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HSBC Global Asset Management
First Half 2020 Business Update
CEO, HSBC Global Asset Management
We are transforming
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have changed the way we operate. Economies have been shocked in an unprecedented way, while government measures to suppress the virus have had profound implications for investment decision making. Despite downside risks, our core scenario remains that we will see a ‘swoosh’ shape to the global recovery – a sharp rebound in the near-term followed by a more gradual growth trajectory. As the economic restart progresses, macro data is improving. The pace of recovery remains uncertain, especially beyond Q3, and there are challenges around the quantity and the quality of growth.
The crisis has also accelerated a permanent shift in working practices and consumer behaviours. Like other global businesses, we have had to implement and develop our business continuity plans to ensure our operations continue to run smoothly and our client servicing remains uninterrupted. For our employees across the globe, we continue to promote flexible working, supported by our secure technology infrastructure.
Highlights – Business performance and transformation
*Alternatives assets include USD4 billion from committed capital ('dry powder').
**Others refer to the assets of Hang Seng Bank, in which HSBC has a majority holding, and of HSBC Jintrust Fund Management, a joint venture between HSBC Global Asset Management and Shanxi Trust Corporation Limited.
Source: HSBC Global Asset Management as at 30 June 2020. Any differences are due to rounding.
Our vision is to become a core solutions and specialist Emerging Markets, Asia and Alternatives focused asset manager with client centricity, investment excellence and sustainable investing being the key proponents of our strategy. And here’s where we have arrived so far:
Established a market competitive, client-centric operational model to deliver high quality pre-sales, sales and post-sales service to our clients. By changing our distribution model to operate with a global approach with the Institutional and Wholesale client businesses, we can better take responsibility for all aspects of client coverage
Enhanced our capabilities while expanding the range of instruments in which we invest, to achieve investment excellence and innovation. We have taken steps to enable a ‘multi-process strategy’ within investment platforms, allowing us to be more performance-focused and outcome-orientated
Continued to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in our investment process and deliver innovative solutions to generate sustainable, long-term returns for our investors to meet their sustainable investment objectives and support the sustainable development goals
Created a single global operating model called ‘Global Markets’ (US, UK, France, Germany and Hong Kong) to provide a consistent service for our multi geography clients
Further developed our offshore ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Bangalore
Launched our LinkedIn channel as an additional medium to communicate with our clients
We have an active role in enabling global investors mitigate the risks that ESG factors can have on their portfolios.
During the first half of 2020, we saw the close of our Real Economy Green Investment GEM Bond strategy, which raised USD474 million1 of new financing to support climate risk-mitigation investments across emerging markets.
In addition, a group of major French institutional investors awarded its first Climate Ambition Fixed Income mandate to us after an intensive selection process. This mandate of EUR125 million2 will be managed by our European Fixed Income team in Paris.
Passive investing has been at the heart of our business strategy since 1988.
With this strong heritage we have strengthened the ETF team to develop our capability to react better to the market and client demand.
In the first half of 2020, we launched three new Sustainable Equity ETFs covering Europe, Japan and the US markets. These ETFs are designed to take a step beyond traditional sustainable ETF solutions. Later in the year, three more sustainable ETFs will be launched to include the developed world, emerging markets and Asia Pacific ex-Japan.
We continue to bring the world to Asia and Asia to the rest of the world.
In Hong Kong, we successfully launched our US income focused strategy in January for retail investors to capture the US growth potential.
Six bond and equity index funds were launched on HSBC Hong Kong’s new mobile service FlexInvest.
We launched three Northbound Mutual Recognition of Funds in the second quarter, providing mainland Chinese investors with a range of Asian fixed income funds with different risk profiles and investment preferences.
We accelerated domestic wealth growth via our joint venture in mainland China and increased retail flows through product innovation, partnering with third party distributors and online platforms, and strengthening our cross-border capabilities.
In a world of uncertainty, low interest rates and high asset correlation, investors are increasingly looking at new areas for yield enhancement and diversification.
To help meet these requirements, we are pleased to be launching a UK Senior Direct Lending strategy for institutional investors in the second half of this year, which will be managed by the Private Debt Investments team, and target loans originated by HSBC UK, the leading lender to sponsor backed middle-market companies in the UK.
Furthermore, building on our expertise in infrastructure debt, we will be launching two new infrastructure debt funds in 2020 (investment grade and high yield) to meet client demand across Europe, Asia and America.
Reinforced by our strong client base, our alternative assets under management reached approximately USD32 billion6 as at end June 2020.
As part of our ambition to grow our investment capabilities in alternatives, HSBC Bank’s Principal Investments and Alternative Investments Group is merging with our Alternatives Private Markets business (subject to completion of relevant due diligence and approval from regulators). This will position us as one of the largest investors in private markets funds globally, enabling us to rapidly develop investment solutions to serve our clients.
We have a competitive liquidity franchise and will continue to build leadership in liquidity. As at end June 2020, we have recorded a 20 per cent increase in liquidity AUM year-to-date.
We will continue to build on the momentum that has been created by our strategic business objectives, and prioritise the growth initiatives which we believe will underpin our success in the future. This includes building our direct investment capabilities in alternatives, growing our Asia and China franchises, and providing investors with both active and passive sustainable investment solutions.
We have the full support of the HSBC Group to enable us to build a business that is stronger, more client centric and ultimately more successful. As we continue to monitor the developments relating to the pandemic, our priority remains the wellbeing of our clients and employees and ensuring that we meet your evolving investment needs.
1 Source: HSBC Global Asset Management, data as at May 2020. 2 Source: HSBC Global Asset Management, data as at June 2020. 3 Award issued by MoneyAge, 23 April 2020. 4 Source: HSBC Global Asset Management, data as at January 2020. 5 Award issued by Asia Asset Management, 17 January 2020. 6 Alternatives assets include USD4 billion from committed capital ('dry powder'). Source: HSBC Global Asset Management as at 30 June 2020. Any differences are due to rounding. 7 Award issued by MoneyAge, 23 April 2020. 8 Award issued by HFM, 8 July 2020, based on product performance and qualitative factors as at March 2020.
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