Asia ETF Forum

The Asia ETF Forum is an exclusive series of events taking place across the region designed to bring together combined knowledge and expertise from the ETF ecosystem: institutional investors, intermediaries, as well as ETF issuers, distributors and market makers.

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Asia ETF Forum

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Asia's premier ETF event connecting six cities

For the third year running, Asia ETF Forum – an exclusive series of events spanning six cities across Asia – once again brings together a group of ETF experts including institutional investors, intermediaries, ETF issuers, distributors and market makers to share knowledge, discuss market trends and explore ways to enhance portfolio returns.

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Asia is fast moving to the centre stage of the global Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) market, with the region’s number of ETF listed accounting for 22% of the world’s total1. The growing trend in Asia’s investment in ETFs is set to persist, as 72% of intuitional investors surveyed at last year’s forum intended to increase allocation to ETFs in the next 12 months2.

Beyond Asia, ETFs attracted US$ 516.1 billion of inflows globally last year, the second-highest on record3. With a multitude of benefits such as increasing product diversity, high liquidity, convenience and low cost, ETFs are becoming a mainstream investment worldwide. Are you taking advantage of ETFs?

Besides giving actionable advice on ETF investing, in this year’s forum we will:

  • Uncover investment opportunities in Asia: How policy divergence and geopolitical uncertainties shape the Asian financial market? How to optimize asset allocation strategies in a rising rate environment?
  • Demystify ETF liquidity: How to assess ETF liquidity efficiently? What tools ETF insiders use to gauge liquidity?
  • Look beyond Total Expense Ratio: What are the hidden costs of ETF investing? What are the best practices in executing ETF transactions?
  • Investigate factor investing: What are the latest trends in factor investing? How are factors used to construct portfolios and mitigate risks?

 

1 Research Paper on Hong Kong ETF Market and Topical Issues in the ETF Space – Securities and Futures Commission
2 Asia ETF Forum survey conducted in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore and Tokyo between 17 April and 27 September 2018 with over 275 responses.
3 ETF growth sputters after markets' 'rocky ride' in 2018 – Financial Times

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Sebastian Born

Institutional ETF Trader

FLOW TRADERS

Sebastian Born works as an Institutional Trader at Flow Traders in Hong Kong, a global liquidity provider specialized in Exchange Traded Products. He is looking after its institutional counterparties in Hong Kong. Prior to Flow Traders Hong Kong, Sebastian was working at Flow Traders’ headquarters in Europe in a similar role. He holds a MSc in Mathematics from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Flow Traders is one of the largest ETF market makers in the World. More than 100 traders proud themselves with providing liquidity and highly competitive 2-way risk or NAV markets in more than 6500 ETF listings globally. On and off exchange the firm covers ETFs from all major issuers, listed on all relevant exchanges and of all asset classes. Flow Traders has frequently been named ETF Market Maker Asia-Pacific and Europe at the Global ETF Awards.

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Ken Han

Institutional ETF Trader

FLOW TRADERS

Ken is responsible for the relations with external counterparties and institutional investors across the region. He is responsible for pricing global ETFs directly to institutional investors of all sizes across Asia.

Prior to joining Flow Traders, Ken has held roles in Singapore and Hong Kong at a global investment bank, providing banking solutions to Financial Institutions across Asia.

Flow Traders is one of the largest ETF market makers in the World. More than 100 traders proud themselves with providing liquidity and highly competitive 2-way risk or NAV markets in more than 5500 ETF listings globally. On and off exchange the firm covers ETFs from all major issuers, listed on all relevant exchanges and of all asset classes. Flow Traders has frequently been named ETF Market Maker Asia-Pacific and Europe at the Global ETF Awards.

 

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Heejung Kim

Institutional ETF Trader

FLOW TRADERS

Heejung Kim joined Flow Traders in 2017. As part of its institutional ETF trading team based in Singapore, Heejung is responsible for the relations with external counterparties and institutional investors across the APAC region, pricing globally listed ETFs in all asset classes. Prior to joining Flow Traders, Heejung worked at Deutsche Bank in London, managing the sales of its physical, swap and futures based ETFs / ETCs to institutional investors in Europe. Heejung holds a bachelor's degree in Financial Economics from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Flow Traders is one of the largest ETF market makers in the World. More than 100 traders proud themselves with providing liquidity and highly competitive 2-way risk or NAV markets in more than 5500 ETF listings globally. On and off exchange the firm covers ETFs from all major issuers, listed on all relevant exchanges and of all asset classes. Flow Traders has frequently been named ETF Market Maker Asia-Pacific and Europe at the Global ETF Awards. 

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Viktor Östebo

Head of Institutional ETF Trading

FLOW TRADERS

Viktor Östebo joined Flow Traders in 2011 and relocated to its office in Singapore in 2016. He is heading the firms Institutional Trading desk that is responsible for the relations with external counterparties and institutional investors across the region. Before relocating from Amsterdam to Singapore he spent the last five years pricing ETFs of all asset classes and from all issuers to institutional investors of all sizes across Europe.

Flow Traders is one of the largest ETF market makers in the World. More than 100 traders proud themselves with providing liquidity and highly competitive 2-way risk or NAV markets in more than 6500 ETF listings globally. On and off exchange the firm covers ETFs from all major issuers, listed on all relevant exchanges and of all asset classes. Flow Traders has frequently been named ETF Market Maker Asia-Pacific and Europe at the Global ETF Awards.

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Chris Pigott

Head of Hong Kong ETF Services

BROWN BROTHERS HARRIMAN

Chris Pigott is the Head of Hong Kong ETF Services at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) and responsible for ETF business development in Hong Kong. In addition, he manages Investor Services relationships throughout Asia. He began his career with BBH in 2005 in the Boston office.
In 2014, Mr. Pigott was relocated to Hong Kong and was appointed as the Head of Greater China Service Delivery with responsibility for overseeing the Transfer Agency, Client Service, and the Global Tax functions in Hong Kong as well as Client Service in Beijing.

Prior to joining BBH's Hong Kong office, Mr. Pigott held various leadership roles within the Client Service Group in Boston focusing on developing the Firm's global service model and servicing cross border funds distributed in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Pigott holds a B.A. degree in Business Management from Eckerd College and received an MBA from The University of Rhode Island.

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Brian Roberts

Senior Vice President, Head of Exchange Traded Products

HKEX

As Senior Vice President and Head of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), Brian Roberts is responsible for the development and management of HKEX’s exchange traded funds (ETFs) and leveraged and inverse (L&I) products, focusing on market development, client engagement and investor education. 

Brian joined in 2015 and brings over 10 years of ETF development and leadership experience to HKEX. Prior to HKEX, Brian was at Vanguard, where he was most recently Head of ETF Product Development Asia, focusing on developing their global ETF business. 

Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.   

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Takeki Yamada

Institutional ETF Trader

FLOW TRADERS

Takeki Yamada joined Flow Traders Asia in 2017. On the Institutional ETF Trading desk, he is responsible for the relations with external counterparties and institutional investors across the Asia region where he provides liquidity for globally listed ETFs in all asset classes. Prior to that, he started his career in Tokyo as a sales trader at Nomura Securities in 2010, covering Japanese institutional investors. In 2014 he was relocated to Instinet Europe based London where he covered European and US institutional investors for European and global equities. He has a master's degree in Information Science and Technology at Hokkaido University.