Asset Management: Evolution or Revolution?

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As new technology expands the options investors have for selecting the right investment, will the asset management industry undergo evolution or revolution?

While the means of financial access and investment change, what doesn’t change is trust, Angie Lin, President and Co-Founder of FinEx Asia explained. Technology allows us to increase the transparency and convenience of the way investors access products, but it doesn’t change the fundamental value of asset management, Angie said, speaking at the recent 13th Brunei Darussalam Roundtable in Bandar Seri Begawan, hosted by Asia Asset Management.

Technology can bridge the gap between two human beings, which is the most fundamental way that fintech is changing asset management, Angie said. Where before, investors had to rely on a small group of fund managers they knew personally, technology can now connect investors with funds and investments around the world and still create the required trust by providing a higher level of information, she added. Investor behavior has already changed, but the question is, how quickly will the asset management industry change in response.

The event was opened by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam. The Head of Digital Nation Division for Brunei’s Ministry of Energy and Industry, Pg Dr Adrian Pg Hj Salleh AB Rahaman, spoke about the country’s roadmap to transition to a digital economy, while Noorsurainah Tengah, Head of Absolute Return & Commodities at the Brunei Investment Agency discussed the opportunities and challenges for fintech and blockchain in Brunei.

Now it’s 13th year, the roundtable brings together the leading figures from Brunei’s government and investment sector, as well investment and fintech experts from around Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Angie spoke on a panel with Alan Inn, Managing Director and Regional Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management at CGS-CIMB Securities Group and S K Selvan, Director Multi-Asset Strategies for Lion Global Investors, moderated by Tan Lee Hock, Founder and publisher of Asia Asset Management.

The panel covered the challenges faced by the asset management industry in embracing a digital environment, how fund managers are using AI and machine learning, the importance of Big Data and its usage, the role of robo advisors in online distribution, new products or investment strategies and the shape of the landscape in the next 5 – 10 years.

FinEX Asia’s AI-powered asset management platform places us at the heart of the new wave of asset management, as we connect investors with the right assets for their risk and investment needs. All while selecting the best-returning assets based on strong technology and risk framework.

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