APAC Institutional Intelligence Quarterly Report

Released June 2021

eVestment’s unique position as a data-driven source of intelligence serving institutional asset managers, investors and their consultants globally provides us the ability to produce a holistic view of the themes, trends and trend shifts impacting asset managers around the world. In this APAC edition, a supplement to our Global Institutional Intelligence Report, we focus on the APAC marketplace, from how global asset flows and eVestment platform viewership trends are impacting APAC firms specifically, to the strategies where APAC investors & consultants are focusing their attention globally, and where ex-APAC investors & consultants are focusing when they look into APAC. Lastly, we provide the institutional backdrop for five universes exhibiting the most positive trends for APAC managers during the quarter.

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  • Total net flow for APAC managers, excluding cash management strategies, was positive in Q1 2021 for a third consecutive quarter. APAC investors’ largest net flows were around Global All Cap Growth Equity and Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income products, while APAC-domiciled firms saw the largest net flows around Global Government and Global Passive Fixed Income strategies.
  • Among the most active investors and consultants within APAC, the most common focus of their eVestment platform views were toward Global Core Equity strategies, both All & Large Cap, though GTAA products also saw broad interest. From outside of APAC, the most common interest was for APAC managers’ Onshore China A-Shares Equity products.
  • The most positively trending primary universe among the 50 of highest importance to APAC managers in Q1 2021 (based on volume of flow and views on eVestment’s platform) was Japan Passive Fixed Income, though among the Top 5 there was a relatively diverse set of universes.

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