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Exchange-Traded Funds - June 16, 2015

Frédéric Ducoulombier invited to speak on smart beta at The Asset ETF Asia Summit 2015

Frédéric Ducoulombier, Founding Director, EDHEC Risk Institute - Asia, will be participating as a panellist in the session entitled "In focus: The smart beta debate". The growing excitement over smart beta globally has sparked the interest of Asian investors, yet the uptake from investors who are looking for better returns, is quite subdued. Are Asian investors missing out on the smart beta opportunity? The session will examine the following questions:

  • Standard indexing vs smart beta: What investors need to know
  • How are smart beta strategies developed?
  • What factors should be considered in developing fixed income smart beta?
  • How can smart beta be adapted to suit the needs of the Asian investors?

The Asset ETF Asia Summit 2015 is a one-day strategic event which aims to bring together policymakers and leaders in the ETF market including fund houses, index providers, authorised participants, market makers, banks, exchanges and technology platforms in a full-day, high-level discussion of the key issues, challenges and opportunities in the Asian ETF market.

Over the past few years, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have grown in size to reach over US$3 trillion in total assets, a reflection of its acceptance as an investment option and as part of a broader asset allocation strategy. ETFs’ cost efficiency, transparency and tradability add to their attraction, drawing both institutional and retail investors. In the Asia-Pacific region, ETFs are gaining ground as more providers launch new products and investors begin to learn the merits of investing in them. At the rate it’s growing, the Asian ETF market may soon overtake Europe. How can Asian investors fully embrace this simple yet complex product? How are the industry players positioning their ETF offering to build market share? How are regulators and exchanges viewing ETF’s development? What are the recent trends driving the growth of the Asian ETF market?

Frédéric Ducoulombier is the founding director of EDHEC Risk Institute-Asia and an associate professor of finance at EDHEC Business School. He also serves on the Consultative Working Group of the Financial Innovation Standing Committee established by the European Securities and Markets Authority. He has most recently co-authored EDHEC-Risk Institute's influential contributions to international regulatory consultations on ETFs, indices and benchmarks as well as publications on the purported risks of ETFs, non-financial risks in fund management, and the index transparency and governance requirements of institutional investors. He also contributed to reviews of the asset allocation and portfolio construction practices of sovereign investors and pension funds. Prior to establishing the Asian operations of EDHEC-Risk Institute, he founded and developed the Institute's executive education operations and initiated and developed its PhD in Finance programme. Since April 2015, he heads business development for the Institute's index provision venture, ERI Scientific Beta, in the Middle-East and Asia Pacific ex Japan.

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