Capital market reforms in Asia are galvanising foreign investors, while disruptive technologies and new service partnerships are changing the way that custodians, brokers, asset managers and market infrastructure access the region. flow reports on the themes to emerge out of the Network Forum Asia meeting in Hong Kong
The Network Forum (TNF) returned to Hong Kong this month for the 2019 Network Asia Forum meeting on 13-14 November, although increasing security concerns and travel disruption resulting from the street protests meant that only the first of the two-day event was completed.
Among the topics in focus on Day One was the impact of persistently low interest rates, volatility, the reallocation of assets from active into passive investments and extensive post-crisis regulations, which are weighing heavily on institutional investor returns.
Consultancy Bain & Co reports that the global revenue pool for the traditional buy-side is expected to fall 20% by 2025. This will be felt by post-trade services, who could see their own profits plunge by anywhere between 35% to 40% over the same time horizon.1
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