Is there any cost of entry for the AMAs?
No. Fees are not required for entry or consideration.
If we only distribute products directly to end clients, should we still apply to the AMAs?
A core criterion of the AMAs is the strength of any one firm’s private banking/independent wealth management (PB/IWM) distribution capabilities in Asia. To that end, only asset managers who use PB/IWM firms as a distribution channel or have been onboarded on at least one PB/IWM firm’s product platform should apply.
We have a fund that hasn’t been launched yet in Asia, but soon will be. Is that fund still applicable for the ‘Best New Fund’ award?
We will only accept new funds that have already been launched and already have private banks as distribution channels. In the case of the 2024 AMAs, this category is applicable to funds launched since 1 July 2021.
Are repositioned funds applicable to the ‘Best New Fund’ award?
The Judging Panel will accept repositioned or rebranded funds on a case-by-case basis. If the majority of the fund’s holdings, team, or investment style/strategy differs from the original fund, we will very likely accept the repositioned fund’s submission.
According to your criteria, the fund that we would like to submit for an award falls under more than one category. Which category should we pick?
If your strategy meets the criteria for multiple categories, you are free to apply for all the categories that are applicable.
What do you define as a multi-asset strategy for the Multi-asset Solution award?
Multi-asset funds must hold at least two types of asset classes across equities, fixed income, and/or alternatives in order to be eligible. Funds whose core investment objective focuses on a single asset class will not be eligible even if derivative instruments are held for hedging purposes within the fund.
Is the information required on your submission sheet(s) region-specific?
Yes. All particulars for the category that you are applying for should be specific to private banks in the Asia Pacific region. You may submit additional data not specific to the APAC region to strengthen your pitch, but you will primarily be judged on your APAC-specific capabilities and business performance.
To what date should we submit our performance information?
Where available, please provide the 1-, 3-, and 5-year risk-adjusted performance for the funds (including benchmark performance, where applicable) that are relevant for the category you are applying for. If applicable, please specify if the relevant performance disclosure is compliant to GIPS standards.
In addition to the submission sheet, should we submit anything else to support our application? If so, what format should our supplementary documents be in?
The submission sheets are an absolute prerequisite for each award submission, but supporting materials are also highly encouraged. The supporting materials could include items like prospectuses, marketing brochures, investor reports and communiques, conference agendas, and/or custom presentation slides. We accept physical supporting documents as well as digital versions in PDF format.
There is certain information that we feel is too sensitive to share, even under a non-disclosure agreement. Will this affect our submission?
The assessment of each award category is based on three weighted criteria for which applicants will submit information, and one weighted criterion based on feedback from private banking fund selectors:
- Product performance
- Asset gathering
- Service competency/quality
- Fund selector feedback
Barring very special circumstances, information that is omitted from any criteria based on applicant-submitted information could negatively affect the scores for that category, insofar as it will limit our ability to make an informed decision.
We may not be able to participate in the pitch sessions, will this affect our evaluation?
The digital pitch sessions are held so that the Judging Panel can get an enhanced understanding of your firm and offering, and to discuss the finer points of your submission on a background basis. To that end, invited firms are highly encouraged to participate in the sessions, but the lack of participation will only negatively affect your score if there are deficiencies in your submitted information overall, insofar as it will limit our ability to make an informed decision.
Can we submit an application for the ‘House of the Year’ category?
Yes. Similar to the other categories, the ‘House of the Year’ category is based on applications. The Judging Panel understands that information submitted for the ‘House of the Year’ category may overlap with the submissions of other award categories – this is expected and acceptable.
Can we submit a single submission sheet for multiple categories?
No. Please submit a separate submission sheet for each category that you are applying for – even if there are significant information overlaps in each submission sheet.
We have different companies under our group that specialise in running different strategies. How should we submit for the awards?
Please submit details of the specific company that is relevant to the award you are applying for. For example, if your group has an equity-focused fund house and is applying for the Global Equity category, please provide details for that particular fund house, not the group.
What is being awarded? Our firm or our fund?
With the exception of the ‘Best New Fund’ (Equities, Fixed Income and Alternatives) and ‘Portfolio Manager of the Year’ awards, all categories are awarded at the firm level.
Are fund-of-funds eligible for the Awards?
No. Only single manager strategies are eligible.
Who are the fund selectors that you will be inviting to provide feedback?
For the sake of confidentiality, we will not be able to share the companies or the names of the individuals who will contribute to our fund selector feedback process. What we can share, however, is that these individuals are representative of the APAC private banking industry and have key roles in leading the managed investment platforms of their respective firms.
Why are the categories different from the previous year?
The selection of available categories are altered occasionally to maintain the quality of the AMA judging process. The categories listed in the Submission Guidelines this year are final and will not be considered for change until the next awards season.
Do the funds need to be registered / recognised funds in HK & SG?
All funds don’t necessarily have to be available to HK/Singapore investors as we normally ask for your overall (global) AUM distribution through PBs and/or your regional (Asia) distribution size. As this is an Asia-focused award, it requires applicants’ Asia business presence, and if not, your private banking distribution ability globally.