Asset Management Awards for Excellence 2017 – Best Fund Provider – Liquid Alternative


Joanne Kwek Sales Director

Joanne Kwek
Sales Director

The gravity of increasingly depressed global benchmark returns on traditional longonly managers is driving the need for new solutions. In the past three years, the MSCI World posted +5.50%, -0.32% and +8.15%, respectively. Though moderated, Asian HNWIs’ return expectations remain demanding and merely beating benchmarks in certain years will not be sufficient.

This need for outcome-oriented solutions, especially with regards to yield, has driven the demand for hedge fund strategies, but concerns regarding transparency and risk have fuelled the growth of liquid alternatives vis-à-vis traditional predecessors. According to industry estimates, alternative UCITS assets have grown 26% CAGR compared to 8% and 10% CAGR for broader hedge fund assets and the wider UCITS universe, respectively.

With nearly US$203 billion in AUM and 600 employees globally, Nordea has emerged as a distinguished liquid alternative manager in Asia. Its worldwide business spans across 300 fund distributors including 25 global wealth managers, providing it with abundant experience in servicing leading private banks. Regional fund selectors agree, naming Nordea as this year’s Best Fund Provider – Liquid Alternative.