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Fifth anniversary of XIE Shares celebrated with ETF thematic symposium

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Hong Kong-based ETF provider Enhanced Investment Products Limited (EIP) marked the fifth Anniversary of its XIE Shares platform with a Thematic Investment Symposium in Hong Kong.

A series of panel discussions and presentations featuring senior Hong Kong financial strategists and allocators confirmed that global geopolitical risk, persistently low interest rates, polarisation of growth and global deleveraging are leading to an increased interest from retail and institutional investors in thematic investing.  

Tobias Bland, CEO, Enhanced Investment Products Limited/EIP Alpha Limited said thematic ETFs are the next stage in the evolution of the exchange traded product market.

“Traditionally, Asian investors have been trading orientated which suited single stock investing.  Packaging themes into an ETF format provides a simple investment vehicle to express views, long or short; be these in equities, bonds, commodities, credit or other investment instruments, the ETF wrapper allows simple access and trading. Once understood better in Asia, ETFs will appeal to the trading mentality of Asian investors and lead to explosive growth in this innovative product.”

As the engine of global growth, Asia has produced distinct investment themes that track long-term economic, social and market trends such as technology, internet and aging, providing investors with opportunities to leverage long-term growth stories.

CLSA, Asia’s leading brokerage and investment group, and XIE Shares have developed a series of thematic-based ETFs that leverage CLSA’s award-winning equity research and provide retail and institutional investors with access to the intellectual capital of some of Asia’s most admired analysts.

CLSA’s CEO Jonathan Slone spoke at the XIE Shares 5th Anniversary Thematic Investment Symposium saying:  “For the past 30 years, CLSA has produced thematic research that captures the emerging trends driving Asia’s growth. XIE Shares ETF’s provide an easy way to leverage CLSA’s research and analysis.”
The rise of China’s internet sector is a strong example. CLSA’s Asia Telecom and Internet Research Head, Elinor Leung, presented the audience six trends that will continue to drive the sector in China: E-commerce, travel, advertising, mobile gaming, expanding online eco systems and e-finance.  XIE Shares FTSE Chimerica ETF (3161.HK) provides investors exposure to blue chip US-listed Chinese internet and technology companies such as NetEase, Alibaba, JD.com, Baidu, Ctrip and Sina.

Today, several of the worlds’ top traded equity securities are ETFs.  As a basket of securities packaged into funds traded on exchanges, ETFs have become a favourite of retail investors for their ability to enter and exit a group of stocks quickly and efficiently. 

The market is already seeing unprecedented trading in ETFs and at the end of March 2017, the Global ETF industry had 4,920 ETFs with 10,203 listings, assets of USD3,752 billion from 269 providers on 65 exchanges according to ETFGI LLP, an independent research and consultancy firm.

Speaking on a panel at the XIE Shares fifth Anniversary Thematic Investment Symposium Adam Choppin, Manager Research and Investment Strategy at FIS Group, said investors should look at the liquidity of the underlying assets of an ETF, not the liquidity of the ETF itself. “This is almost irrelevant,” he said.
Also speaking at the XIE Shares 5th Anniversary Thematic Investment Symposium on a panel of financial professionals, Fan Jiang, Asia Chief Investment Strategist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank said: “The whole world has under allocated to China and China has under allocated to the rest of the world.”
In Hong Kong and China the market has considerable room to grow and it is expected that ETFs will be included in the Shanghai-HK Connect and Shenzhen-HK Connect schemes towards the end of the 2017.

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