Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM) won a trio of awards as part of The Asset Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards 2022. On 14 July, Nikko AM was recognised as both Best ETF Provider, Japan and Best ETF Provider, Singapore, and followed up on 25 July with Asset Management Company of the Year, Japan.
The Asset, an influential industry publication about the asset management industry in Asia, selected the winners for each category looking at the period of 1 January to 31 December 2021 across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
This marks the first time Nikko AM was chosen as Asset Management Company of the Year, Japan. The category evaluates asset managers based on their comprehensive platform servicing the needs of institutional, corporate and retail clients, as well as performance, innovation, ESG integration and other factors. Nikko AM's Japan investment trust assets under management (AUM) grew 8.5% year on year in yen terms, driven by in-house investment teams in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, London, New York and Auckland, together with external managers, to meet the needs of Japanese and global clients. The firm also launched new products, including the fund with the third largest launch AUM in Japan ever1,2
, along with funds with ESG elements such as companies involved in the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen2, and companies contributing to China decarbonization2. In corporate sustainability Nikko AM set a target to have at least 30% of managerial roles held by women by 2030, and revamped its environmental policy.
For the exchange traded fund (ETF) awards, The Asset looked at the scope of candidates' ETF business, flagship and other ETFs and supporting services, leadership, performance, partnerships, client engagement and other new initiatives. Nikko AM claims the spot of Best ETF Provider, Japan for a third consecutive year, growing Japan ETF AUM by 13.1% year on year, holding a 20% share of all ETFs on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as of 31 December 2021. During the award period, the firm leveraged its strength as a global asset manager as teams in Japan and Singapore collaborated to make a number of Singapore ETFs available to investors in Japan, and then collaborated with Japanese distributors to promote them.
Nikko AM also took home Best ETF Provider, Singapore for the first time, growing its Singapore ETF AUM by almost 11% year on year. In addition to the above collaboration with Nikko AM in Japan, the Singapore team also registered its first ETF in Korea, tapping into new markets. The firm also laid the groundwork for a new ETF with partner Straits Trading Company and developed a new index with MSCI3. Nikko AM also established a dedicated ETF sales team in Singapore to help bridge the gap between key stakeholders (retail and institutional investors, ETF distributors, market makers etc.) and the firm's suite of ETF products, and conducted over 60 webinars and seminars to educate investors on Nikko AM ETFs and ETFs in general.
For the background and decision making process of the awards please visit the award website. https://www.theasset.com/awards-single/asset-servicing-investor-fund-management
1Global Exponential Innovation Fund, AUM JPY286.06 billion on launch date of 26 April, third largest ever according to QUICK Money World, 26 April.
2These funds are not authorised by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, and hence are not available to Hong Kong retail investors. These funds are not registered for sale in Singapore.
3The ETF went on to list in Singapore in January 2022, after the award period.
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|Purchase Application Fees:
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||Up to 1.1% (1.0% before tax)
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