Smart Beta and Factor Investing Special Report 2017

Asia has been slow to embrace smart beta investment strategies, but this is beginning to change with an increase in sustainable investing and institutional investors in the region – such as insurers and pensions managers – looking to protect portfolios amid a strong run in equity markets.

The adoption of smart beta in Asia had lagged because of limited investment in building smart beta exchange-traded products, misaligned incentives or higher remuneration for brokers to promote other products and, until recently, a lack of investor knowledge. Most of these issues have now been addressed.

Interest is picking up, however – especially in China, where insurers are keen to jump on the bandwagon. This increasing interest in smart beta in Asia coincides with intensified demand for sustainable investing.

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