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MarketAxess Makes Big Push for Asia

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New York-based MarketAxess Holdings Inc., a market data provider and operator of an electronic trading platform for fixed-income securities, enhanced their platform to trade local currency Asian bonds. Platform participants can now trade in Singapore dollar, Thai baht and Indonesian rupiah. Price discovery, identifying credible counterparties and lower trading costs in fixed income are high priorities for institutional investor such as sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and large Chinese insurers. High-yield bond investors continue to navigate an unsettled credit market, looking for price discovery. In December, the company opened a Hong Kong office, alongside its first Asian office in Singapore. MarketAxess has embarked to recruit local talent and invest in more relationships in the Asia-Pacific corridor.

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Ping An Good Doctor Lures Big Public Asset Owners

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Ping An Good Doctor, formerly known as Ping An HealthCare and Technology Company, is a Chinese online healthcare platform that is part of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company. This unit is planning to be offered in a Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise as much as 8.8 billion HKD in shares at 50.80 or 54.80 HKD per share.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek and Schneider Electric Eye L&T Electrical Unit

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and France-based Schneider Electric are in talks to acquire Larsen & Tourbo’s electrical and automation business. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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CalPERS Allocates $1 Billion Internally to a Global ESG Strategy

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In February 2018, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) allocated US$ 1 billion to an internally-managed QSI Global ESG strategy. The internally-managed strategy was developed by New York-based QS Investors, LLC, a subsidiary of Legg Mason. CalPERS entered into a 5-year contract with QS Investors, with a possible spend of over US$ 1 million per annum.

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