Business and Investment Opportunities in Asia

According to IMF, in growth terms, Asia is very much at the forefront of the global economy, accounting for more than 60 percent of world growth and projected to grow at 5.4 percent in 2019. China and India continue to lead the charge. Booming economies like Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are increasingly investment magnets. Asia is also at the forefront of digitalization, which promises a radical transformation of the global economy, while at the same time threatening substantial disruptions and dislocation. This session gathers a team of experts from various Asian markets and industries to shed light on the growth trajectory, market trends, portfolio risks, returns and opportunities for investors into 2019 and beyond.

Investor Showcase

Investors will meet and hear directly from established funds, fast growing and blockchain companies about their strategies, performances, returns and opportunities. Presented in 8 minute segments, this session presents concise information for investment decisions. You are invited to further engage the Showcase Companies’ executives at their showcase tables.

Africa Outlook and Investment Opportunities

Advancements in emerging technologies such as battery and electric/hybrid automotive are driving increasing demand for resources from Africa. According to S&P Global forecast 2030 vs. 2016, the demand is expected to reach an additional 18% for copper, 56% for nickel and 314,000 tonnes of cobalt. In addition to the rise of specialist funds providing financing and investment opportunities to resource companies, the buoyant commodity prices have also triggered increased investor confidence, significant deal appetite, interest in private-public-partnerships, demand for quality assets and economic growth in many African markets. However political instability, lack of infrastructure, immature capital markets and bankability of investment projects remains major stumbling blocks. How can these challenges be overcome? Why does Africa remain ripe for investment? Where are the real returns in Africa? How can Africa fit within an investment portfolio?

Family Office and Wealth Management for the Affluents

Many family businesses turn to family offices as a structured way to separate the management of the family’s personal wealth, maximise financial interests and investments, reduce complexity and handle the family’s daily affairs across multiple generations. Single family and multi-family offices are commonly used to preserve and grow family wealth and assets in US and the Europe. The demand for family offices will also increase as the number of UHNW families rise in emerging markets. This session brings together a team of experts from family businesses and single and multi-family offices to share insights on the journey from family business to family office, and how and where they are investing family wealth.

Real Estate Trends and Returns

After falling by a third during the financial crisis a decade ago, U.S. house prices have mostly recovered all their losses, rising at more than double the rate of inflation and wages over the last five years. However, the US house price growth is expected to decrease significantly due to the expected slowing economy.

Globally, real estate remains an asset class of choice to generate, accumulate and preserve wealth. The combination of above average global economic growth, steady inflation, aging populations, unprecedented volatility and uncertainty in other asset classes created a favorable environment for real estate investing globally. What are the global real estate trends and opportunities moving forward into 2019? Where are the returns in familiar markets like UK, Australia and Asia? How is the outlook in US? How can you use real estate to build your wealth? This session features a panel of experts from real estate services, real estate investment trusts, banking and private equity.

FinTech, Blockchain and Digital Assets

FinTech and blockchain has major potentials for the finance and investment industry. Blockchain technology alone has been identified to have major applications in finance, investments and other industries including aviation and data security. Despite the recent setbacks in cryptocurrency, blockchain technology attracts an increasing interest from many central banks and financial institutions as it has been identified that it might improve the security and efficiency of the financial system. Furthermore, recent issuance of digital assets, unlike in the past, are backed by assets such as real estates, securities or commodities. Many also view that, in the longer term, the increasing regulation in this area will instead propel the adoption of blockchain and blockchain’s type of capital raising (i.e. digital assets issuance), as it will weed out the improper practice of digital assets issuance and also give clarity for investors. What does the global digital asset landscape look like? Where are the emerging trends, disruptions, risks and opportunities? How do digital assets fit in the investment portfolio? What are the opportunities for blockchain beyond capital market and digital assets?