relative to several alternatives (such as historical volatility or a forecast from GARCH-type models). While we find that the DVIX is not an unbiased estimate, it provides substantial information about the future realized volatility. We also document that a combination of historical volatility and the DVIX provides the best out-of-sample forecasts. 
  • NZFC - Harvesting Commodity Styles: An Integrated Framework

    Source: ADRIAN FERNANDEZ-PEREZ, ANA-MARIA FUERTES, JOËLLE MIFFRE
    Date Submitted: 14 Mar 2018
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    This paper develops a portfolio allocation framework to study the benefits of style integration and to compare the effectiveness of alternative integration methods in commodity futures markets. The framework is flexible enough to be applicable to any asset class for either longshort, long- or short-only styles. We study the naïve equally-weighted integration and sophisticated integrations where the style exposures are estimated by utility maximization, style rotation, volatility-timing, cross-sectional pricing or principal components methods. Considering a “universe” of eleven long-short commodity styles, we demonstrate that the naïve integration improves the reward-to-risk tradeoff and crash risk profile of each individual style. While also achieving multiple-style exposures, the sophisticated integrations are unable to challenge the equally-weighted integration because this naïve approach circumvents estimation risk and perfect-foresight bias. The findings hold after trading costs, various reformulations of the sophisticated integrations, economic sub-period analyses and data snooping tests inter alia. 
  • Surveys and Countering Violent Extremism: A Practitioner Guide

    Source: Matthew Nanes, Bryony Lau
    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
    Views: 59
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    The intent of this practitioner guide is to better acquaint development practitioners with the use of surveys in preventing or countering violent extremism (CVE). Surveys are an excellent way to gather systematic data about violent extremism, as well as the behaviors and attitudes of the general public or important segments of the population such as victims, potential perpetrators, and even extremists themselves. They can capture information about the drivers of violent extremism and reveal which are the most significant, in what areas, and among whom. When applied to programming, surveys can improve the targeting and design of projects and can measure results. This guide emphasizes that surveys are a powerful and flexible tool with many potential applications to CVE. It also underscores what surveys cannot do, and acknowledges that surveys will often be most effective when combined with qualitative and other quantitative methods. The advice provided will help practitioners ensure that their surveys yield accurate, useful data about violent extremism while gathering information ethically and safely.
  • Vietnam

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    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
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    The Asia Foundation has supported Vietnam’s ongoing transformation since 1993 through a network of partners in government, the private sector, and civil society. With a resident office in Hanoi since 2000, the Foundation supports Vietnam’s continued growth and rising regional and international stature with programs in critical areas such as women’s economic empowerment, environmental resilience, girls’ education, inclusive economic growth, migrant-worker rights, and regional and international integration.
  • Environment

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    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
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    Asia faces growing vulnerability to natural disasters, flooding, drought and other transboundary environmental problems, with severe consequences for rural and urban communities, food security, economic growth, and political stability. Environmental problems, by their very nature, are as complex as they are inevitable. They are the unintended by-products of the very development activities nations pursue to grow their economies. Addressing environmental issues requires strong governance structures to facilitate multi-sectoral and multilevel dialogue among government agencies, private sector, civil society, research institutions, and other stakeholders. Ultimately, solutions require collective political will: stakeholders from across sectors working toward a shared vision for socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable development. The Asia Foundation, drawing upon 60 years of governance experience, plays an essential role in helping Asian countries address critical national and regional environmental challenges.
  • Advancing Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in Vietnam

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    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
    Views: 100
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    The Asia Foundation has worked to advance women’s empowerment in Vietnam for more than 25 years, recognizing that when women and girls thrive, families and communities flourish. By forging strategic partnerships with government institutions, local NGOs, and the private sector, we pioneer results-based projects to strengthen women’s and girls’ economic opportunities, political voice and participation, and rights and security, while pursuing an integrated approach that promotes gender equality across all sectors.
  • The New Golbal Agenda and the Future of the Multilateral Development Bank System

    Source: Amar Bhattacharya, Homi Kharas, Mark Plant, Annalisa Prizzon
    Date Submitted: 28 Feb 2018
    Views: 30
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    This paper suggests ways to improve policy and operational coherence among MDBs and outlines how better shareholder governance could bring this about. It focuses on the need for stepped-up financing of investments in developing countries, but should be viewed in the broader context of managing globalization, especially with regard to trade and financial stability.
  • Leave No Country Behind: Ending Poverty in the Toughest Places

    Source: Geoffrey Gertz, Homi Kharas
    Date Submitted: 28 Feb 2018
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    In 2015, the members of the United Nations agreed to end extreme poverty by 2030, the first of 17 SDGs. For the world to achieve this, some 30 high poverty countries that have seen little to no poverty reduction in recent years will need to alter their current trajectories. These are the places where development is the most difficult, where entire countries and the people who live in them are at risk of being left behind.
  • TEPAV Employment Monitoring Bulletin - January 2018

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    Date Submitted: 26 Jan 2018
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    The TEPAV Employment Monitoring Bulletin aims to compile the data released by the Social Security Institution (SSI) in order to reflect the big picture for registered employment and identify the short and medium-term employment trends. The Bulletin will be published regularly following the release of monthly SSI data. The Bulletin will include data on the “number of workers with insurance, sectors with increasing or decreasing employment figures, sectors of manufacturing with increased number of workers, provinces with increased and decreased numbers of workers, sectors with an increasing or decreasing number of work places, provinces with increasing or decreasing numbers of work places, sectors with increasing or decreasing numbers of female employees, and provinces where individuals receiving unemployment benefits have increased or decreased.” The Bulletin will present a diverse set of tables in line with the changes in the labor market trends.
  • TEPAV Retail Confidence Index -February 2018

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    Date Submitted: 02 Feb 2018
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    TEPE, which had been -17.1 points in 2017, was -15.1 points in January1 2018. The Index saw a decrease by 1.4 points compared to the previous month and an increase by 0.8 points compared to the same month of last year. The monthly decrease is attributed to the m-o-m decrease in the level of sales expectations for the coming 3 months. Expectations of orders, sales and employment in the coming 3 months have declined when compared to January 2017 and December 2017. “Furniture, lighting equipment and household articles” sector scored the highest y-o-y increase in retail confidence in January. Furthermore, when compared to the EU-28 and Eurozone, Turkey experienced a declining performance with respect to last year.
  • Xero’s economic contribution to New Zealand

    Source: John Ballingall, Prince Siddharth, Daniel Pambudi.
    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
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    Xero has asked NZIER to provide an overview of Xero’s contribution to the New Zealand and global economy, focusing on: GDP contribution, Jobs and wages generated, Other sectors supported, Contribution to the Small Business (SB) sector, Building a world class technology business from New Zealand through investment, Building a global export business from New Zealand and Contribution to SBs worldwide.
  • NZIER’s Shadow Board recommends keeping the OCR on hold amidst a soft inflation environment and uncertainty over the new Government

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    Date Submitted: 07 Feb 2018
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    NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board continues to recommend the Reserve Bank leave the Official Cash Rate on hold this Thursday at 1.75 percent. Businesses are pessimistic about the effects of new Government policies. Along with softer than expected inflation, Board members indicated the Reserve Bank should remain cautious as to when it starts to lift the OCR.
  • The economic contribution of NZX: New Zealand’s exchange and its role in supporting the New Zealand economy

    Source: John Ballingall, John Yeabsley, Aaron Drew, Daniel Pambudi
    Date Submitted: 28 Feb 2018
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    NZX has asked NZIER to provide an independent assessment of its direct and indirect value to the New Zealand economy.
  • Disciplines on State-Owned Enterprises under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Overview and Assessment

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    Date Submitted: 28 Feb 2018
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    This paper analyses the disciplines os state-owned enterprises (SOEs) stipulated in Chapter 17 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The introduction of the extensive disciplines on SOEs was led by the concern that SOEs are likely to disturb fair international competition regime by conducting business activities not depending on econmic rationality and anticompetitive activities. Major provision of this chapter includes definitions and the scope of application, and transparency. While Chapter 17 can be appreciated as the first comprehensive and detailed discipline on SOEs including that of the WTO-plus, it still has problems and remaining issues concerning the disciplines. Nevertheless, the very fact that the TPP includes specific rules for SOEs is appreciated as a first step towards disciplining them in the future.
  • Formulating Policy Options for Promoting Natural Gas Utilization in the East Asia Summit Region: Volume II: Supply Side Analysis

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    Date Submitted: 28 Feb 2018
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    This part II of the report discusses two main topics: how much liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply infrastructures are needed in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) + India by 2030 to satisfy the LNG demand projection results presented in Part I; and how much investments are required by 2030 to implement the identified LNG supply infrastructure in ASEAN and India.
  • Formulating Policy Options for Promoting Natural Gas Utilization in the East Asia Summit Region: Volume I: Demand Side Analysis

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    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
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    This study investigates the future natural gas demand in ASEAN countries and India as well as the necessary investment needed to meet the demand. It shall provide a picture on the market size of natural gas in EAS countries, identify the challenges faced in expanding the natrual gas market and propose options to address identified issues.
  • Frames: news, thoughts, updates - February 2018

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    Date Submitted: 01 Feb 2018
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    Frames is a monthly newsletter produced by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. Each edition covers news, thoughts and updates involving ASEAN and East Asia.
  • Frames: news, thoughts, updates - January 2018

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    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
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    Frames is a monthly newsletter produced by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. Each edition covers news, thoughts and updates involving ASEAN and East Asia.
  • S&P BSE Bharat 22 Index: A benchmark for “Bharat 22” disinvestment program of Government of India

    Source: Akash Jain, Mahavir Kaswa
    Date Submitted: 07 Mar 2018
    Views: 354
    Downloads: 4
    This paper highlights the salient features of S&P BSE Bharat 22 Index, its objective, and its
    characteristics.
  • Searching for Growth in the New China Economy

    Source: Craig Lazzara, Simon Lee
    Date Submitted: 02 Mar 2018
    Views: 465
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    What’s driving the growth of China’s equity market? Simon Lee of CSOP Asset Management joins S&P DJI’s Craig Lazzara to discuss the forces driving economic growth in China and how they are influencing equity sectors in China’s “new economy”.
  • China Bond Market Development: 2017 in Review

    Source: Michele Leung
    Date Submitted: 27 Feb 2018
    Views: 464
    Downloads: 9
    As represented by the S&P China Bond Index, the one-year total return was down by 0.29%, contrasting with the strong gains observed in previous years.
  • China’s Turning To “Tough Gradualism” In Disciplinng Local Government Borrowing Foretells Higher Risk of LGFV Default

    Source: Liang Zhong
    Date Submitted: 27 Feb 2018
    Views: 866
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    Creditors to China’s local government financing vehicles (LGFVs) may have some reasons to worry about their investment in these entities. Ministry of Finance in China vowed last month to break decisively the illusion of financial institutions about government bailing them out of hidden debt incurred by local governments (primarily through LGFVs). A central bank official even suggested to resort to a Detroit-type bankruptcy of local government (LGT) to break moral hazard in lending to LGFVs. These developments bring back the memory of the bankruptcy of GITIC (Guangdong International Trust and Investment Company), a high profile LGFV in China in 1999 amid mounting risk of local government hidden borrowing.
     
    However, history progresses in spiral, according to the guiding philosophy of Chinese policymakers. Thus, no wondering China appears to be getting closer to, yet is quite away from point where central government has to resort to default on LGFV bond to instill financial discipline and secure the systemic stability. Pengyuan International believes Chinese government is indeed turning to “tough gradualism” (gradually tightening discipline over LGT borrowing in practice) rather than “shock therapy” (allow LGFV default up-front); Accordingly, the risk that the first LGFV public bond default could strike in 2018 is picking up from very low level, but is still less than 50% in our estimate.  Nevertheless, further scrutiny over LGFV creditworthiness becomes increasingly necessary.
  • Asset-Backed Securitization (ABS) in China: Development and Risk

    Source: Dr. Ke Chen
    Date Submitted: 26 Feb 2018
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    Asset-Backed Securitization (ABS) is relatively new to China’s financial market. It was introduced into China with a pilot securitization program in 2005 and was suspended in 2008 due to the panic of global credit crisis. Later on, the asset securitization was reinstated in 2012. However, China’s ABS market development was very slow until the explosion in 2014 after several policies in favor of asset securitization were issued. The growth was further spurred by the change of the ABS offering system from approval to registration system at the end of 2014. In 2017, the volume of domestic new issuances surged 64.7% to approximately CNY1,495 billion.
     
     
    The tremendous growth in China’s asset securitization market is driven by both government policies and market forces. While the origin, suspension, and development of China’s asset securitization are all initiated by the government, with the relaxation of policy constraints, the market factors start playing an increasingly important role in driving the market developments. On the supply side, banks have incentives to convert illiquid assets into marketable securities and transfer the loans off their balance sheet to release capital. Financially underserved corporates start using securitization as an alternate direct financing tool to diversify their funding sources and lower their funding costs. On the demand side, the developments of securitization are fueled by China households’ high
    saving ratios and the increased demand for safe and liquid assets by the asset management industry.

    While the developments of China’s asset securitization market are encouraging, the rapid expansions were accompanied by potential risks, such as misaligned incentives among the participants in the securitization process, a lack of transparency regarding underlying assets, and reliance on credit ratings and risk models which have not been tested by a stressed credit environment. These problems could possibly impede the potential benefits offered by securitization and hinder the development of China’s asset securitization market.

    Against the background, this report attempts to discuss some key issues in China’s securitization market. We start with a brief review on the history and recent developments of China’s asset securitization market. We also provide our outlook for the developments of major asset classes. We then use marketplace lending securitization and NPL securitization as examples to illustrate the potential issues in China’s securitization market. Finally, we discuss the future of China’s securitization market both from a policy and market perspective.
  • Dramatic Social/Economic Changes on the Face of Exponential Technologies

    Source: Huang, Chi-Fu
    Date Submitted: 07 Mar 2018
    Views: 913
    Downloads: 11
    In February 2018, CFA Society Taiwan invited Dr. Huang, Chi-Fu to speak in CE Event. The Topic was "Dramatic Social/Economic Changes on the Face of Exponential Technologies"
  • China Consumer Finance Market Insights

    Source: Working Group of CFA China Shanghai CrowdResearch Project(Zhang Shuguang, CFA; Chen Yan, CFA;Gu Yuan, CFA; Li Chen, CFA;Wang Yingren, CFA;Ying Yi, CFA and Zhao Yang, CFA)
    Date Submitted: 04 Sep 2018
    Views: 48083
    Downloads: 271
    This article qualifies for 0.5 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program. 
    We encourage CFA Institute members to login to the CE tracking tool to self-document these credits. 


    After many years of initial development, China's consumer finance market, with the rapid development of Internet finance and e-commerce, has entered a period of market eruption. Now it is rapidly penetrating into all walks of life in the society and catching the attention from many investment institutions. Against such background, we conducted an industry research on this market, hoping to explore the development trend of the industry, put forward development proposals for the enterprises in the industry, and help investors to identify the investment trend.
     
    In Introduction and Chapter I, we define consumer finance and the scope of this study, and analyze the consumer financial behavior. The essence of consumer financial behavior is that consumers pay certain financial costs to change the disposable capital flow within a specified period to match their consumption demand. Target customers of consumer finance are those who have demand for consumption but lack liquidity, and are willing to advance their consumption and have sufficient repayment ability.
     
    In Chapter II, we review the history of the development of China's consumer finance industry and the evolution of the relevant policies. We also narrate the industry development in the United States, Europe and Japan, which provides us with reference to analyze China's future industry trends.
     
    Chapter III centers on the industry chain of consumer finance and expounds the current development of the industry in China. It covers different types of consumer finance companies, including banks, licensed consumer finance companies, Internet giants, P2P, e-commerce, start-ups and industry companies, as well as various consumer finance scenarios and special consumer groups including automobile, travel, medical cosmetology, education, rural area, house rental, home improvement, college students and blue-collar workers. In addition, we count a total of 356 financing incidents among 52 consumer finance companies. Data shows MatrixPartners China, Sequoia Capital, Bluerun Ventures, Source Code Capital and Shunwei Capital are the most active investment institutions in China's consumer finance market, and in terms of market segments arrangement, they often focus their support on one or two potential enterprises to give many rounds of investment.
     
    In Chapter IV, we discuss the future development trend of China's consumer finance industry from three aspects: industry macro environment, various types of consumer finance companies and various consumption scenarios.
  • Sanli Environmental - A Play on Asia's Water Story

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 20 Feb 2018
    Views: 139
    Downloads: 2
    Sanli Environmental - A Play on Asia's Water Story
     
  • Impact of Market-Wide Circuit-Breaker on Trading Activity and Volatility: Empirical Evidence from Indian Markets

    Source: Latha S Chari , Pradiptarathi Panda, Sunder Ram Korivi
    Date Submitted: 17 Feb 2018
    Views: 2077
    Downloads: 16
    To protect market integrity, regulators across the globe have applied trading constraining mechanisms like market-wide circuit-breakers, price limits, stock-based trading halts and the like. In June 2001, Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced the market-wide circuit-breaker mechanism for Indian markets in a similar manner to other markets. Till date the Indian market has applied these marketwide circuit-breakers six times. This study attempts to examine the impact of market-wide circuit-breakers on trading activity and volatility. We consider data of Nifty closing price, turnover and number of shares traded for six different windows with event day, event plus 1-3 days, and 10 days average. The study estimates intraday return, overnight return high low volatility and day time volatility followed by T-test to measure the significance difference between average turnover, number of shares traded, high low and daily volatility with event day. The study finds that the effect of market-wide circuit-breaker continues up to three post-event days.
  • Do Earnings Revisions Matter in Asia?

    Source: Utkarsh Agrawal, Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 08 Feb 2018
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    We explore the efficacy of earnings revision strategies in various Pan Asian equity markets including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to shed light on whether earnings revisions can be an alternative source of return drivers for these markets.
  • IFA - Analysis of Components of Investment Performance - An Empirical Study of Mutual Funds in India

    Source: Vartika Dashora, Dr. Dhiraj Jain
    Date Submitted: 07 Feb 2018
    Views: 225
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    In this paper, an attempt has been made to examine the components and sources of investment performance in order to attribute it to specific activities of Indian fund managers. It also attempts to identify a part of observed return which is due to the ability to pick up the best securities at given level of risk. 
  • IFA - Electricity Trading Viability in Indian Electricity Exchange: A case of Seasonal Option Strategies

    Source: Neha Chhabra Roy, Sankarshan Basu
    Date Submitted: 07 Feb 2018
    Views: 209
    Downloads: 0
    Electricity Trading Viability in Indian Electricity Exchange: A case of Seasonal Option Strategies
  • 【中国市场策略】市场危机

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 07 Feb 2018
    Views: 121
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    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 6 Feb 2018 
  • Demand-Supply Dynamics of Asia’s Healthcare Sector

    Source: SGX My Gateway, ,
    Date Submitted: 07 Feb 2018
    Views: 416
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    Demand-Supply Dynamics of Asia’s Healthcare Sector
    • Asia’s accelerated ageing rates and the rise of lifestyle diseases will likely boost the region’s healthcare spending outlook in coming decades, while in supply terms, the region’s medical facilities, equipment and manpower will continue to trail the per capita averages of the 34 OECD member countries. SGX-listed healthcare plays that derive significant revenues from markets beyond Singapore have exposure to these robust demand-supply dynamics.
       
    • Singapore’s listed healthcare sector, as tracked by the benchmark SGX All-Healthcare Index, consists of 30 companies and related trusts with a combined market capitalisation of more than S$34 billion. Seven of the 10 largest constituents of the Index report more than a third of group revenues to Asia Pacific ex-Singapore, namely Southeast Asia, North Asia and South Asia.
       
    • Healthcare stocks posted a mixed performance in 2017, as funds rotated out of defensives into cyclical plays. However, the tide has turned over the last few weeks, making Healthcare the best-performing sector on a market capitalisation-weighted basis in the month of December, and positive momentum continuing into the New Year.
  • 【China Market Strategy】Markets in Crisis

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 06 Feb 2018
    Views: 211
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 6 Feb 2018 
  • 【中国市场策略】狗年:2017年的领悟

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 31 Jan 2018
    Views: 124
    Downloads: 0
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 31 Jan 2018
  • 【China Market Strategy】The Year of the Dog: Lessons from 2017 

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 05 Mar 2018
    Views: 2164
    Downloads: 12
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 30 Jan 2018.
  • Monetary Policy Statement, H2 FY'18 Highlights

    Source: Mohammad Rehan Kabir, Md. Nazmus Sakib
    Date Submitted: 30 Jan 2018
    Views: 297
    Downloads: 25
    Bangladesh Bank is going to pursue a ‘Cautionary’ monetary policy stance for the second half of FY18 with an aim at bringing back monetary aggregates to a sustainable growth trends by ensuring the quality of credit flows rather than restricting it.  Current monetary policy stance is formulated for the second half of FY’18 considering the actual result of H1, FY’18 and the target made for H2, FY’18. Prior to national election, Central Bank of Bangladesh undertakes a growth supportive but cautious monetary policy stance with an aim to bring price stability.
  • Rising Rate Implications for Japanese Investors

    Source: Michele Leung,
    Date Submitted: 29 Jan 2018
    Views: 311
    Downloads: 0
    The outperformance of U.S. Treasuries this year reversed the previous trend, wherein Japanese sovereign bonds delivered higher risk-adjusted return in three- and five-year timeframes due to the better returns and lower volatility.
  • A Proposal for Building Triangular Energy Cooperation between Korea, Iran and Turkmenistan

    Source: Kwon Hyung Lee
    Date Submitted: 17 Oct 2017
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Korea has developed bilateral relations for economic cooperation with emerging countries in the Middle East and Central Asia. G2G (govern-ment-to-government) joint committees have been organized to improve the economic environment for trade and investment between two countries. However, bilateral economic partnership could reveal some limita-tions in developing broader cooperation due to the industrial and geo-graphical peculiarities of partner countries
  • Norway

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region—who have committed $247.28 billion in loans to the vision of a region free of poverty. Despite the region’s many successes, it remains home to the majority of the world’s poor. Norway has contributed $485.57 million in capital subscription as of 31 December 2016. It has contributed and committed $243.43 million to Special Funds since joining in 1966.
  • Growth despite Sanctions? Revisiting the Effect of North Korea Sanctions

    Source: Soo Ho Lim
    Date Submitted: 18 Sep 2017
    Views: 0
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    Recently the central bank of Korea, the Bank of Korea, announced that North Korea's GDP in 2016 increased by 3.9%p compared with the pre-vious year. In 2016, the UN passed two resolutions for strong economic sanctions on North Korea, UNSCR 2270 and 2321. This economic per-formance, therefore, seems to support and even prove the popular hy-pothesis among North Korean experts that sanctions against North Ko-rea are useless. This article deals with this recent phenomenon of "growth despite sanction" in North Korea.
  • The Transmission of Interest Rate hocks to Asia - Are Effects Different below the Zero Lower Bound?

    Source: Martin Feldkircher, Florian Huber, Pornpinun Chantapacdepong, Maria Teresa Punzi
    Date Submitted: 30 Mar 2017
    Views: 175
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    We use a non-linear factor-augmented vector-autoregressive model to evaluate international effects of an unexpected decrease in euro area policy rates. Given the current environment of ultra low or negative interest rates, we especially focus on potential differences in the transmission of the monetary policy shock depending on the level of interest rates in the country from where the shock originates, i.e., the euro area. A euro area monetary policy shock when euro area interest rates are positive at the time the shock occurs tends to trigger positive spillovers to industrial production, house and stock prices and negative effects on short- and long-term interest rates, as well as on inflation. Results tend to be similar when interest rates are already below zero at the time monetary policy turns out to be expansionary, however responses are estimated with a larger degree of uncertainty. In some cases, a distinct transmission depending on the level of interest rates in the euro area, is observable but no general patterns emerge from the data.
  • Carry Trades in Asia and the Pacific: Evidence on Unconventional Monetary Policies of Advanced Ecomomies

    Source: Pornpinun Chantapacpedong, Hiroyuki Ito, Kieran Hull
    Date Submitted: 15 Dec 2017
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    Since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, the world economy has faced many challenges and changes, which led us to reassess the uncovered interest rate parity (UIP). We are particularly interested in whether and to what extent unconventional monetary policy (UMP) affects the UIP relationship for 11 currencies in Asia and the Pacific. When we run the Fama regression for the period of 2001 through 2016, we show that UIP does not hold, consistent with previous studies. We augment the original Fama regression with a set of variables that represent financial and macroeconomic conditions as well as unconventional monetary policies. We find that the unconventional monetary policies in advanced economies have a significant effect on the Fama beta. The QE in the US and QQE in Japan cause the Fama beta to be more negative, implying carry trade activities and “search for yield” behaviour. On the other hand, the negative interest rate policy (NIRP), especially in the Eurozone and Switzerland, seem to cause greater uncertainty and have a positive effect on the Fama beta.
  • 2018 Global Economic Outlook and Implications for Korea

    Source: Sung-Chun Jung
    Date Submitted: 08 Nov 2017
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    The world economy is yet to make a complete recovery from the 2008 global economic crisis. It is still suffering from a long period of weak economic activity. However beginning from this year, a somewhat differ-ent economic landscape is unfolding.
  • External Debt Sustainability and Vulnerabilities: Evidence from a Panel of 24 Asian Countries and Prospective Analysis

    Source: Matthieu Llorca
    Date Submitted: 30 Mar 2017
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    The purpose of this empirical study is first to assess the external debt sustainability in a panel of 24 Asian emerging and developing countries divided into four sub-panels, namely the regions of Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and the Pacific over the period 1993–2014. We use the present-value methodology to determine whether a country satisfies its intertemporal external constraint, namely whether its external debt is sustainable in the long run. According to such methodology, we study the panel stationarity of external debt, current account, imports, and exports, then the cointegration between these two last variables. We employ unit root and cointegration tests, the first and second generation tests, to take into account cross-sectional dependence. Our findings imply that the external debt in our panel of 24 Asian emerging and developing countries is sustainable in the long run. Finally, we analyze the vulnerabilities, factors, and risks in the region due to different external debt criteria (the debt currency composition, share of the short-term external debt, amount of reserves, and debt service). We conclude this study by establishing different prospective scenarios on the Asian emerging and developing countries according to the degree of economic slowdown (i.e., a “soft” or “hard” landing) in the People's Republic of China.
  • Decreased Effectiveness of Fiscal and Monetary Policies in Japan's Aging Society

    Source: Naoyuki Yoshino, Hiroaki Miyamoto
    Date Submitted: 30 Mar 2017
    Views: 74
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    This paper studies how an aging population affects economic performance and the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policies. We develop a New Keynesian dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with heterogeneous households, workers, and retirees. We demonstrate that an increase in the proportion of working population increases aggregate output, consumption, and investment by increasing total labor supply in the long run. It also increases wages and reduces social security burden of the government. This paper also finds that effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policies is weakened when the proportion of retirees becomes larger. This is the reason why recent monetary policies cannot recover the Japanese economy from the prolonged stagnation.
  • Afghanistan

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    Afghanistan was a founding member of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 1966 and has since been supported by ADB over two periods. Resuming its partnership with Afghanistan after a hiatus from 1980 to 2001, ADB—in collaboration with other development partners—supports the country’s national development strategies and its national priority programs. At the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016, the Government of Afghanistan and the international community reaffirmed their partnerships in the medium to long term. The government also presented the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, which will guide the country’s development path in the coming years.
  • Australia

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region—who have committed $247.28 billion in loans to the vision of a region free of poverty. Despite the region’s many successes, it remains home to the majority of the world’s poor. Australia has contributed $8.26 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2016. It has contributed and committed $2.14 billion to Special Funds since joining in 1966.
  • Measuring the Effects of Commodity Price Shocks on Asian Economies

    Source: Tomoo Inoue, Tatsuyoshi Okimoto
    Date Submitted: 30 Mar 2017
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    Commodity prices have become volatile over the past 2 decades, and their recent sharp decline has decreased the consumer price index inflation rates for most economies. While many Asian economies have benefited from low international oil and food prices, commodity exporters have suffered. Thus, the negative impact on production through the decline of producer prices has attracted considerable attention. Given this situation, policy makers have become increasingly concerned about measuring the magnitude of oil and food price shock diffusion on a country’s various inflationary indicators. This study investigates this problem by using a Global Vector Autoregressive model. We extend the work by Galesi and Lombardi (2009), which primarily analyzed European economies using data from the pre-Global Financial Crisis (GFC) period, in the following four ways: (i) the sample period is extended to December 2015, thus covering the post-GFC turbulence period (beginning from January 2001); (ii) the model is enriched by considering the People’s Republic of China’s role in integrating the Asian region through international trade; (iii) the producer price index is included; and (iv) the impact on industrial production is investigated. Using generalized impulse response functions, we examine the impact of a one-time hike in oil and food prices on the general price levels and production for nine Asian countries and 13 other countries, including the United States and the eurozone. We also analyze the differences of shock propagations in the pre- and post-GFC periods. Results indicate that the increased integration and dependence on exports intensified the Asian region’s vulnerability to external shocks.
  • Financial Deepening and Innovation Efficiency: The Role of Political Institutions

    Source: Chun-Yu Ho, Shaoqing Huang, Hao Shi, Jun Wu
    Date Submitted: 30 Mar 2017
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    This study investigates the effects of financial deepening on innovation efficiency for various democratic levels of political institutions using panel data from 69 countries spanning 1970–2010. Banking market deepening is associated with increased innovation efficiency only when political institutions are sufficiently democratic. In contrast, the enhancing effect of stock market deepening on innovation efficiency requires a lower level of political democracy. Furthermore, the results are stronger for countries with lower incomes than for countries with higher incomes. Our results are robust for the use of the instrumental variable approach and alternative measures for financial deepening, democracy, and innovation inputs.
  • Belgium

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region—who have committed $247.28 billion in loans to the vision of a region free of poverty. Despite the region’s many successes, it remains home to the majority of the world’s poor. Belgium has contributed $485.57 million in capital subscription as of 31 December 2016. It has contributed and committed $246.80 million to Special Funds since joining in 1966.
  • Bangladesh

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been a development partner of Bangladesh since 1973, and established its first field office in 1982 in Dhaka. ADB has provided Bangladesh with $18.3 billion for 269 loans, $252.4 million for 422 technical assistance projects, and $787.10 million for 35 grants. Bangladesh is a major recipient of concessional resources.
  • Azerbaijan

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    Azerbaijan joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 1999, and ADB has since approved $3.65 billion in lending, grants, and technical assistance. ADB operations in Azerbaijan were initially guided by an interim operations strategy approved in 2000, and followed by five program updates. In 2013, ADB reclassified Azerbaijan as a middle-income country, making it no longer eligible for ADB concessional lending from Asian Development Fund resources.
  • Austria

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region—who have committed $247.28 billion in loans to the vision of a region free of poverty. Despite the region’s many successes, it remains home to the majority of the world’s poor. Austria has contributed $485.57 million in capital subscription as of 31 December 2016. It has contributed and committed $272.20 million to Special Funds since joining in 1966.
  • Canada

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region—who have committed $247.28 billion in loans to the vision of a region free of poverty. Despite the region’s many successes, it remains home to the majority of the world’s poor. Canada has contributed $7.46 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2016. It has contributed and committed $1.82 billion to Special Funds since joining in 1966.
  • Cambodia

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    Over the past 5 years, Cambodia has been one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. This economic progress has helped reduce the country’s poverty rate from 47.8% in 2007 to 13.5% in 2014, although more than 70% of Cambodians still live on less than $3 a day. In July 2016, the World Bank officially revised the status of Cambodia’s economy to lower middle income status. Cambodia’s growth model of attracting foreign direct investment through inexpensive, low-skilled, and abundant labor has delivered recent economic expansion, but may not be viable for much longer. Productivity growth has been low, while labor costs and skills shortages are increasing. Sustaining high growth will require revitalization of agriculture, diversification of the economy, and greater value-added production. New industries will require improved logistics and a broader range of advanced skills.
  • Bhutan

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    Date Submitted: 30 Apr 2017
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    The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country that depends on the generation of hydropower to boost its economy. Hydropower contributes about a fifth of Bhutan’s gross domestic product. Bhutan is currently one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, and has recently made significant progress on poverty reduction. Growth averaged 7.6% over the past 3 decades, and poverty was cut roughly in half between 2007 and 2012. Yet despite solid growth and strong socioeconomic advances, the challenge remains for Bhutan to expand its economic base and make growth more inclusive, especially for unemployed youth and women. Developing a vibrant private sector is key to diversifying Bhutan’s economy and creating a more balanced, broadbased, and job-creating growth.
  • The Effect of Restructuring on Labor Reallocation and Productivity Growth: An Estimation for Korea

    Source: Hyelin Choi, Sung Chun Jung, Subin Kim
    Date Submitted: 15 Sep 2017
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    Productivity is considered one of the most important factors for economic growth. Total productivity grows through technological progress or reallocation of re­sources. This paper analyses their contribution to economic growth for total economy and by sectors. The main finding is that economy-wide increases but this is mainly due to internal technological improvements. On the one hand, inter-sector reallocation of labor negatively contributes to economic growth as employment moves to service sectors with low productivity. Further, when looking at the sec­toral-level productivity growth, both internal and external restructuring make positive contributions to aggregate economic growth. However, internal technological progress and reallocation of employment appear to similarly contribute to the sectoral-level economic growth in the manufacturing sector, whereas internal restruc­turing makes a larger contribution to economic growth in the service sector. This suggests that there is more room for reallocation of resources to contribute to the productivity growth in service sectors. Therefore, the productivity growth of the service sector would foster economy-wide productivity and it can be achieved by the mitigation of misallocation of resources in service sectors.
  • Viewing the History of China A-Shares Through the Lens of the Dow Jones China 88 Index

    Source: John Welling
    Date Submitted: 28 Jan 2018
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    Let’s revisit some of the recent history of the China A-shares market through the lens of the Dow Jones China 88 Index.
  • S&P GIVI® Japan and Major Single Factors 2017 Review

    Source: Tianyin Cheng
    Date Submitted: 26 Jan 2018
    Views: 31
    Downloads: 2
    The S&P GIVI (Global Intrinsic Value Index) Japan underperformed its benchmark index, the S&P Japan BMI, by 1.21% in Q4 2017 and 2.99% for the entire year.
  • Market Outlook for 2018

    Source: Mohammad Rehan Kabir
    Date Submitted: 22 Jan 2018
    Views: 433
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    Our market outlook for 2018 is supported by optimism even after some glitches from economy are expected. In 2017, our capital market resembled a robust growth posting an impressive return of 24.0%. During that period, Dow Jones Industrial Average Index provided 24.2% return and SENSEX provided 29.4% return. We expect market return will remain positive in 2018, however market return may be lower than that of in 2017.Market Capitalization to GDP in DSE was 18.35% at the end of December, ’17 which was 23.56% in Colombo SE, 27.59% in Pakistan SE, 88.63% in BSE (India). We anticipate this proportion will increase further in 2018. Unlike 2017, market drivers will be from Fast Moving Consumer Good providers, Pharmaceutical and Construction Sectors. Though financial sector will face few challenges like governance issues, increased default loans, unexpected change in management, financial scams and liquidity crunch etc. but banks with strong financials and  corporate governance along with good dividend payout ratio will do well in 2018.
  • Sukuk Market in 2017: Year in Review

    Source: Michele Leung
    Date Submitted: 22 Jan 2018
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    In 2017, the USD sukuk market expanded at its quickest pace in the past five years.
  • TIC Panel: Investment Opportunities in APAC (12OCT2017)

    Source: April Lynn Tan, CFA, Biharilal Deora, CFA, Ashraf Bava, CFA, Andrew Stotz, CFA, Nguyen Thi Vinh Ha, CFA
    Date Submitted: 24 Apr 2018
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    Taiwan Investment Conference (12OCT2017)
    Panel: Investment Opportunities in APAC
    Moderator: Andrew Stotz, CFA (Society Leader of Thailand)
    Panelists: Nguyen Thi Vinh Ha, CFA (Society Leader of Vietnam) / April Lynn Tan, CFA (Society Leader of Philippines) / Biharilal Deora, CFA (Society Leader of India) / Ashraf Bava, CFA (Society Leader of Pakistan)
  • Asian Fixed Income: 2017 Pan Asia Report Card

    Source: Michele Leung
    Date Submitted: 16 Jan 2018
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    The S&P Pan Asia Bond Index, which seeks to track local currency bonds in 10 countries and is calculated in USD, reversed its loss in 2016 and delivered a total return of 7.86% in 2017. Meanwhile, its yield-to-maturity widened 123 bps to 4.64% YTD. The S&P Pan Asia Corporate Bond Indexoutperformed the S&P Pan Asia Government Bond Index and gained 8.30% over the same period. The size of Asia’s local currency bond markets, as measured by the S&P Pan Asia Bond Index, continued to expand and grew 17% to reach USD 12.1 trillion in 2017.
  • Health Care Sector Momentum Carried into First Week of January  

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 10 Jan 2018
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    Health Care Sector Momentum Carried into First Week of January
    • Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Health Care stocks have averaged 3.3% price gains for the first five sessions of 2018, following on from average 13.2% gains in 2017. On a market-capitalisation weighted basis, Health Care was the strongest of the Sectors in the last month of 2017.
    • Amongst these 10 stocks, Top Glove Corp Bhd, Q&M Dental Group Singapore and Tianjin Zhong Xin Pharmaceutical have performed the strongest over the past five sessions, averaging 8.3% gains. On 19 Dec, Top Glove Corp Bhd reported 44% YoY growth in Net Profit for its 1QFY18 (ending 30 Nov).
    • Clearbridge Health which focuses on precision medicine in Asia, in addition to providing laboratory and Health Care services, listed on 18 December. Its stock price closed yesterday at 46.5 cents, which was two-thirds higher than the IPO price of 28 cents.
  • 82 Companies Bought Back S$425M in Shares in 2017

    Source: SGX MY Gateway
    Date Submitted: 10 Jan 2018
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    82 Companies Bought Back S$425M in Shares in 2017
    • In 2017, 82 SGX-listed companies conducted share buybacks, with a total consideration of S$425 million. This was just over half the S$826 million in consideration for 2016, coinciding with comparatively stronger STI price gains of 18.1% in 2017.  
    • OCBC buybacks accounted for 52% of the S$425 million consideration, with Keppel Corporation, Silverlake Axis, Yanlord Land Group, ST Engineering and SIA Engineering the next highest ranking by consideration.
    • For the month of Dec 2017, there were a total of 28.3 million shares repurchased by 27 companies, with a total consideration of S$42.9 million. Buyback consideration was up 9% from the S$39.4 million reported for Nov 2017 and up more than fourfold from Dec 2016. 
  • 《中国消费金融市场洞察》

    Source: CFA上海研究众筹项目组,包括组长张曙光,CFA,研究组成员:陈琰,CFA、顾远,CFA、李晨,CFA,王映人,CFA,应宜,CFA和赵阳,CFA
    Date Submitted: 08 Jan 2018
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    中国的消费金融市场在经历了多年的萌芽期后,随着互联网金融、电子商务的迅猛发展,目前正处于市场爆发期,并快速渗透到社会的各行各业,并且也受到了众多投资机构的高度关注。在这样的背景下,我们开展了针对于此市场的行业研究,希望探讨行业发展趋势,为行业企业提出发展建议,帮助投资者研判投资趋势。

     

    引言及第一章明确了消费金融的定义及本文的研究范围,剖析了消费者的消费金融行为。消费金融行为的本质是消费者付出一定的财务成本去改变特定期限内的可支配资金流以匹配其消费需求。消费金融目标客户是那些有消费需求且缺乏流动性,愿意提前消费并有充足还款能力的消费者。

     

    第二章回顾了中国消费金融行业发展的历程以及相关政策的演变史,同时也对比了美国、欧洲和日本三个国外地区的行业发展情况,为我们分析中国未来的行业走向提供借鉴。

     

    第三章围绕消费金融产业链,详细介绍了我国当前的行业发展现状,内容涵盖目前市场上存在的不同类型的消费金融公司,包括银行、持牌消费金融公司、互联网巨头、P2P、电商、创业企业及行业公司,以及各种消费金融场景和特别消费群体,包括汽车、旅游、医美、教育、农村、租房、家装、学生和蓝领。另外,我们统计了52家消费金融公司共356起融资事件,数据显示经纬中国,红杉资本,蓝驰创投,源码资本和顺为资本是中国消费金融市场上最为活跃的投资机构,而且他们在布局细分市场时往往选择一到两家潜力企业进行多轮投资,重点扶持。

     

    第四章从行业宏观环境、各类消费金融公司和各个消费场景等三个方面探讨了我国消费金融行业未来的发展趋势。

    在宏观环境方面:

    • 中国消费金融行业还处于发展初期,未来市场潜力巨大;

    • 我国将形成具有中国特色的征信体系。未来中国的征信体系可能形成具有中国特色的双层结构:顶层是央行征信中心和政府主导设立的社会化征信联盟机构,下层是少数持牌的第三方征信公司,向全社会提供具体的数据产品和服务;

    • 行业风险控制日益加强,违约率计算规则亟待统一。我们也提出了一种时间加权的违约率的计算方法,方便企业、消费者、投资者和监管层判断和监测风险。这种计算方法标准清晰、客观、可比性强;受期末余额大幅变化的影响降低;另外,违约率的分级(根据违约贷款的违约期限分为逾期率1M,逾期率3M和坏账率)便于考察消费金融公司的违约贷款构成。

     

    在消费金融公司方面:

    • 全国性银行深挖存量客户的消费贷款需求,地方性银行积极寻求跨地域消费信贷牌照;

    • 持牌消费金融公司牌照优势逐步显现,行业整体份额提高;

    • 互联网巨头(BATJ)通过对各消费场景的技术输出与企业合作来进行布局;

    • P2P公司将在资金成本和获客方面需求突破转型;

    • 消费分期将成为电商标配,但主要是由第三方提供消费分期;

     

    在消费场景方面:

    • 汽车:二手车正成为汽车消费金融的下一个热点;

    • 旅游:旅游消费分期行业进入门槛高,具有行业背景的持牌消费金融公司或成为龙头;

    • 医美:医美消费分期市场潜力巨大,格局未定,综合运营和数据技术能力是竞争优势的核心;

    • 教育:教育市场本身体量巨大但分散,将主要由第三方消费金融公司提供分期服务;

    • 农村:农村分期市场作为最大最深的普惠金融市场,是一片待开垦的蓝海;

    • 租房:租房中介公司将继续扮演租房分期产业链中的核心角色;

    • 家装:家装分期市场仍是以银行和持牌消费金融公司为主;

    • 学生:学生分期市场将长期保持高准入门槛,银行与持牌消费金融公司成为主要市场参与者;

    • 蓝领:蓝领细分市场长期会回归到各具体的消费场景中。

  • Venture Corporation Scheduled to Join STI on 5 January

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 03 Jan 2018
    Views: 232
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    Venture Corporation Scheduled to Join STI on 5 January
    • Venture Corporation is expected to join the STI effective Friday 5 Jan, with the last trading day of existing STI constituent, Global Logistic Properties, expected to be 4 Jan. Venture was selected as it maintained the highest market capitalisation of the STI Reserve on the 2 Jan close. 
    • Venture generated a 115.4% total return in 2017, with institutional net buying totaling S$133 million. The leading global provider of technology services, products and solutions reported its net profit grew 81.4% YoY for its 9MFY17 ending 30 Sep.          
    • Venture is expected to make up between 1.5% and 2.0% weightage in the STI, based on public free-float information and STI weights as of 29 Sep 2017. The IT Sector will then be represented within the STI and the Real Estate Sector is expected to reduce its weightage in the STI by 3.0% to 15.6%.  
  • Making the Case for International Small Caps

    Source: Michael Orzano, John Welling
    Date Submitted: 03 Jan 2018
    Views: 418
    Downloads: 8
    International small caps represent a meaningful portion of the global equity opportunity set, have historically generated strong absolute and risk-adjusted returns, have been less volatile than U.S. small caps, and have relatively low correlations to U.S. equities and other asset classes.
  • Asian High Yield Outlook: 8 Themes for 2018

    Source: Sandra Chow, CFA, Cheong Yin Chin, CFA, Lakshmanan R
    Date Submitted: 26 Dec 2017
    Views: 512
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    • Asian high yield is too expensive" lament many investors we meet. We agree. We propose a more defensive strategy next year. Current Asian high yield spreads offer little compensation for the incremental credit risk compared to investment grade, or to US high yield. We suggest a 'barbell' approach in terms of credit quality: combining a core portfolio of defensive names with a few higher-beta credits to boost returns. 
    • Credit quality is generally improving or stable among the names we cover.  But this does not justify the extent of the Asian high yield rally. Technical factors - the imbalance between demand (large inflows into emerging markets and the fabled 'Chinese onshore bid') and supply (at record levels, but still not enough to dent demand) - have been the key reason.  As supply risk increases, we are concerned that the balance will tip away from the market's favour. 
    • We highlight 8 themes that could drive the Asian high yield markets next year.  These include: 1) the effect of China's regulators and China's domestic bond markets on offshore bond supply; 2) LGFV issuance and maturity walls; 3) China's capacity cuts and their impact on commodity prices; 4) Asian high yield bond supply risk; 5) China's property market slowdown; 6) few distressed opportunities; 7) the reach for yield into frontier markets and riskier credits; 8) Fed surprise risk.  
  • SGX’s Indonesia-Focused Coal Plays Average 50.7% Gain YTD

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 26 Dec 2017
    Views: 351
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    SGX’s Indonesia-Focused Coal Plays Average 50.7% Gain YTD
    • SGX’s three Indonesia-focused coal miners – Golden Energy and Resources, Geo Energy Resources and BlackGold Natural Resources – have averaged a price gain of 50.7% in the 2017 YTD, as Indonesia’s benchmark coal price surged to a 10-month high.
    • In October, Indonesia's reference coal price, known as Harga Batubara Acuan (HBA), jumped 2.1% month-on-month to US$93.99 per metric tonne, after soaring 9.6% month-on-month in September, according to data from the country's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. HBA is now at its highest since December 2016. 
    • Coal is expected to remain a vital source in meeting Indonesia's growing domestic electrification needs. In 2015, Indonesian President Widodo unveiled an ambitious 35,000 MW program to boost the country's electrification ratio to 97% by 2019, with about 25,000 MW of capacity expected to come from coal-fired power plants.
  • Oil & Maritime Indices Veered on Global Growth

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 26 Dec 2017
    Views: 846
    Downloads: 9
    Oil & Maritime Indices Veered on Global Growth
    • Two key factors currently driving the price of oil price include an upcoming decision by OPEC on whether to extend production cuts (30 Nov), in addition to continued production growth of shale in the US.
    • While price of WTI Crude Oil rallied +38% from 21 June to 8 Nov, this was largely a price recovery with the current price +3% higher than its end of 2016 level. This has coincided with downstream plays, more sensitive to global growth and trade, outperforming the oil & gas upstream plays.
    • Since 30 June, the more-downstream SGX Maritime Index has gained +24%, led by performances of Cosco Shipping International (+110.9%) and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (+42.0%), whilst the more-upstream SGX Oil & Gas Index generated a marginal gain.
  • Longer Term Drivers of SGX Agricultural Plays

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 26 Dec 2017
    Views: 332
    Downloads: 7
    Longer Term Drivers of SGX Agricultural Plays
    • SGX lists eight Agricultural Products stocks with a combined market capitalisation of S$29 billion. In the 2017 YTD, these stocks averaged a -13.7% price change, compared to +16.7% in 2016. Global Palm Resources Holdings, which registered a price change of +15.4% in the YTD, was the best-performing stock in the sector.
    • Zion Market Research has forecast the global palm oil market to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% between 2016 and 2021. Growth drivers include higher living standards, changing eating habits, growing demand for vegetable oil as a feedstock for biodiesel production as well as low prices compared to soybean and other vegetable oils.
    • Palm oil prices for the rest of 2017 are projected to remain firm, given the seasonally strong fourth quarter, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. A further boost could come from weaker-than-expected output, as well as an anticipated cut in Europe's import tariffs for Indonesia's biodiesel.
  • Highlights of Gold Opportunities on SGX

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 26 Dec 2017
    Views: 289
    Downloads: 6
    Highlights of Gold Opportunities on SGX
    • SGX offers investors opportunities to participate in the gold sector through three mining stocks – Wilton Resources, CNMC Goldmine and Anchor Resources – and one Exchange Traded Fund, the SPDR Gold Shares ETF.
    • Spot gold has fallen over 4% since hitting a one-year high of US$1,349.22 on 7 September 2017, which reduces its YTD gain to 12%. Bullion's performance has been impacted by flagging investor interest after the recent surge in US equity markets, the focus on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and as central banks began paring their stimulus policies.
    • The World Gold Council has consistently flagged the diversification role of gold, noting that the commodity fulfils a classic role as a haven asset. A key motivation for including bullion in a portfolio has been the metal’s history of maintaining low correlations to most other asset classes, which helps to reduce overall portfolio risk.
  • Carbon Pricing: The Business Case for Low-Carbon Innovation

    Source: Rochelle March
    Date Submitted: 22 Dec 2017
    Views: 197
    Downloads: 0
    The belief that economic growth is possible without lowering carbon emissions is becoming harder to sell by the minute.
  • Equity Note on Saif Powertec Limited

    Source: MD. Mosavvir Al Ashick
    Date Submitted: 18 Dec 2017
    Views: 506
    Downloads: 19
    Saif Powertec Limited is a berth/terminal operator of Chittagong Container  Terminal  and  New Mooring  Container  terminal  of Chittagong Port Authority. Saif  Powertec  is  an  infrastructure  support  services provider.  Saif  Powertec  is  also  engaged  in  importing,  trading, assembling,  and  installing  generators,  sub-stations,  electrical equipment and gridlines and installation and erection of power plants. In addition, it sells and services construction equipment.
  • Do Investors Price Accruals Quality? A Reexamination in the Implied Cost of Equity Capital

    Source: Lee-Seok Hwang, Seung-Yeon Lim
    Date Submitted: 20 Aug 2012
    Views: 382
    Downloads: 0
    This study investigates whether accruals quality (AQ) influences the expected returns of stock investors. We employ estimates of the implied cost of equity capital (ICOE) as the expected returns of stock investors because they are well specified ex ante without the need for noisy realized returns. Extending a current debate on AQ pricing, we control for several properties of analysts’ forecasts and find that AQ is positively and significantly related to ICOE.
  • Relationship between Executive Stock Option Exercises and Earnings Management

    Source: Kyung Tae Lee, Sang Cheol Lee, Suhyeun Choi
    Date Submitted: 06 Dec 2011
    Views: 472
    Downloads: 0
    In this study we examine whether executives manage accounting earnings to maximize their own gains around stock option exercises. In particular, this study analyzes the effects of two factors, the value of exercised executive stock options and the change in the value of exercised executive stock options for a 1% change in the underlying stock price on the propensity of managers to engage in earnings management.
  • Pyramidal Structures and Competitive Strategies of Business Groups

    Source: Jung Bum Wee
    Date Submitted: 06 Dec 2011
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    A theoretical model is built to explore the organizational form of a diversified conglomerate, which depends on the competitive structure of the product market. The conglomerate may choose the form of either a business group, which consists of plural legally independent firms, or a multi-division firm. The analysis shows that, because of larger outside financing capacity, a business group generally needs less internal capital and invests more than a multi-division firm.
  • Bank Loans, Trade Credits, and Borrower Characteristics: Theory and Empirical Analysis

    Source: Byung-Uk Chong, Ha-Chin Yi
    Date Submitted: 15 Feb 2011
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Trade credit is vendor financing offered by a supplier to increase the sale of its product. Trade credit prevails among riskier borrowers, in competing with bank loans in the corporate loan market. The present paper models the economic incentive for product suppliers to extend trade credits to relatively riskier borrowing firms that might not be able to obtain financing from commercial banks.
  • Reporting Bias and Information Discrepancy, and Consequences for Volatility in Financial Markets

    Source: Jae Joon Han
    Date Submitted: 28 Sep 2010
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    This paper presents an analytical explanation of price volatility and mispricing in a rational financial market. In the proposed model, specialists might have private interest in manipulating their reports, which can affect the security price. Additionally, traders differ in terms of both rationality and available information. The present study shows that mispricing and price volatility occurs in a rational financial market when specialist reports are incorporated under different trader types.
  • Pricing of Private Placements of Equity

    Source: Jaiho Chung, Joon Ho Hwang
    Date Submitted: 10 Feb 2010
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Building on the models of Benveniste & Spindt (1989) and Maksimovic & Pichler (2006), the present paper examines the optimal pricing and allocation mechanism for private placements of equity. Our model shows that for firms that receive favorable information prior to private placements, both the information acquisition cost and the value of information affect the offer discount.
  • Performance of Capital Markets in India Since Demonetization

    Source: Ved Malla
    Date Submitted: 15 Dec 2017
    Views: 303
    Downloads: 0
    Wherever the debate on demonetization goes, it’s easy to see that capital markets in India have been on a roll over the past year and have given exponential returns across size, segments, and sectors.
  • Asian Fixed Income: China Was The Worst-Performing Country In The Pan Asian Bond Market

    Source: Michele Leung
    Date Submitted: 12 Dec 2017
    Views: 362
    Downloads: 0
    China’s lackluster performance has made it the worst-performing country in the Pan Asian bond market this year. 
  • A Comparative Analysis on Listed IT Companies of Bangladesh

    Source: Asaduzzaman Ashik
    Date Submitted: 09 Dec 2017
    Views: 352
    Downloads: 23
    IT Industry has been professed as a thrust sector assessing the ability and interests of young populace of the country. In Bangladesh, there are more than 100 software houses, 35 data entry centers, thousands of formal and informal IT Training centers and numerous computer workshops. VAT  has  been  withdrawn  from  locally  developed  Software,  Digital  Data  Network has  been  introduced,  and  VSAT  is deregulated in Bangladesh. Some remarkable events are going on in every sector covering E -commerce, E-governance, Computer Networking, Internet, Web Browsing, Web Applications, Multimedia Product Development and others.

     
  • Does Value Enhance Quality Investing in China's A-Share Market?

    Source: Liyu Zeng
    Date Submitted: 07 Dec 2017
    Views: 1143
    Downloads: 0
    Quality investing has gained attraction in China, as high-quality stocks recorded remarkable performance in the first nine months of 2017.  As a result, the risk of paying too much for high-quality stocks has become a concern.  To address the issue, on Sept. 29, 2017 we launched the S&P China A-Share Quality Value Index, which is designed to measure the performance of the top 100 high-quality stocks with reasonable valuation, (see Exhibit 1).
  • Does Factor Investing Deserve More Attention in Hong Kong?

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 06 Dec 2017
    Views: 908
    Downloads: 0
    In the Asia Pacific region, factor-based ETPs only accounted for 4.3% of regional ETP assets. The adoption of factor-based products by market participants in the Hong Kong market has been far behind other Asian markets such as Australia and Japan.
  • 【中国市场策略】2018年展望:无限风光

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 05 Dec 2017
    Views: 504
    Downloads: 10
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 4 Dec 2017.
     
  • 【China Market Strategy】Outlook 2018: View from the Peak

    Source: Hong Hao, CFA
    Date Submitted: 05 Dec 2017
    Views: 3861
    Downloads: 124
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 4 Dec 2017.
     
  • What Makes the Market Jump?

    Source: Marcel Prokopczuk, Chardin Wese Simen
    Date Submitted: 05 Dec 2017
    Views: 228
    Downloads: 3
    Using intraday transaction prices and a non-parametric jump test, we show that jumps in the S&P 500 and VIX are low-probability, high-impact events. Extant research investigating the causes of jumps primarily focuses on scheduled macro-announcements. However, we find that unscheduled
    news, which has so far received little attention, triggers twice as many jumps and accounts for a larger proportion of the jump variation than scheduled news. Intriguingly, we show that close to 50% of jumps are not explained by fundamental news, revealing the presence of “excess jumps” in financial markets.
  • Changing Landscapes in the Singapore Retail Property Market

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 04 Dec 2017
    Views: 1548
    Downloads: 37
    Changing Landscapes in the Singapore Retail Property Market
    • Singapore retail space vacancy rose to 7.7% in 1Q17 despite a 2.9% QoQ decline in price rentals. However, impact of retail headwinds may not be evenly felt across all malls.
    • New supply of retail malls largely located in Outside Central Regions, in line with the government’s plan of decentralised business districts and growth of regional centres.
    • SGX lists 12 Retail REITs & Property Trusts which have retail properties within their asset portfolios with a combined market capitalisation of S$30.9 billion. These 12 trusts have generated a market cap weighted average total return of 16.2% in the YTD and have an average dividend yield of 6.1%.
  • Recent Trends & Moves in Singapore’s Hospitality Trusts

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 04 Dec 2017
    Views: 1015
    Downloads: 15
    Recent Trends & Moves in Singapore’s Hospitality Trusts
    • Hotel RevPar in 2016 fell 4.7% YoY despite an increase of 7.7% in tourist arrivals, with a slower rate of decline since 2017. Hotel occupancy rates remain at an 8 year average of 86%.
    • New hotel room supply in 2017 stands at 3,400 rooms (URA 1Q17 data), 60% higher YoY, but supply is expected to ease in 2018 due to lack of supply of new land for hotel development.
    • SGX lists one Hospitality REIT and five Hospitality Stapled Trusts with a combined market capitalisation of S$9.1 billion. These six trusts have generated a market cap weighted average total return of 19.0% in the YTD and have an average dividend yield of 6.5%.
  • Market Quality around Macroeconomic News Announcements: Evidence from the Australian Stock Market

    Source: Ivan Indriawan
    Date Submitted: 30 Nov 2017
    Views: 32
    Downloads: 4

    In November 2011, an alternative trading venue, Chi-X, entered the Australian stock market and has since succeeded in capturing trading volume and market share from the ASX. In this study, I investigate market quality in the ASX and Chi-X during macroeconomic news announcements. I measure market quality in terms of liquidity, volatility, and price efficiency. Using the fifty largest Australian stocks, I document that on days with macroeconomic news announcements, market quality is generally higher in the ASX than in Chi-X.

  • The prevalence of global stock market inefficiencies gives rise to ample opportunities for stock picking

    Source: Chan Fook Leong, CFA
    Date Submitted: 19 Dec 2017
    Views: 2090
    Downloads: 0
    Media Release

    The prevalence of global stock market inefficiencies gives rise to ample opportunities for stock picking
     
    • Active management can yield alpha from inefficiencies in global equity markets particularly in the Asia Pacific region and in emerging markets 
    • These opportunities to generate excess risk-adjusted returns are in spite of trading costs 
    • There is a positive relation between transaction costs including the presence of short selling restrictions and alpha
     
    By Chan Fook Leong, CFA, for Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX)
     
    Singapore, November 14. Professor Söhnke M. Bartram from University of Warwick highlighted the prevalence of global stock market inefficiencies over a lunch-time talk to a full house of CFA charter holders in the FTSE Room on the 9th floor of Capital Tower, Singapore.

    When there are deviations from fair value, stock picking can yield alpha. The mispricing in equities is prevalent globally, particularly in the Asia Pacific region and in emerging markets as uncovered by Professor’s Bartram research project using point-in-time accounting data from more than 25,000 stocks from 36 countries over a period of more than two decades.

    He and joint researcher, Mark Grinblatt, showed that the risk-adjusted returns are significantly larger in emerging than developed markets, suggesting that emerging markets are less efficient at incorporating material public information.

    Potential profits are also larger in the Asia Pacific region. Equity markets in Asia Pacific, the region with the largest alpha, experiences 26-50 basis point additional alpha compared to the Americas even after factoring in differences in the state of economic development.  

    In their research, fair value is determined using replicating portfolios instead of the more conventional discounted cash flow model or the structural asset pricing model where assumptions such as terminal growth and discount rates need to be determined. The replicating portfolio method is a simplistic non-discretionary approach as it relies on less assumptions to arrive at the fair value of a stock. Using international accounting data which is readily available to investors, firms with the same accounting metrics should have identical fair values.

    The replicating portfolios assign monthly fair values to more than 25,000 firms from 36 countries from 1993 to 2016. Thereafter, ordinary least square regression methods are employed to determine the most under- and over-priced stocks. Professor Bartram found that mispricing is greater in emerging markets and in the Asia Pacific region.

    The proxy of trading costs in this research are costs typically incurred by institutional investors. The study also shows that constructing a long-short portfolio still yields positive alpha in spite of trading costs from fees, commissions, and market impact. Moreover, simple adaptations of strategies that reduce turnover such as buy-and-hold strategy can improve alpha in emerging markets.

    Transaction costs which include trading and compliance costs also predict potential profitability – there is a positive relation between such costs and alpha even after controlling for variables such as the quality of a country’s information environment, its level of economic and financial development, and its regulatory framework. This implies that a hypothetical country with zero transaction costs will be devoid of alpha.  

    The other determinant of the level of alpha is the presence of short selling restrictions and other characteristics that might curb arbitrage activities. Limiting arbitrage activities impede the process of stocks reverting to fair value which in turn gives rise to mis-priced stocks.

    Stock market inefficiencies leads to presence of higher alpha in emerging markets and the Asia Pacific region compared to other parts of the world. The former two market or region represent the amongst highest transaction costs including the presence of the prohibition of short selling relative to others, and thereby leading to higher alphas waiting to be realized from picking these severely mis-priced stocks. Best of luck.
     
     
    The full research report can be downloaded from the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX) website (https://www.arx.cfa)
     
     
  • Information Diffusion and Speed Competition

    Source: Junqing Kang,
    Date Submitted: 26 Nov 2017
    Views: 548
    Downloads: 6
    This paper examines the impact of increasing information transparency and strategic trading speed competition on market quality in a perfectly Bayesian equilibrium when information diffuses gradually. We develop a two-period Kyle model to incorporate information diffusion among fast, slow and less informed speculators. Fast information diffusion can not only weaken information asymmetry but also crowd out private information, while market quality depends on their trade-off. By characterizing and comparing the exogenous and endogenous information equilibria, we show that fast information diffusion and trading speed competition always improve market quality in the exogenous information equilibrium. However, in the endogenous information equilibrium, fast information diffusion can lead to an endogenous switching between competing and no-competing equilibria. The market quality is improved due to the dominance of the positive weakening effect in the non-competing equilibrium, but reduced due to the dominance of the amplified and negative crowding-out effect in the competing equilibrium. Therefore increasing information transparency and trading speed arms race may not always improve market quality; it can have unintended and even negative impact on market quality.
  • AFM - Implications of Buy-Side Analyst Participation in Public Earnings Conference Calls

    Source: Andy Call, Nate Sharp, Tom Shohfi
    Date Submitted: 26 Nov 2017
    Views: 186
    Downloads: 3
    The Q&A session of public earnings conference calls represents a unique opportunity for stakeholders to interact with senior management. We examine buy-side analysts’ participation on these calls and the associated capital-market implications. Using 81,000 transcripts for 3,300 companies from 2007 to 2016, we find that buy-side analysts ask questions on approximately 18% of calls. Management prioritizes buy-side analysts, but discriminates against analysts from hedge funds when short interest is high. Relative to sell-side analysts, buy-side analysts’ interactions with management are shorter and less favorable. Buy-side appearances are also associated with increases in information asymmetry and reductions in sell-side activity.
  • Equity Note on GPH Ispat Limited

    Source: Mohammad Rehan Kabir, Md. Nazmus Sakib
    Date Submitted: 23 Nov 2017
    Views: 499
    Downloads: 19
    GPH Ispat Limited is engaged in manufacturing and trading of iron products and steel materials of all kinds or other metallic or allied materials and marketing the same. GPH Ispat Limited was incorporated in May 17, 2006 and production commenced on 21st August, 2008. The Company produces two types of products mainly, M.S. Rod & M.S. Billet. Besides Miss Roll and Ovel, Steel Bim, Angle, Channel, Flat Bar etc. are also produced by GPH Ispat Limited.


     
  • Singapore Office Property Market Stabilising Despite Headwinds

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 20 Nov 2017
    Views: 920
    Downloads: 1
    Singapore Office Property Market Stabilising Despite Headwinds
    • 1Q17 office space vacancy rates peaked at 11.6%, highest in five years. Office rental rates continue to decline and Grade A office rents stabilising QoQ, indicating signs of stabilisation in office rental rates.
    • Office space supply is expected to peak in 2017 and taper off in the next few years. CBRE Research believes that sentiment has swung from pessimism to optimism as investors forecast a period of relatively modest supply over the next few years.
    • SGX lists six Office REITs (GICS®) with a combined market capitalisation of S$12.8 billion. These 6 trusts have generated a market cap weighted average total return of 16.9% in the YTD and have an average dividend yield of 5.7%.
  • Green Shoots Emerge Despite Challenging Industrial Property Market

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 20 Nov 2017
    Views: 78
    Downloads: 2
    Green Shoots Emerge Despite Challenging Industrial Property Market
    • Singapore’s industrial property market remains challenging as industrial space supply is expected to peak in 2017, before tapering off in the next few years.
    • Green shoots in manufacturing activity data, and the Singapore government’s economic shift, coupled with its focus on higher value-added businesses, bode well for industrial property demand.
    • SGX lists 11 REITs & Property Trusts which have industrial properties within their asset portfolios. These 11 trusts have generated an average year-to-date total return of 19.0%.
  • Machine Learning – A Simple Example for Stock Market Prediction

    Source: HC SHU, Jaccob Thomas
    Date Submitted: 16 Nov 2017
    Views: 603
    Downloads: 29
    http://mympcapital.blogspot.my/2017/11/machine-learning-simple-example-for.html
  • Equity Valuation Report-Square  Pharmaceuticals  Limited

    Source: Md. Mosavvir Al Ashick
    Date Submitted: 16 Nov 2017
    Views: 533
    Downloads: 36
    Square Pharmaceuticals Limited is the largest pharmaceuticals company in Bangladesh securing 17.73% market shares. The company manufactures and distributes pharmaceuticals drugs, medicine, basic chemicals, animal health product, agrovet and pesticide products.Square Pharma holds 58.78% market share in the top two therapeutic segments of Pharma Market that accounts for 52.77% of total Pharma Market in Bangladesh.
     
  • Different Faces of Understanding S&P BSE Sensex using valuation measures

    Source: Apoorva Ramani
    Date Submitted: 13 Nov 2017
    Views: 433
    Downloads: 21
    In India, investors often use to the BSE Sensex index to keep a track of market valuations. Most investors interpret the movement of Sensex in different ways using valuation measures. Price to earnings (P/E) and Price to book value (P/B) ratios are predominantly used to analyse the Sensex movement. When these ratios are used they in fact convey different stories about S&P BSE Sensex. These ratios help the investor to understand whether the market is undervalued or overvalued. The price to earnings ratio is calculated by taking the ratio of Market price of the stock to its Earnings per share (EPS). A high price to earnings ratio indicate that the investors are expecting high earnings growth in the future when compared to low P/E. The price to book value ratio is used to compare a stocks market value to book value. A low P/B ratio could indicate that the market/stock is undervalued. The growth of the equity market in India has been phenomenal in the present decade. Right from early nineties, the stock market witnessed heightened activity in terms of various bull and bear runs. One can identify and understand all the booms and busts of the equity market from the Sensex market. It has indeed emerged itself as one of the most prominent brands in the country.         
     
  • Decoding disinflation: principal contradiction, social progress and market fragility

    Source: Hao Hong, CFA
    Date Submitted: 13 Nov 2017
    Views: 1160
    Downloads: 11
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 14 Nov 2017.
     
  • Singapore Private Property Market Shows Signs of Stabilising

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 13 Nov 2017
    Views: 761
    Downloads: 4
    Singapore Private Property Market Shows Signs of Stabilising
    • Singapore’s private property market appears to be stabilising as URA’s 2Q17 flash estimates show smallest QoQ price decline of private residential property prices since 4Q13. YTD average monthly primary private home sales volumes are also 74.6% higher YoY.
    • Existing property cooling measures are likely to remain despite recent calibrated adjustments. In the medium term, MAS believes that Singapore’s property prices should be aligned with broader income trends in the local economy.
    • SGX lists six Real Estate Management & Development (GICS®) stocks with market capitalisation above S$1 billion that have substantial exposure to the Singapore property market. These six companies have an average total return of 29.2% in the year thus far.
  • SGX Real Estate Index Returned 19.5% YTD on Positive Indicators

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 13 Nov 2017
    Views: 339
    Downloads: 1
    SGX Real Estate Index Returned 19.5% YTD on Positive Indicators
    • The SGX Real Estate Index, a benchmark for Singapore’s Real Estate Sector, has returned 19.5% in the YTD. Domestic private home prices have shown signs of stabilisation in recent months, with a pick-up in primary transaction volumes.
    • There are 104 Real Estate companies (diverse across assets) with a combined market capitalisation of almost S$190 billion listed on the SGX. Some key drivers for the sector include population growth, government cooling measures, land supply and interest rates.
    • Post the YTD rally, sector valuations remain below their long-term historical average. Singapore property developer stocks are trading at PB ratio of 0.75x vs their long-term average of 0.83x.
  • SPIVA Japan Mid-Year 2017 Scorecard

    Source: Priscilla Luk
    Date Submitted: 10 Nov 2017
    Views: 44
    Downloads: 1
    The SPIVA Japan Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Japanese mutual funds against their respective benchmark indices over 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year investment horizons.
  • 10 Biggest US Exposure Plays Generated 35.6% YTD Weighted Returns

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 07 Nov 2017
    Views: 37
    Downloads: 0
    10 Biggest US Exposure Plays Generated 35.6% YTD Weighted Returns
    • US 3Q GDP will be released on Oct 27 (Fri). Focus will be on economic impact from hurricane Harvey and Irma, President Trump’s push for US tax reforms and decision on the Federal Reserve Chair replacement.
    • The 10 largest capitalized stocks with at least 20% of their revenue from US have averaged a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 35.6% in the year to date. This compares with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index’s 13.2% and 9.2% respectively in SGD terms.
    • The six non-inverse US equity ETFs listed on SGX have averaged a total return of 12.5% in the year thus far. There are 10 US ETFs listed on SGX. Seven track equity indices (including one S&P 500 Inverse Daily (-1x), two fixed-income assets, and one that tracks the money market.
  • S-REITs in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 07 Nov 2017
    Views: 393
    Downloads: 11
    S-REITs in a Rising Interest Rate Environment
    • In the year-to-date, the SGX S-REIT Index has generated a 15.5% price gain and 21.2% total return (inclusive of dividends), compared to the benchmark STI’s 15.6% price gain and 19.0% total return. Singapore’s 3-month SIBOR has gained 16.2% in the same period.
    • In theory, a rise in interest rates will lead to an increase in borrowing costs, which impacts the profitability of REITs and their ability to make acquisitions. However, gradual rate increases are also often associated with improving economic growth, which indirectly boosts REITs’ earnings.
    • The SGX S-REIT Index maintains a median gearing ratio of 34.0%, below the 45.0% limit. In terms of valuation, yield spreads between S-REITs and 10-year government bonds are at 385bps, 39bps above the long term average of 346bps.
  • 20 Largest China Plays Returned 27% in the YTD

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 05 Nov 2017
    Views: 82
    Downloads: 5
    20 Largest China Plays Returned 27% in the YTD
    • China’s 2017 GDP forecast was revised higher to 6.7% QoQ. Some of China’s growth drivers for the economy include its OBOR Initiative, supply-side structural reform, SOEs reform, growing middle-income class and domestic consumption, and the “Made in China 2025” new economy programme.
    • Close to a quarter (or 180) of SGX-listed companies generate at least 20% of their revenue from China and 80% of these companies derive half or more of their revenue from China. These companies provide investors with revenue exposure to China’s growth story.
    • Of the 20 largest capitalised stocks with at least 50% of their revenue generated from China, 16 saw positive YTD price returns. The five best performing stocks were Hi-P Intl (+165.7%), Elec & Eltek Intl Co (+66.4%), China Sunsine Chem Hldgs (+59.0%), Global Logistic Properties (+49.1%) and Yanlord Land Group (+25.0%).
  • FTSE ST China Index up 18% in 2017 YTD

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 05 Nov 2017
    Views: 61
    Downloads: 2
    FTSE ST China Index up 18% in 2017 YTD
    • In the 2017 YTD, Singapore’s FTSE ST China Index has generated a total return of 17.9%, compared to a 14.9% return for the H-share Index in SGD terms.
    • The FTSE ST China Index consists of FTSE ST All-Share Index constituents that report either at least half of their sales revenues from Mainland China, or report at least half of their operating assets in Mainland China.
    • CWT, Hi-P International, Valuetronics Holdings and Geo Energy Resources will join the FTSE ST China Index on 18 September. This will take the number of constituents in the Index to 21. There are no Index exclusions following the recent review.
    • These four pending FTSE ST China Index entrants have generated average price gains of 72% in the 2017 YTD, ranging from a 8.9% gain for Geo Energy Resources to a 172.6% gain for Hi-P International.
  • 周期三因子模型及资产配置

    Source: 林晓明,华泰证券首席金融工程分析师
    Date Submitted: 02 Nov 2017
    Views: 429
    Downloads: 3
    在2017年10月18日由CFA中国上海主办的量化金融分会中,来自华泰证券首席金融工程分析师林晓明先生在主题为“A股金融工程卖方学术研究漫谈”的圆桌论坛中分享了其对“周期三因子模型及资产配置”的研究。
     
    林晓明先生主要分享的是其团队在过去一年中关于整个市场周期的研究。这个研究讲的是,如果想做一个自上而下的研究,能不能找到一个框架,把所有相关的宏观变量和资产价格拉到一个统一的框架里面进行建模。

    林晓明先后从对全球/中国市场的周期三因子回测、股市与宏观经济关系、全球股票市场周期、统一周期假设、空间谱估计-2、中国和全球市场共同周期的实证检验、周期三因子资 产定价方程这几个方面阐述了他的观点。
  • China-Focused Materials Stocks Led Sector’s YTD Gains

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 01 Nov 2017
    Views: 121
    Downloads: 1
    China-Focused Materials Stocks Led Sector’s YTD Gains
    • The Materials Sector has been Singapore’s second best performing Sector in the 2017 YTD with a market capitalisation-weighted average price gain of 31%. This compared to a 10% gain for the MSCI World Materials Index.
       
    • The YTD median gain of Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Materials stocks was 5%, with a much higher average gain of 54%. Meanwhile, Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Materials stocks that report the majority of their revenue to China generated a YTD median gain of 44% and average gain of 87%.
       
    • As many as seven of Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Materials stocks with a China revenue focus reported 1HFY17 net profit growth. This ranged from +414% YoY net profit growth for Jiutian Chemical Group to +37.7% YoY net profit growth for Tat Seng Packaging Group.
  • ASEAN Plays Poised to Gain from China's Belt & Road Initiative (OBOR)

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 30 Oct 2017
    Views: 2193
    Downloads: 63
    ASEAN Plays Poised to Gain from China's Belt & Road Initiative (OBOR)
    • With its geographical proximity and relatively low risk profile, ASEAN is expected to be a key beneficiary and bridgehead of OBOR as it sees more infrastructure developments and improvements, as well as increased trade and regional connectivity in the region.
    • Singapore, being a member state of ASEAN, has significant roles to play in the OBOR initiative through its status as a financial hub. In addition, Singapore has established industries with the expertise to drive and support infrastructure development for OBOR in ASEAN.
    • SGX lists 192 stocks (c.25%) with at least 20% of their revenue generated from ASEAN across the GICS® Industrials, Materials, and Utilities Sectors. Of the 20 largest capitalised stocks, 13 saw positive YTD price returns. The five best-performing stocks were Jardine Strategic (+25.5%), Straits Trading (+25.1%), Riverstone Holdings (+18.7%), SBS Transit (+17.9%) and Keppel Infrastructure Trust (+16.8%).
  • SGX: China Environmental Plays in Spotlight as China Goes Green

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 30 Oct 2017
    Views: 845
    Downloads: 19
    SGX: China Environmental Plays in Spotlight as China Goes Green
    • Environmental protection and pollution control are becoming increasingly important in China’s policies, as the country strives to develop an ecological civilisation. During its journey to become a green economy, businesses with a focus on environmental utilities in China will likely play important roles.
    • The Chinese government has stepped up efforts to boost environmental protection in recent years, launching several initiatives to promote a greener and cleaner economy, investing in renewable projects and increasing enforcement on pollution domestically.
    • SGX has a cluster of 15 China environmental stocks with a combined market capitalisation of S$5.8 billion. The five biggest China environmental plays are CITIC Envirotech, SIIC Environment, China Everbright Water, China Jinjiang Environment and Sunpower Group.
  • Jollibee Foods Corp. : The Champ of Fast Food

    Source: Louis Banzon
    Date Submitted: 18 Oct 2017
    Views: 403
    Downloads: 17

    Jollibee Foods Corp. gets a BUY recommendation based on the analysis of financial statements, information on quick –service market, well-known stock analysts forecasts, and significant events for the period 2006 to 2016 (up to 30 September 2016).

  • Investors' Confidence Index (ICI)

    Source: Akramul Alam, CIMA part qualified
    Date Submitted: 17 Oct 2017
    Views: 302
    Downloads: 10
    A survey output on Investors Confidence on market.
  • SGX’s 20 Biggest China-Related Enterprises Returned 39.8% in YTD

    Source: SGX My Gateway
    Date Submitted: 15 Oct 2017
    Views: 2786
    Downloads: 16
    SGX’s 20 Biggest China-Related Enterprises Returned 39.8% in YTD
    • 20 of the biggest and active stocks with a China head office have averaged a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 39.8% in the year to date. This compares with the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index’s (SHCOMP) +8.0% (in SGD terms).
    • The 20 biggest stocks maintain market capitalisation-weighted P/E and P/B ratios of 11.2x and 1.3x respectively, below 17.6x and 1.9x respectively for the SHCOMP. Nine of these stocks maintain higher ROEs than the SHCOMP’s 10.7%.
    • The five best performers among the 20 stocks in the YTD are Delong Holdings, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, China Sunsine Chemical Holdings, Yanlord Land and China Aviation Oil. They maintain an average ROE of 16.2%.
  • Panel: Investment Opportunities in APAC

    Source: Andrew Stotz, PhD, CFA
    Date Submitted: 23 Apr 2018
    Views: 19088
    Downloads: 0

    The 2017 Taiwan Investment Conference on 12 October 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CFA Society Taiwan. Keynote speakers and panel discussions highlight hot investment topics in Taiwan and the region. This post relates to the panel discussion on Investment Opportunities in APAC.

    Moderator: Andrew Stotz, PhD, CFAA. Stotz Investment Research

    Panel: Nguyen Thi Vinh Ha, CFAPartner at Grant Thornton (Vietnam)Ashraf Bava, CFAChief Executive at Nael Capital (Pvt) LimitedApril Lynn Tan, CFAVice President and Head of Research at COL Financial, and Biharilal Deora, CFA, CIPM, FCA, CFP, CIWMPartner at BDVG & Associates.

    Markets discussed: India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • 聚焦中国市场的材料股引领今年板块涨势

    Source: 新交所
    Date Submitted: 10 Oct 2017
    Views: 480
    Downloads: 0
    聚焦中国市场的材料股引领今年板块涨势
    • 材料板块是新加坡 2017 年年初至今表现第二出色的板块,市值加权平均涨幅为 31%。相比之下,MSCI 世界材料指数上涨了 10%。
    • 新加坡市值最大的 10 只材料股年初至今的涨幅中值为 5%,平均涨幅则为 54%。同时,新加坡市值最大且大部分收入来自中国的 10 只材料股年初至今的涨幅中值为 44%,平均涨幅为 87%。
    • 新加坡市值最大且聚焦于中国市场的 10 只材料股中有 7 只股票报告 2017 财年上半年净利润录得增长。这些公司的净利润同比增幅介于九天化工集团 (Jiutian Chemical Group) 的 414% 至达成包装集团 (Tat Seng Packaging Group) 的 37.7% 之间。
     
    材料板块以主要业务是将原材料转化为工业材料用品的股票为代表。这类公司可能涉及勘探、开发或加工活动。根据全球行业分类标准(GICS®),材料板块包括制造化学品、建材、玻璃、纸类产品、木材产品及相关包装产品的公司以及钢铁生产商等金属、矿物和采矿公司。
     
  • 东盟概念股将从中国一带一路倡议中获益

    Source: 新交所
    Date Submitted: 08 Oct 2017
    Views: 667
    Downloads: 0
    东盟概念股将从中国一带一路倡议中获
    • 凭借毗邻中国的地理优势以及相对较低的风险水平,预计东盟将是一带一路倡议的主要受益者及桥头堡,该地区将有更多的基础设施的建设和改造项目,而贸易活动及地区联系也会更加紧密。
    • 作为东盟成员国,新加坡将通过其金融中心地位在一带一路倡议中发挥重要作用。此外,新加坡还具备成熟的产业,并有着专业经验可推动并支持一带一路倡议在东盟地区的基础建设项目。
    在新交所 GICS® 工业、材料和公用事业板块中,192 只股票(约占总市值的 25%)有至少 20% 的收入来自东盟地区。其中20 只市值最大的股票中,有 13 只年初至今录得上涨。表现最好的五只股票是怡和策略 (Jardine Strategic, +25.5%)、海峡贸易公司 (Straits Trading, +25.1%)、立合斯顿控股 (Riverstone Holdings, +18.7%)、新捷运 (SBS Transit, +17.9%) 和吉宝基础设施信托 (Keppel Infrastructure Trust, +16.8%)。
     
  • The Anatomy of the Gold Crash of April 12-15, 2013 from a Liquidity Perspective – An Application of Donier and Bouchaud’s Measure of Illiquidity

    Source: Daniel Ceferino D. Camagay
    Date Submitted: 26 Sep 2017
    Views: 1250
    Downloads: 15
    Gold crash of April 12-15, 2013 as seen from a liquidity perspective using Donier and Bouchard's measure of illiquidity
  • Global Market Inefficiencies

    Source: Sohnke M. Bartram, Mark Grinblatt
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2017
    Views: 1417
    Downloads: 85
    Academic Research Paper
  • How Are Institutional Investors Using ETFs in Asia?

    Source: John Davies, Managing Director, Global Head of Exchange Traded Products
    Date Submitted: 15 Sep 2017
    Views: 2052
    Downloads: 81

    Although selecting ETFs can be challenging due the wide variety of products, they can be used as tactical and strategic tools for asset allocation. Market participants have recently been moving funds from underperforming products into more cost-effective ETFs. The sweet spot appears to be the intersection between active and passive smart beta products.

  • 七夕 - “心”周期

    Source: Hao Hong, CFA
    Date Submitted: 12 Sep 2017
    Views: 494
    Downloads: 3
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 29 Aug 2017.
     
  • Cinematic Journey of Southeast Asia's Venture Ecosystem

    Source: Victor Chua Kok Hoe (https://www.linkedin.com/in/victor4chua/)
    Date Submitted: 07 Sep 2017
    Views: 1647
    Downloads: 41
    Southeast Asia's venture investing scene is booming, but not without its long history and influence by other regions in Asia. We are seeing a rush of investors from North Asia coming down to Southeast Asia, pushing the ecosystem to a more mature state and enhancing exit opportunities.
  • A Comprehensive Review on the Cement Industry

    Source: Mohammad Asrarul Haque, Md. Nazmus Sakib
    Date Submitted: 07 Sep 2017
    Views: 1975
    Downloads: 136
    Owing to the urbanization, improved living standard and increasing purchasing power, the construction sector of Bangladesh is passing a shining period. The installed capacity of the local manufacturers far outstrips domestic demand. Although the growth in the demand of cement has been increasing in Bangladesh, it is far below than that of many developing countries. Currently there are seven listed cement manufacturing companies in Bangladesh capital market.
  • Investment Opportunity in Cash Rich Japanese Equity 3: Stronger Support in Japan for Activist Funds Demanding Increase in Shareholder Returns

    Source: Kei Yamaguchi, MM Capital Investments
    Date Submitted: 03 Sep 2017
    Views: 1165
    Downloads: 29
    Japanese regional banks have been suffering from the severe business environment and financial conditions since the 2008 Lehman Crisis. This situation has worsened since the Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates in 2016.

    On the other hand, Japanese corporations still have not paid sufficient dividends to its shareholders. The dividend payout relative to net profit (Payout Ratio) and capital (DOE) are half or less of leading global markets.

    Shareholder proposals for an increased dividend payout of Japanese corporations are more supportive by large investors including banks in Japan. Another tail wind is the Japanese “Stewardship Code” which seeks for stronger corporate governance and deeper dialogues between corporations and shareholders
  • 中国经济周期权威指南 之二 - 新高

    Source: Hao Hong, CFA
    Date Submitted: 03 Sep 2017
    Views: 644
    Downloads: 11
    This research appears on WenXin's blog "Hong Hao China Strategy" on 27 Aug 2017.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: how do you view their underlying substance?

    Source: Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Date Submitted: 30 Aug 2017
    Views: 3211
    Downloads: 81
    Are you a shareholder or analyst with an interest in mergers and acquisitions? 
    The accounting standard-setters need your expertise. 

    We are aware that M&As are common and can take the form of group restructurings or third party acquisitions. There is usually no question that there is underlying substance to acquisitions with third parties - the transaction price typically represents the fair market value of the acquired business. But M&As within a group might arguably be different.

    The findings of this M&A survey will be published and will help us consider whether all M&As should be accounted and reported in the same way. 

    To participate, click on this link: http://survey.hkicpa.org.hk/index.php?sid=57118&lang=en, or download and email us the attached survey: outreachhk@hkicpa.org.hk
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - What Are the Actual Effects of Cash Holdings? Evidence from the Mutual Fund Industry      

    Source: Vikas Agarwal, Haibei Zhao
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 120
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - How Do Smart Beta ETFs Affect the Asset Management Industry? Evidence from Mutual Fund Flows      

    Source: Jie Cao, Jason C. Hsu, Zhanbing Xiao, Xintong Zhan
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 370
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - A Model-Free Tail Risk Index and Its Return Predictability        

    Source: Jinji Hao
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 240
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Global Market Inefficiencies      

    Source: Söhnke M. Bartram, Mark Grinblatt
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 1164
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds      

    Source: Zhi Da, Xing Huang
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Persistent Blessings of Luck      

    Source: Lin William Cong, Yizhou Xiao
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Term Structure of Interest Rates with Short-Run and Long-Run Risks    

    Source: Olesya V. Grishchenko, Zhaogang Song, Hao Zhou
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 78
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Dynamic Momentum and Contrarian Trading      

    Source: Victoria Dobrynskaya
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 279
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Does the Application of Smart Beta Strategies Enhance Portfolio Performance? The Case of Islamic Equity Investments      

    Source: Muhammad Wajid Raza, Dawood Ashraf
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
    Views: 423
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Avoiding Interest-Based Revenues While Constructing Shariah-Compliant Portfolios: False Negatives and False Positives    

    Source: Özgür Arslan-Ayaydin, Kris Boudt, Muhammad Wajid Raza
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Price of Value and Divergence Factor      

    Source: Lin William Cong, Nathan George, Guojun Wang
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 31
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Stocks with Extreme Past Returns: Lotteries or Insurance?      

    Source: Alexander Barinov
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 368
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Disaggregated Sales and Stock Returns    

    Source: Sumit Agarwal, Wenlan Qian, Xin Zou
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 0
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Catering Through Disclosure: Evidence from Shanghai-Hong Kong Connect

    Source: Aaron S. Yoon
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 182
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
     
  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Climate Risks and Market Efficiency

    Source: Harrison Hong, Frank Weikai Li, Jiangmin Xu
    Date Submitted: 29 Aug 2017
    Views: 289
    Downloads: 0
    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
  • For China, this Time is Different

    Source: Jonathan Rochford CFA
    Date Submitted: 24 Aug 2017
    Views: 370
    Downloads: 13
    In 2008 China announced a massive stimulus package that helped its economy and the global economy weather the storm. But nearly ten years on, the situation is very different and China could shift from being a big contributor to global growth to an anchor slowing down the global economy.
  • Chinese Demand Growth Lifts Every Commodity

    Source: Jodie Gunzberg, CFA
    Date Submitted: 21 Aug 2017
    Views: 1681
    Downloads: 0
    In this article, the impact of Chinese demand growth changes on overall commodities, sectors and individual commodities is examined, using year-over-year data from 1970.
  • EM Weekly: Beta Sell-Off, Asia Least Hard Hit

    Source: Richard Briggs
    Date Submitted: 13 Aug 2017
    Views: 388
    Downloads: 5
    • Risk assets took a bump last week largely due to global, rather than EM, factors. DM underperformed EM in excess return terms. In IG, EM corporates generated excess returns of minus 0.38% versus minus 0.54% on DM. In HY corporates a similar story was true with excess returns of minus 0.44% versus minus 1.12% on DM.  
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    • One of the drivers of the risk off tone last week was the war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. That hit the Korean won hardest, it fell 1.64% versus the dollar over the week. Asian currencies were generally weaker last week, with the exception of the Chinese renminbi which strengthened by 0.98%. But in hard currency, the opposite was true with Korean names and sovereign debt generally outperforming IG counterparts.  
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    • In fact the hardest hit last week in the hard currency corporate and sovereign indices were the LatAm and sub-Saharan African credits which are usually caught up in any beta sell off regardless of the driver. Asian names, which tend to be tighter, higher rated and more defensive were the strongest performing last week in that risk-off environment, including Korea.
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    • Notable outliers to those broad moves last week included Teva which continued to sell off for a second week with very high trade volumes persisting after weaker 2Q17 results in the week before last. Teva was down by 1.62% in excess return terms. Venezuela and PDVSA were also among the bottom of the high yield indices' constituents for performance last week and continued to be very volatile, falling on average by 3.32% and 3.69% respectively in price terms last week. Kenya was at the stronger end of the sovereign index last week with excess returns of 0.71%, after relief that last week's elections didn't turn to violence, albeit with the result still being disputed and strikes planned on Monday.
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    • Issuance slowed to a trickle last week with $2.5 bn priced, of which $1.7 bn was rated high yield. The only sovereign new issue was Gabon (B3/B+) which priced a $200 mn tap of its 6.95% 2025 notes. There are several other sovereign new issues being rumoured as coming in the second half of August or early Autumn including Bahrain (euros), $2 bn from Oman and $3 bn from Nigeria.
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  • Emerging from the shadows - The shadow economy to 2025 

    Source: Boon Yew Ng
    Date Submitted: 08 Aug 2017
    Views: 492
    Downloads: 2
    The shadow economy (SE) is expected to decline globally by 2025, from 23% of global GDP in 2011 to an estimated 21% in 2025, on the basis of a mathematical analysis of the factors behind the SE. But the decline is not uniform, and a number of countries, particularly emerging market economies, are expected to experience an increase in the SE as a percentage of GDP by 2025.

    Emerging from the shadows, the shadow economy to 2025 provides a comprehensive examination of the global SE. The report is divided into four sections: SE forecasts for 28 countries to 2025, key factors shaping the SE, the impact and management of the shadow economy and finally recommendations for the accountancy profession
  • What is driving the corporate bond market development in Asia?

    Source: Oskar Kowalewski, Paweł Pisany
    Date Submitted: 05 Aug 2017
    Views: 1487
    Downloads: 23
    We investigate the development of corporate bond markets in 10 Asian countries from 1995 to 2014. Using panel data on the market size and total issue of bonds by financial and non-financial companies, we confirm that macroeconomic and institutional factors are related to the depth of the market. In addition, we show that the issuance of bonds is also determined by other factors that strongly depend on the issuer type. We show that creditor rights and institutional quality are important in explaining the issuance of bonds by financial institutions. Furthermore, we determine a strong positive association between the level of domestic credit and the market and issue size of corporate bonds. In our opinion, the results indicate that there is a positive relationship between the development of the corporate bond market and the banking sector. These findings indicate that increased demand for bank loans induced the issuance of bonds by financial institutions which, in turn, may have led to the development of corporate bond markets in Asia.
  • Energy Posts Its Best July Since 2004

    Source: Jodie Gunzberg, CFA
    Date Submitted: 01 Aug 2017
    Views: 1083
    Downloads: 0
    The S&P GSCI Energy Total Return gained 8.1% in July, the most for a July in 13 years, led by petroleum that was up 9.2%.  Finally the fundamentals may be showing the oil market is starting to rebalance with the rest of the commodities. 
  • RMBI Newsletter Issue 13 (Financial Crime Risk: Anti-Money Laundering and The Rise of Text Mining in Financial Markets)

    Source: Tsang Chiu Yu, Derek, Wong Ching Ip, Venice, Chiu Hok He, Angus, Li Chin Wa, Chin
    Date Submitted: 26 Jul 2017
    Views: 949
    Downloads: 0
    In the latest issue (Issue 13 – August 2017), it covers the storie