Desperately seeking a benchmark

The market for exchange-traded funds in Asia has been slow to develop. A regional benchmark ETF is still lacking, while the promise of high-volume trading in products cross-listed from Europe and the US has yet to materialise. Richard Jory reports from Singapore on Asia’s flirtation with these still-new investment products

Benjamin Rudd, Ping An of China Asset Management

Cross-listing US and European exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on stock exchanges in Asia, particularly in Singapore and Hong Kong, may have boosted awareness of these increasingly complex investment products in the region, but it has not led to a rapid increase in take-up. That was the conclusion reached by speakers and delegates at the Art of Indexing Summit Asia, held in the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore on June 8.

Instead, investors are asking for local or regional ETFs that allow them to trade

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