Nikko Asset Management Recognised as Best Asia Pacific Equity ETF Manager

Press Release

13 March 2017

Nikko Asset Management today announces that it has been voted the Best Asia Pacific Equity ETF Manager for the seventh time in eight years in a survey conducted by ETF Express, the digital news publisher serving institutional investors and investment advisers. The firm has been the most consistent ETF Express winner in any category, with more than 1,600 ETF Express subscribers taking part in the survey annually.

Nikko Asset Management's ETF business grew assets under management (AUM) to over JPY 4 trillion by December 2016, representing 29% year-over-year growth from JPY 3.1 trillion at the end of 2015. The firm's ETF business is ranked number two in Asia for AUM, and it is also one of the few investment managers that can provide a full range of ETF products across all major asset classes in Japan - Japanese equities, foreign equities, Japanese REITs and foreign REITs. Of the 11 new ETFs listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2016, three were from Nikko Asset Management, more than any other investment manager.

In March 2017 the company launched apan's first equity long-short strategy ETF, the Listed Index Fund MSCI Japan Equity High Dividend Low Volatility (Beta Hedged) *. The ETF invests in an equity portfolio made up of high dividend yield Japanese equities that minimise volatility while also taking short positions on futures (beta hedging) in order to minimise price sensitivity (beta) to volatility in the overall market.

"The increase in geopolitical risk in 2016 continues to influence markets globally. As a result, many institutional and retail investors are looking to minimise exposure to volatility. We have broadened and will continue to expand our ETF line-up to meet their needs," said Koei Imai, Head of the ETF Centre at Nikko Asset Management.

ETF Express surveys the best ETF managers in their respective asset classes, recognising managers based on product innovation, performance, consistency, expert knowledge and transparency. Results are centred on a peer review system that sees investors, managers, advisers and distributors and other industry participants nominate winners for each category. Firms are then subject to a final review by the ETF Express editorial team before the winners are named.

For more about Nikko AM's ETFs, please visit its ETF Centre.

This award is based on past performance and does not guarantee future investment performance.

About Nikko Asset Management

With USD203.9 billion* under management, Nikko Asset Management is one of Asia’s largest asset managers, providing high-conviction, active fund management across a range of equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative strategies. In addition, its complementary range of passive strategies covers more than 20 indices and includes some of Asia’s leading exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Headquartered in Asia since 1959, Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries employ personnel representing around 30 nationalities, including approximately 200 investment professionals**. The firm has a presence through subsidiaries or affiliates in a total of 11 countries and regions. More than 400 banks, brokers, financial advisors and life insurance companies around the world distribute the firm’s products.

The investment teams benefit from a unique global perspective complemented by the firm's historic Asian DNA, striving to deliver consistent excellence in performance. The firm also prides itself on its progressive, solution-driven approach, which has led to many innovative funds launched for its clients.

For more information about Nikko Asset Management and to access its investment insights, please visit the firm’s homepage.

* Consolidated assets under management and sub-advisory of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .
** Including employees of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .

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