|New Push For Bond ETFs in Down Under-continued|
|January 29, 2012--Australian retail investors seeking fixed income products have traditionally had a limited range of choices, but a recent regulatory change to allow fixed income exchange traded funds on to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) could be a significant boost to the asset class, the FT reports.|
|New rules to allow the listing of fixed income ETFs on the ASX were approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) just before Christmas and came into effect in January.
The move is a welcome change for ETF providers such as BlackRock and Vanguard, which offer a range of fixed income products globally but have been prevented from listing them in Australia. “We think we’ll see strong demand from the retail segment – which includes self-managed superannuation funds – and also from institutions,” says Mark Oliver, Australian head of iShares, BlackRock’s ETF operation. “Institutions can access broad fixed interest markets quite easily,” he says, “but with the ETFs, they can gain access to a diversified portfolio in a single trade. Also [ETFs] offer excellent liquidity, which often the underlying bonds cannot. “During the credit crisis of 2008, for example, the US bond ETFs traded through the volatility, while it was difficult for people at the same time to price the underlying bond.”
|Source: ETF Radar Magazine|
|Asia ETP News|
|Growth in East Asia Pacific Likely to Moderate But Still Remain Solid, Says World Bank Report|
|Region urged to stay the course on structural reform and macroeconomic management
October 5, 2015--East Asia remains one of the main growth drivers of the world economy, accounting for nearly two-fifths of global economic growth, according to a new World Bank report.
|South Asia Grows Strongly but Fiscal, Financial Weaknesses Remain|
|October 4, 2015--Economic growth expected to accelerate to 7.4 percent in 2016 from 7 percent in 2015
October 4, 2015--Led by a resilient India, South Asia is expected to maintain its lead as the fastest-growing region in the world, with economic growth forecasted to accelerate from 7 percent in 2015 to 7.4 percent in 2016, a World Bank report said.
|Chinese stocks log worst quarter since the financial crisis|
|September 30, 2015--Asian markets on Wednesday logged one of their worst quarters since the global financial crisis, with the double threat of higher interest rates in the U.S. and China's slowdown unlikely to ease heading into October.|
|IMF-Australia: Selected Issues|
|September 30, 2015--House prices in Australia have increased strongly over the past two decades, including by comparison internationally. Thus house prices are often argued to be overvalued. Many counter-arguments have been put forward for why such measures are flawed.|
|Momentum on reforms, inclusive growth can make India the growth engine for global economy, says World Bank Managing Director|
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|Asia-Pacific: Feeling the Pinch from Lower Commodity Prices|
|September 23, 2015--Lower commodity prices are hurting revenues in resource-rich Asia-Pacific countries|
|ADB-Update to Asian Development Outlook 2015 Update|
|September 22, 2015--Growth in developing Asia faced strong headwinds in the first half of 2015. Regional growth is forecast to slow from 6.2% in 2014 to 5.8% in 2015, with a slight rebound to 6.0% in 2016.|