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Braving the storms: Asia

Singapore Investment management success stories from 2021 Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award winners

In any given year, outperforming the market is a monumental feat, yet for 2020, Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award winners deserve additional commendation for their decision-making and ability to navigate the financial markets during a severe market downturn.

The ensuing report highlights the strategies, experiences and views of this year’s Singapore’s Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award winners — as described by the on-the-ground executives responsible for these achievements. Its aim is not merely to reward winning fund management companies (FMCs), but also to provide strategic insights for their peers from both Singapore’s fund management industry and the wider financial services community. 

As an offshore funds hub at the heart of the Asia Pacific region, Singapore is in a somewhat unique position. Unlike markets such as China, Japan, ASEAN ex-Singapore, or India where there is a strong bias for domestic asset classes, the Lion City’s fund managers prefer global themes. While this allows for a vast array of investment opportunities, it also exposes the island-nation to ensuing global risks.

Currently, there are about 3,500 offshore funds available for sale in Singapore from more than 250 global asset managers. Not only is the city-state a global hub to raise capital, it is also an ideal location from which to deploy money across various markets in the region. Given its size and importance within the region’s fund scene, these factors further underscore the achievements of this year’s Singapore award winners.

Chapters

What the Asia Funds 2021 report contains

Chapter 1

How portfolio resilience helped winning managers navigate severe market volatility while delivering alpha?

Chapter 2

What measures can help protect firms against market and operational disruption caused by crises?

Chapter 3

The active and passive strategies trends in Singapore and Asia.

Chapter 4

What the road ahead looks like for sustainable investing, ESG and Singapore’s funds industry?

The winners of the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards for Singapore 2021 deserve recognition for their exceptional work in mitigating substantial risks while delivering superior returns.

About the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards

The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards reflect a truly independent and uncompromised assessment of performance in over 17 countries worldwide. Our legacy is underpinned by Refinitiv Lipper's acclaimed fund data and proprietary quantitative methodology.

Winners have excelled in providing consistently strong, risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers. Individual classifications of 3, 5, and 10-year periods, as well as fund families with high average scores for the three-year period, are also recognized. The merit of the winners is based entirely on objective, quantitative criteria. Proprietary methodology is the foundation of the Award qualification. This, coupled with the unmatched depth of fund data, results in a unique level of prestige, and ensures the award has lasting value.