Insights With Topics: Technology


IoT, or Internet of Things, has gradually become well-known to all as applications such as connected cars and smart home appliances gain popularity in the consumer space. As we have been advocating, enterprise digitalisation would be a game changing space to watch – and IIoT is one of the critical piece of it. In fact, IIoT is among the #NewInfrastructure agenda that was specifically mentioned as policy support priority in China. So what is IIoT? And why are the leaders resilient through and beyond COVID? In this piece, we will share the concept of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), the industry revolution in this space, and the implications to investors.


May 26, 2020


China is in the early stage of restarting its economy, and China A shares market has held up relatively well compared to other global equities markets amid the COVID. In particular, our Premia China New Economy strategy has been very resilient throughout the crisis with YTD NAV performance of 10.7% (in CNY, as of May 26th, 2020). It has been consistently seeing inflows over the past months and is also among the best performing broad market China A ETFs globally. In this webinar, our co-CIO David Lai shares first-hand insights on the post-COVID impact, policy developments, and capital market flows of the Chinese market. As China recovers from the pandemic, how shall investors watch out for opportunities from the post-COVID recoveries, policy supports and new norms?


May 26, 2020


We previously highlighted the gaming industry just after the coronavirus outbreak in Account of an atypical, tech-enabled CNY holiday. With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on globally and people spend more time at home social distancing, the gaming industry has shown greater potential of booming opportunities. The large demographic base of tech-savvy and mobile-first youths born in the digital era provided a strong head start for China, especially in eSports.


May 11, 2020


Some of you or your kids might have just started your animal crossing journey as the newest social activity amid the COVID lockdown. In fact, it was estimated that the global video game market generated over USD 150 billion in revenue by the end of 2019. Within video gaming, eSports, also known as Electronic Sports, which often takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions has evolved over the last decade, into a significant, professional industry already. Global revenue in esports is estimated to be over 1 billion US dollars, and China currently accounts for about 20% of it. In this mini-webinar, we hope to share with you the latest interest findings about the virtual land of video gaming, eSports, and live streaming in China!


May 8, 2020


The Chinese government recently launched a stimulus package around the idea of “New Infrastructure” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. What exactly does this new buzzword #NewInfrastructure entail? And more importantly, where do the investible opportunities lie beyond the tech giants Alibaba and Tencent?


Apr 17, 2020


As global asset prices have slumped on the back of the COVID-19 outbreak, concerns have arisen from supply chain disruptions to about global recession and a liquidity crisis. In this webinar, David Lai and Larry Kwok would discuss the lessons learned from the GFC, share our observations of some pandemic-led trends and implications, and suggest a few related investment ideas.


Apr 13, 2020


The coronavirus situation in China seems to have improved a lot, and now many are worried about what will happen as the factories get back on their feet. How's the progress so far?


Mar 10, 2020


As Asia deal with the challenges from the outbreak of coronavirus, one remarkable phenomenon is the massive behavioural change from offline to online across the billions population. In this webinar, we will share with you the key structural megatrends in Asia, how technology-enabled development is creating a more empowering, inclusive society, and how such blitzscaling opportunities can be captured in the form of our Asia Innovative Technology strategy.


Mar 3, 2020


On account of an atypical, tech-enabled start of the Year of the Rat, what are people doing during this very unusual Chinese New Year holiday period? While the roads are empty and quiet, we see extremely busy traffic online from social gathering and entertainment to post-holiday work arrangements all thanks to technology - which enabled an unconventional time of family reunion, and possibly fast-tracked development of enterprise digital transformation in the way.


Feb 3, 2020


2019 saw expensive asset classes get more expensive, a global yield back-up replaced by a yield rally, continued outperformance of DM over EM and Growth over Value (notwithstanding a few wobbles). As we approach 2020, we review market behavior during the last 12 months, the risk and opportunities going forward and make a few observations about trends that will dictate returns.


Dec 9, 2019


Investors like to conceptualize mega trends into investment themes, which fund managers use to identify strong companies based on top-down investment approaches with a focus on broader, macroeconomic themes. New investment themes always emerge from time to time, such as dot.com around the millennium, social media & robotics in the past decade, or sharing economy & artificial intelligence not long ago. What do they have in common? Technology! A sudden shift in technology would make transformative changes that redefine work processes, rewrite the rules of competitive economic advantage, and eventually the structural breakthrough will bring the potential output to the next level. That’s why market is interested to find out if 5G is a crucial investment theme.


Nov 5, 2019


Looking for a high conviction basket of Asia growth opportunities? We have a solution for you! Premia Asia Innovative Technology is a diversified, transparent, cost-efficient strategy capturing 50 Asia innovation leaders, and it is a basket of stocks favoured not only by analyst consensus but also many long-term investors including leading sovereign funds and private equity firms. Apart from the well-known BATJs, this vibrant region is also home to many other innovative companies such as the new e-commerce disruptor Pinduoduo and the photon technology evergreen Hamamatsu.


Sep 5, 2019


The World Economic Forum recently compiled the 2019 report of World’s Top Emerging Technologies. In this article, we will highlight 5 of the emerging technologies and share a few related examples of innovative companies in Asia. We see many Asian companies at the forefront of researching, developing and implementing world’s top emerging technologies. The global and regional megatrends such as aging population, growing middle class, green environment will also continue to drive technology advancements in order to enable more innovative and efficient solutions for the society.


Aug 19, 2019


3 of our ETFs recently went through their annual index rebalances. While investors focus mainly on fees and liquidity, the rebalancing and index methodology of ETFs are equally, if not more, important to the investor experience and returns. To that end, we’d like to highlight June’s rebalances and explain what investors can expect going forward.


Jul 13, 2019


The Global Mobile Communication Systems Association estimates that by the end of this year, 5G services will be available in 29 markets around the world, with 10 million connections. What is 5G and where do we see potential investment opportunities from this significant technology upgrade in Asia?


Jun 6, 2019


Nasdaq has made new highs and investors are understandably excited. Similarly, here in Asia we have seen innovative technology companies outperform YTD but with much less fanfare. David Lai explores the major megatrends in Asia and why you need to invest in tech leaders across this region.


May 3, 2019