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Research Reports » Calastone Asia July 2020

Survey highlights

Calastone_Asia_2020Investment through digital channels has been key to the growth of Asia’s asset management industry. But how will asset managers position themselves in Asia to capture new investment flows? Which markets offer most potential for building domestic and cross-border investment? And what role will technology play in delivering cost-efficient investment solutions to Asia’s investors?

With Asian economies working hard to recapture momentum after arguably the most acute global health crisis of the post-1945 period, this survey evaluates the performance of asset managers’ technology infrastructure in providing business continuity under stress conditions. Among its main findings:

  • 63% of respondents say that China will be the most important market globally for attracting investment flow from Asian investors in the coming 12 months.
  • 61% say that distributed ledger technology will deliver greater efficiency in fund trading and settlement.
  • 74% say lack of certainty around investment returns will be the primary barrier to new investment flow in the year ahead. 
  • 79% say that robo-advisory will expand as the funds industry seeks new mechanisms for delivering investment advice.
  • 71% say asset managers will expand their footprint in alternative investments.
  • 62% say fund managers will expand their wealth management arms and increase their focus on direct-to-consumer (D2C) channels. 

For the fourth year, Funds Global Asia has partnered with Calastone to deliver a survey of dominant trends in the asset management industry. The report highlights the findings of research conducted in May and June 2020. Survey respondents were based in the Asia-Pacific region.

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