Criteria for Section A, PERFORMANCE AWARDS

For Section A Performance Awards, please upload the monthly performance returns (gross) for the award period and the monthly benchmark returns (if relevant).

All performance data is for the period ending September 30, 2020. Please upload your monthly returns (gross) for the award period chosen and the benchmark returns in an excel file. For example if applying for the ASEAN three-year category, we require the monthly returns (gross) for 36 months to September 30, 2020 and the relevant benchmark returns. You may download the excel template here for guidance.

Please note that for Section A Performance Awards, the end period used is September 30, 2020. For all other awards (Sections B, C and D), the end period is November 30, 2020.

Criteria for Section B, COUNTRY AWARDS (country specific awards below)

  • Best Bond Manager. Please describe your investment and research process and how that has helped your firm navigate the local market conditions and to add value for your clients. Please indicate the performance over the past one year and the size of the bond assets over the past three years.
  • Best Equity Manager. Please describe the success of your equity products in your domestic market given the challenging trading conditions and how your firm has been able to capture growth opportunities. Please indicate the size of your equity assets under management in the last two years.
  • Best ESG Manager. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of ESG and the associated long-term risks that have come front and centre during the crisis. Please explain how your institution has negotiated this once-in-a century pandemic and how your ESG strategies and mandates have coped during the period. Please indicate size of ESG coverage, footprint and assets under management. This award will go to the country-based asset manager that has demonstrated excellence in implementing ESG for its strategies firm wide.
  • Best Fund House. Whilst overall market share is a key consideration, based on net assets raised from both retail and institutional investors, the award also recognises the progress made in expanding distribution, stability of management, including investment personnel, operations, client servicing and sales, and investor education programmes implemented, if any. Please provide supporting data on the growth of your assets in the past three years.
  • Best House for Alternatives. Please explain the particular strategy that your firm has excelled in, the investment and research process, performance record, size of client base, and client endorsements, if any.
  • Best Institutional House. Key factors for consideration are market share, client retention and new business won for which supporting data is required. Please also indicate stability of senior management team, including client servicing and sales, new initiatives launched or planned and thought leadership. Please provide supporting data on growth of institutional sourced assets in the past three years.
  • Best Investor Education. Investor education is a critical area given the urgent need to raise awareness about financial planning in order to enhance retirement savings. With rising longevity globally, now more than ever, investor education has a central role to play. Please explain how your firm, industry body or association, or government agency has addressed this issue and initiatives aimed at the wider public, the channels deployed, use of technology, and impact of these efforts at either the country or regional level.
  • Best Member Communications. This award recognises the platform that has been created to enhance the engagement and reporting process for scheme members through an array of web-based tools and mobile apps. The award recognises service providers, asset managers and pension funds. Please indicate service benchmarks.
  • Best Multi-Asset Manager. Please explain how robust is your firm’s approach in building these portfolios for your retail and institutional clients while demonstrating superior capital markets and risk management expertise. Please provide supporting performance data.
  • Best New ETF. Please explain the success that your firm has achieved following the launch of the new ETF. Please explain its particular features and benefits.
  • Best Pension Fund Manager. For this award, applicants will be assessed over a three and five-year basis on how well they have managed their domestic pension mandates, the size of these mandates and returns against the relevant benchmarks. Please provide supporting data.
  • Best Retail House. The award is based on existing share of the retail market, net assets raised during the year, new funds launched, if any, new initiatives in investor education, and achievements in securing new distribution arrangements. Please explain your online presence and how technology is deployed to improve the client interface experience. Please provide data on the growth of retail sourced assets in the past three years.
  • CEO of the Year. The pandemic has impacted us is more ways than one. Please explain how you have managed during the past one year, in particular demonstrating leadership with all the issues and challenges thrown up by COVID- Please explain how your business has fared, its assets under management, and new initiatives implemented, if any.
  • CIO of the Year. This award recognises the achievements of a chief investment officer at the country level for a pension fund or fund management company. Please explain how you have navigated the markets during the pandemic, mitigate risks and position your portfolios for the next market cycle. Please provide supporting data on the portfolios that you are responsible for, size of investment team, investment performance, and new initiatives, if any.
  • ETF Manager of the Year. The country awards address the key achievements of the provider in the last 12 months, recognising the successful launch of new products or listing of funds this year, and expansion of franchise.
  • Fintech Innovation in Asset Management. This new award recognises a firm’s product or service offering that has made a significant difference for your clients. Please explain how your firm is deploying or has deployed cutting edge technology or technologies to offer better outcomes for your clients at the retail, wholesale or institutional level. Please explain your online presence and use of apps, if any.
  • Best Digital Wealth Management (new). The asset and wealth management industry is making the transition to a digital era and in so doing is making investments for individuals for financial planning and retirement savings far more efficient and at lower costs. Please explain how your institution’s platform is structured, scale of investment offerings, size of your franchise, innovative practices and ease of use. Please provide supporting data for the past two years.
  • Fund Launch of the Year. Inspite of the challenges posed by the pandemic in 2020, please explain how your firm has been able to launch your new fund and made an impact. Please explain the innovative strategies used during the launch period and provide supporting data on amounts of monies raised at the country or regional level.
  • Most Innovative Product. Your firm has been able to design and successfully launch a new and innovative fund or product for your clients in the past year and to anticipate market demand early on in the investment cycle at either the country or regional level. Please provide supporting data and to show amount of monies raised.
  • Best ESG Engagement Initiative. With the increasing adoption of ESG strategies and the implementation of the stewardship code of conduct, institutional investors play a critical role in improving corporate governance of listed companies. Please explain how your firm is set up in terms of stewardship and engagement, reporting on voting and market impact. Please also provide how your ESG team is structured and the number of company engagements (both online and offline) in the past year.
  • Best Impact Investing Manager. Impact Investing is still a relatively new theme and assets under management are still relatively low. At its core, impact investing combines financial returns and societal returns for a specific mandate or cause. Please explain how your firm is making a difference in deploying this strategy in either public markets or private markets, the research and investment process, and assets under management

For Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia only

  • Best Islamic Fund House. Whilst overall market share is a key consideration, based on net assets raised from both retail and institutional investors, the award also recognises the progress made in expanding distribution, stability of management, including investment personnel, operations, client servicing and sales, and investor education programmes implemented, if any. Please provide supporting data on the growth of your assets in the past three years.
  • Best Islamic Fund. This award recognises excellence in long-term performance in the local market. Please provide the the relevant data and the benchmark used for the fund.
  • Best Sukuk Manager. This award recognises growth in assets, profitability, strategic relationships, customer service, competitive pricing, and innovation. Also provide information on the firm’s online presence and investments in new technology or support infrastructure.
  • Islamic Retail House of the Year. Please explain how your firm has been able to retain and grow your market share in the past one year inspite of the challenges posed by the pandemic. Please indicate new fund launches, if any. Please provide supporting data on growth of assets, number of funds, and net fund inflows.
  • Islamic Institutional House of the Year. Please explain how your firm has retained and expanded client assets during the pandemic, how client engagements have been structured, and any new initiatives launched in the past one year. Please provide supporting data to show growth of assets.

For China only

  • Best Domestic Private Fund Manager. Private fund managers have made significant inroads with diversified strategies in bonds and equities, macro trading, private equities or venture capital investment. They have established a strong foothold in fund raising from institutional and high net-worth investors. Please explain your particular strategy, product focus, performance and size of assets under management in the past three years.
  • Best Enterprise Annuity Scheme. This award recognises the size and coverage of the scheme apart from maintaining consistent investment returns over the past three years. Please provide supporting data for the past two years including client endorsements if possible.
  • Best Occupational Annuity Manager. Launched in 2015, this scheme is set to expand at a faster pace in the next few years as more state organisations jump on the bandwagon. In the first quarter of 2020, the OA market had around 700 billion RMB of assets but this is projected to grow significantly in the next several years; with 30 managers on board, competition is keen to gain and retain market share as more local governments increase their allocations. Please explain your firm’s structure, its coverage and size of assets in the past two years.
  • Best Pension Product. Rising longevity rates in China mean that employees have to increase their rates of savings and investments in order to be able to provide a safety net after their retirement. In view of this, investing in a well-designed pension product is important, one that caters to people in different age groups and with different expectations and requirements. Please explain the features and benefits of your product, its cost structure, level of transparency, track record and market impact. This award will also address the recent growth in life cycle funds in the market.
  • Best Provider for Private Pensions. China’s third pillar of private pensions is still in its early stage but many providers are making good progress. Target date funds, for example, have been introduced. Please explain your firm’s current coverage, footprint and strategy for the market. Please provide supporting data on size of assets.
  • Best WFOE House. The mainland market’s reforms have opened the door for foreign fund houses to establish their wholly foreign owned enterprises for domestic fund raising. Please explain how your firm has established a presence in the fast growing market, its product and distribution arrangements, market acceptance and funds raised in the past year.
  • Pensions CEO of the Year: This new award will recognise the achievements of an individual in the pensions market in China, one who has been able to demonstrate and implement a clear strategy for his or her firm in the fast growing pensions industry. Please explain your firm’s leading position in the industry, size of the asset pool, number of members and new initiatives launched in the past one year. Please provide supporting data.
  • Fintech Innovation in Pensions: This new award will recognise the achievements of a provider in the pensions market in China; given China’s leading use of fintech and artificial intelligence, the applications of these leading-edge technologies in pensions management will bring significant benefits to both employers and employees. Please explain how your firm’s leading edge has enhanced your market profile and standing and especially so at a time of the pandemic.
  • Best Domestic Custodian – Bank (new). Please explain how your institution is positioned in China in servicing your clients, both domestic and offshore, in terms of market share, size of franchise and growth in the past two years. With new reforms being introduced, please also explain how your institution has been able to tap into the new opportunities.
  • Best Domestic Custodian – Non Bank (new): Please explain how your institution is positioned in China in servicing your clients, both domestic and offshore, in terms of market share, size of franchise and growth in the past two years. With new reforms being introduced, please also explain how your institution has been able to tap into the new opportunities.
  • Best China Index Provider (new). Please explain how your firm has been successful in China by offering sophisticated indices to meet demand for innovative strategies across various asset classes for retail and/or institutional investors. Please provide supporting data to indicate growth of assets that track these indices over the past two years and new initiatives, if any.
  • Best Digital Wealth Management (new). The asset and wealth management industry is making the transition to a digital era and in so doing is making investments for individuals for financial planning and retirement savings far more efficient and at lower costs. Please explain how your institution’s platform is structured, scale of investment offerings, size of your franchise, innovative practices and ease of use. Please provide supporting data for the past two years.
  • Fund Launch of the Year. We will reward a fund launch from the 12 months to November 30, 2020 that is brought to market a brand new product. The entry should state the rationale for the product, list markets and dates where the product was launched, state how the product is innovatory and/or different and/or timely, include marketing campaign objectives and outcomes, and give figures for assets gathered for this product in the 12-month period.

For Hong Kong only

  • Best China Fund House. This award recognises the achievements and progress made by Mainland fund houses, specifically their growing pool of assets managed in Hong Kong, their investment strategies and supported by their size of their research and portfolio management teams. Please provide data on staff resources and assets under management. Also provide information on the firm’s online presence, innovatory practices and investments in new technology or support infrastructure.
  • Best ORSO Scheme. This award recognises a retirement scheme in Hong Kong that takes a holistic approach in managing the retirement savings of its employees, offering good employee choice options, a superior member communications programme, enhanced level of contributions and sound financial planning services.
  • Best RMB Manager. The winning asset manager will have demonstrated the ability to deliver service, performance, and innovative solutions with its RMB offerings globally.
  • Best MPF Scheme Provider – 20 years. The MPF system celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. Please explain how your firm has successfully built its franchise in Hong Kong in the past 20 years by offering top-drawer excellence across all the service metrics, latest enhancements, product offerings and innovative solutions. Please also highlight client satisfaction surveys.
  • Most Innovative Product. Please indicate the specific product features that are unique, its applications, ease of understanding and market impact.

For Singapore and Japan only

  • Best REITs Manager. Please highlight current size of franchise, fund performance, new initiatives undertaken, new launches and plans for the future. 

For Taiwan only

  • Best House for Offshore Funds. The award is based on net assets raised for funds investing globally and structure of the funds in terms of their strategy, product innovation and market impact. Also provide information on innovatory practices and investments in new technology or support infrastructure used to support the firm’s online presence.

For Thailand only

  • Best Pension Plan Sponsor. The award recognises the progress and achievements of a pension fund in Thailand. Please explain how your pension fund has coped with COVID-19 especially on managing investments and operations; please also explain how the use of technology was deployed for member communications, reporting and engaging key stakeholders during the crisis where work-from-home practices were common.

India only

  • Index Provider of the Year. Please explain how your institution has been successful in the domestic market by offering sophisticated indices to meet demand for innovative strategies across various asset classes for retail and/or institutional investors. Please provide supporting data to indicate growth of assets that track these indices over the past two years and new initiatives, if any.

Criteria for Section C, REGIONAL AWARDS

  • Alternatives House of the Year. This will be awarded to an alternatives house that the judging panel believed has achieved an outstanding level of performance and client servicing capability in the region. The firm can be managing a variety of alternative strategies such as long/short equity, credit, funds of hedge funds, funds of private equity funds, macro, and convertibles including property or real estate. The panel will also take into account latest initiatives on expansion of network, size of existing franchise, human resources, client retention and stability of investment team.
  • Asian Asset Consultant of the Year. This award will recognise the role and contribution of an asset consultant to the funds and pensions industry in Asia; the incumbent has to demonstrate a solid track record in pensions advisory and a high level of strategic input for its clients as well as a commitment to the region. Client references will be an added advantage. 
  • Asian Bond House. The Asian local currency bond market has grown tremendously in the past decade. Please explain how your institution has managed to capture the existing inefficiencies in the market and where are some of the long-term opportunities. Please also indicate the size of your business, scope of coverage, staffing, portfolio management and research resources, and plans for the future.
  • Best Bond Trading Platform. This new award will recognise how your institution is capturing new volumes in Asia from market participants based on your robust platform, its benefits and efficiency of execution whether for hard or local currency bonds. Please provide supporting data and third party endorsements, if any.
  • Asian Hedge Fund House of the Year. The winner in this category will have enhanced the reputation of their hedge fund investment strategy during the 12-month period to November 30, 2020. Evidence of success will include growth in AUM, pattern of net inflows, stability of performance, product development and innovation, increased acceptability and uptake in target markets.
  • Asian Rising Star. This award will go to the market participant that has become the one to watch having already demonstrated great promise within the country’s fund management industry. The winning entry will have demonstrated significant financial achievement, enterprise, integrity, innovation and strategic development. Please explain how you have navigated the markets during the pandemic. Please provide supporting data on assets under management.
  • Best Application of ESG. COVID-19 has significantly heightened awareness of ESG issues and its long-term implications going forward. Please explain how your firm’s ESG policies and strategies have been adopted and integrated into your portfolios (whether firm wide or by specific asset classes) and the research methodology used. Please provide supporting data on assets and third party endorsements, if any.
  • Best Asset Management House. In this year of COVID-19, global markets have been volatile amongst a host of challenges for asset managers. Fund raising, too, has been challenging to say the least. Please explain how your firm has coped this year in managing your franchise, work-from-home practices, client interactions, and overall retention of client assets. Please explain your digital presence and provide supporting data on assets under management, new mandates won, and product launches, if any. 
  • Best Client Servicing Award. The pandemic has upturned client-facing meetings, moving to online and virtual settings throughout most of the year. Please explain how your institution has used technology to minimise and reduce disruptions to client servicing and indeed to enhance the process for reporting in a proactive and timely manner.
  • Best ESG Manager in Asia. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of ESG and the associated long-term risks that have come front and centre during the crisis. Please explain how your institution has negotiated this once-in-a century pandemic and how your ESG strategies and mandates have coped during the period. Please indicate size of ESG coverage, footprint and assets under management. Please provide supporting data and third party endorsements, if any.
  • Best ESG Strategy – Pension Fund. Now more than ever, the momentum is growing in Asia for asset owners and pension funds to apply ESG strategies across their spectrum of investments. Please explain how your pension fund has incorporated ESG best practices into your portfolios and to ensure the long-term sustainability of these investments.
  • Best ETF Market Maker in Asia. This award is to recognise market share, the firm’s trading and execution platform and its research and advisory capabilities. We will also look at expansion of the franchise and plans to promote usage of the funds in the Asian market and how the firm is promoting the greater use of ETFs in general.
  • Best Factor Investing Manager. Factor investing has made significant inroads into pension fund portfolios globally and in Asia, too, similar trends are shaping the industry. This award will recognise how a provider has been able to demonstrate its expertise in implementing this dynamic strategy and the results to date. Please share your firm’s success in the region, highlights of the strategy deployed and mandates won.
  • Best Digital Wealth Management in Asia. This award will recognise how your firm has been able to harness new technology to enhance the distribution of innovative investment funds and to provide a platform for investors to manage their savings and investments in a timely and cost efficient manner. Please provide supporting data to show investment range of investment offerings, size of franchise and amounts raised in the past two years.
  • Best Fund Administrator in Asia- Retail. This award will recognise how fund administrators are addressing the needs of clients in a more demanding regime not just in terms of the evolving regulatory requirements but also in the critical area of more innovative and cost effective solutions using the latest technologies and systems. It will also address the investments being made to improve the automation processes, service delivery of end-to-end solutions, and compliance monitoring. The judging panel would also like to see the staff resources and level of expertise within the group. Please provide a list of mandates won by types of clients and funds in the region in the last 12 months.
  • Best Fund Administrator in Asia- Alternatives. This award will recognise how your institution has adapted to the complex and challenging world of administering alternative products in the region, providing top notch end-to-end solutions and compliance monitoring. Please provide supporting data on scale of franchise, mandates won by number and types of clients in the past 12 months. Client endorsements will be helpful too.
  • Fintech Innovation in Securities Servicing. Please explain how your institution is embracing Fintech for the buy side in Asia to enhance your value proposition and how your clients are benefiting from these innovative solutions at a time of heightened competition. Please explain how your firm is addressing the critical challenges in cyber security.
  • Best Middle and Back Office Provider in Asia. This award will recognise a provider with best-in-class solutions for the buy side for their middle and back office requirements. Please explain how your team has coped during the pandemic, ensuring timely reporting, client monitoring and client interactions.
  • Best Global Custodian in Asia-Pacific. Please explain how your institution has fared in the region in the past 12 months in light of the issues affecting global markets not the least of which is the ongoing pandemic. How are global custodians responding to client demands in the region across the broad range of services and markets that they operate in? Please itemise size of business, new mandates won and new initiatives undertaken in the last 12 months including thought leadership papers published. Please provide supporting data.
  • Best Impacting Investing Manager. Impact Investing is still a relatively new theme in Asia and assets under management are still relatively low. At its core, impact investing combines financial returns and societal returns for a specific mandate or cause. Please explain how your firm is making a difference in deploying this strategy in either public markets or private markets, the research and investment process, and assets under management.
  • Best Insurance Asset Manager. The winning asset manager will have demonstrated the ability to deliver service, performance, and innovative solutions to its insurance clients in Asia. Please also explain how the firm has embraced new technology to improve the services that it provides and to bolster its digital profile, and the components the company has put in place to commit to responsible investing.
  • Best Multi-Asset House. This award will go to the applicant that has put forward the best case for building a multi-asset portfolio while proving significant capital market and risk management expertise. The judges will be looking for evidence of how thoughtful portfolio diversification is an investment strategy and proof that by combining multiple asset classes with low or negative correlations, an investor may achieve a higher portfolio return and a significant reduction in risk.
  • Best Real Assets House. The winner in this category will have enhanced the reputation of their real assets investment strategy during the 12-month period to November 30, 2020. Evidence of success will include growth in AUM, pattern of net inflows, stability of performance, product development and innovation, increased acceptability and uptake in target markets.
  • Best Securities Financing House. Please explain how your institution has strengthened your franchise in the Asia-Pacific region in the past 12 months and new initiatives undertaken.
  • Best Smart Beta Strategy. This award will go to the asset management house or pension fund that has demonstrated the best “smart beta” approaches; in doing so they will have combined both passive and active elements to deliver the best of both worlds: transparent construction, the promise of diversification, and all at low cost. Please explain how such strategies are put together and how they have performed over the past three years.
  • CEO of the Year in Asia. COVID-19 has brought myriad challenges but you have been able to manage the issues in a structured and disciplined manner, from work-from-home practices to managing clients online, and minimizing business disruption in the process. Please explain the particular issues and challenges, how you and your team have addressed them and how your digital platform has made a difference during the crisis. Please provide data on client assets and indicate new initiatives, if any.
  • CIO of the Year in Asia. Please explain how your firm’s portfolios have held up during the pandemic, especially in coping with market volatility as well as taking advantage of the growth in sectors that have benefited from the crisis such as health care and technology. Please provide supporting data on size of portfolios, performance and new initiatives, if any.
  • ETF Index Provider of the Year in Asia. The winning applicant will have been at the forefront of developing accurate, objective and superior indices in the region. They will demonstrate how they have developed sophisticated index concepts in response to continuous growth of the ETF market and expanded their index offering on a regional level and across all asset classes.
  • ETF Manager of the Year. This award addresses the key achievements of the ETF provider in the last 12 months, new products launched across the region, scale of existing franchise, number of funds listed in the region, and efforts to promote investor education, and enhance usage of ETFs in the institutional and retail marketplace.
  • Fintech Innovation in Asian Asset Management. This award recognises a firm’s product or service offering that has made a significant difference for your clients. Please explain how your firm is deploying or has deployed cutting edge technology or technologies to offer better outcomes for your clients at the retail, wholesale or institutional level. Please explain your online presence and use of apps, if any.
  • Index Provider of the Year. This recognition will be awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, and adviser support during the pandemic. Please also provide information on size of assets and number of funds that track your indices in the region.
  • ESG Index Provider of the Year. Allocations to ESG strategies are growing across the region including from a host of asset owners and pension funds. Please explain how your institution is meeting client demands by structuring innovative indexes based on your proprietary research methodology; please provide supporting data on take-up and size of client assets that track these indices.
  • Management Consultancy of the Year. Please explain how your firm is assisting the fund and pensions industry in Asia in raising levels of productivity through innovative solutions whether in the areas of compliance, processes, research or distribution and how new technology is being deployed to achieve these goals. Please provide supporting data.
  • Pension Plan Sponsor of the Year. The award recognises the progress and achievements of a pension fund in Asia. Please explain how your pension fund has coped with COVID-19 especially on managing investments and operations; please also explain how the use of technology was deployed for member communications, reporting and engaging key stakeholders during the crisis where work-from-home practices were common.
  • Pensions Personality of the Year. This new award will recognise the achievement and contribution of an individual in Asia in particular in pursuing best practices in the pensions industry. He/she must be able to demonstrate leadership, especially during this challenging pandemic period, to guide your organisation. This award is open to pension funds and their advisors.
  • Asset Management Personality of the Year. This new award will recognise an individual from the regional asset management industry who has made a significant contribution to your organisation in any of the following areas: enhancing distribution channels, securing new mandates, successful launch of a new fund or product, implementing a sound marketing strategy or plan, or enhancing your firm’s digital footprint and presence. Please provide supporting data.
  • Most Resilient Fund. This new award recognises how your fund has outperformed during the pandemic, steps undertaken to capture the emerging opportunities while retaining the risks parameters that your fund has in place. Please provide performance data and size of fund.

Criteria for Section D, ASEAN AWARDS

  • ASEAN Asset Consultant of the Year. This award will recognise the role and contribution of an asset consultant to the funds and pensions industry in ASEAN; the incumbent has to demonstrate a solid track record in pensions advisory and a high level of strategic input for its clients as well as a commitment to the region. Client references will be an added advantage. 
  • ASEAN Fund Launch of the Year. We will reward a fund launch from the 12 months to November 30, 2020 that is brought to market a brand new product. The entry should state the rationale for the product, list markets and dates where the product was launched, state how the product is innovatory and/or different and/or timely, include marketing campaign objectives and outcomes, and give figures for assets gathered for this product in the 12-month period.
  • Asset Management Personality of the Year in ASEAN. This new award will recognise an individual from the asset management industry who has made a significant contribution to your organisation in any of the following areas: enhancing distribution channels, securing new mandates, successful launch of a new fund or product, implementing a sound marketing strategy or plan, or enhancing your firm’s digital footprint and presence. Please provide supporting data.
  • Best Application of ESG (ASEAN). COVID-19 has significantly heightened awareness of ESG issues and its long-term implications going forward. Please explain how your firm’s ESG policies and strategies have been adopted and integrated into your portfolios (whether firm wide or by specific asset classes) and the research methodology used. Please provide supporting data on assets and third party endorsements, if any.
  • Best Custodian in ASEAN. Please explain how your institution has fared in the region in the past 12 months in light of the issues affecting global markets not the least of which is the ongoing pandemic. How are custodians responding to client demands in the region across the broad range of services and markets that they operate in? Please itemise size of business, new mandates won and new initiatives undertaken in the last 12 months including thought leadership papers published. Please provide supporting data.
  • Best ESG Manager in ASEAN. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of ESG and the associated long-term risks that have come front and centre during the crisis. Please explain how your institution has negotiated this once-in-a century pandemic and how your ESG strategies and mandates have coped during the period. Please indicate size of ESG coverage, footprint and assets under management. Please provide supporting data and third party endorsements, if any.
  • Best ESG Strategy – Pension Fund (ASEAN). Now more than ever, the momentum is growing in Asia for asset owners and pension funds to apply ESG strategies across their spectrum of investments. Please explain how your pension fund has incorporated ESG best practices into your portfolios and to ensure the long-term sustainability of these investments.
  • Best Pension Fund for Member Communications (ASEAN). With the move to DC arrangements, it is incumbent upon members of pension funds to equip themselves with sufficient knowledge to make informed choices about their investments. And this is one reason why pension funds need to raise their game in enhancing and improving communication channels. Please explain steps that your pension fund has undertaken in the past year to improve the engagement process, new initiatives, raising investor education programmes, and the tools and technologies that have been used to convey the key messages.
  • CEO of the Year in ASEAN. COVID-19 has brought myriad challenges but you have been able to manage the issues in a structured and disciplined manner, from work-from-home practices to managing clients online, and minimizing business disruption in the process. Please explain the particular issues and challenges, how you and your team have addressed them and how your digital platform has made a difference during the crisis. Please provide data on client assets and indicate new initiatives, if any.
  • CIO of the Year in ASEAN. Please explain how your firm’s portfolios have held up during the pandemic, especially in coping with market volatility as well as taking advantage of the growth in sectors that have benefited from the crisis such as health care and technology. Please provide supporting data on size of portfolios, performance and new initiatives, if any.
  • ESG Index Provider of the Year in ASEAN. Allocations to ESG strategies are growing across the region including from a host of asset owners and pension funds. Please explain how your institution is meeting client demands by structuring innovative indexes based on your proprietary research methodology; please provide supporting data on take-up and size of client assets that track these indices.
  • ETF Index Provider of the Year in ASEAN. The winning applicant will have been at the forefront of developing accurate, objective and superior indices in the region. They will demonstrate how they have developed sophisticated index concepts in response to continuous growth of the ETF market and expanded their index offering on a regional level and across all asset classes.
  • Fintech Innovation in Asset Management (ASEAN). This new award recognises a firm’s product or service offering that has made a significant difference for your clients. Please explain how your firm is deploying or has deployed cutting edge technology or technologies to offer better outcomes for your clients at the retail, wholesale or institutional level. Please explain your online presence and use of apps, if any.
  • Index Provider of the Year in ASEAN. This recognition will be awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, adviser support and more. Also provide information on innovatory practices and investments in new technology or support infrastructure used to support the the provision of indexes the firm provides and give details of the company’s online presence; provide evidence of having benefitted from smoother operations and/or new value added services; and list significant contributions to the investment management industry.
  • Pensions Personality of the Year in ASEAN. This new award will recognise the achievement and contribution of an individual in ASEAN in particular in pursuing best practices in the pensions industry. She must be able to demonstrate leadership and commitment and marked by years of service in the industry. This award is open to pension funds and their advisors.
  • Pension Plan Sponsor of the Year in ASEAN. The award recognises the progress and achievements of a pension fund in ASEAN. Please explain how your pension fund has coped with COVID-19 especially on managing investments and operations; please also explain how the use of technology was deployed for member communications, reporting and engaging key stakeholders during the crisis where work-from-home practices were common.

Note: The decision of the judging panel is final. If in the opinion of the judging panel no applicant(s) merit consideration, no award will be issued for that particular category or section. Please also note that the use of the data provided in the submissions will only be used by the judging panel for the specific purpose of adjudicating the awards and will not be used, published, or transmitted in any form whatsoever to third parties or their representatives. Late submissions will not be accepted.


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