Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM) has been voted the Best Asia Pacific Equity ETF Manager for the seventh time in eight years in a survey conducted by etfexpress.
Nikko AM’s ETF assets under management (AUM) grew to over JPY6.4 trillion by December 2017, representing nearly 60 per cent year-over-year growth from JPY4.0 trillion at the end of 2016. In 2017 Nikko AM was the second largest ETF provider in the Asia-Pacific region, while ranking among the top ten globally (as of the end of December 2017).
In March 2017, Nikko Asset Management Asia launched the world’s first Asia ex Japan REIT ETF, the NikkoAM-StraitsTrading Asia ex Japan REIT ETF, on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). It provides access to a portfolio of REITs in Asia across developed and emerging countries, such as Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia. In June 2017, the Firm launched a similar Listed Index Fund Asian REIT on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), expanding access to Japan-based investors.
“We are honoured by this recognition, which is a reflection that increasingly investors are looking for efficient exposure to Japanese equity, and other yield producing asset classes. Our focus on performance-driven solutions has enabled this growth. Last year saw significant expansion for our ETF business outside of Japan, and we look forward to continuing to grow our investor base globally in 2018,” says Koei Imai, Head of the ETF Centre at Nikko Asset Management.