Affin Hwang AM Launches Renminbi (RMB) Bond Fund
KUALA LUMPUR – Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad (“Affin Hwang AM” or “the Company”) announced today the launch of Affin Hwang Renminbi (RMB) Bond Fund (“the Fund). The Fund is a wholesale income fund that provides access to opportunities in China’s fixed income market including government and corporate bonds.

To achieve its investment objective, the Fund will invest a minimum of 70% of the Fund’s net asset value (NAV) in bonds and a maximum of 30% of the Fund’s NAV into money market instruments and deposits.

Chan Ai Mei, Chief Marketing & Distribution Officer of Affin Hwang AM said, “Against a low interest rate environment, China's bond market provide investors a highly attractive level of yield as well as potential upside price appreciation due to its strong fundamentals. The size of its domestic bond market which has grown steadily in size to become the second largest in the world today has also become too large for investors to ignore anymore as part of a global portfolio.”

“Ongoing liberalisation measures such as the Bond Connect and China Interbank Bond Market (CIBM Direct) has contributed to a deep bond market with a breadth of issuances spanning different sectors, sizes and credit ratings. Its inclusion into global indices also increases foreign investments into China’s onshore bonds and will lead to more inflows,” Ai Mei said.

On the outlook for China bonds, Esther Teo, Senior Director of Fixed Income, Affin Hwang AM said, “"First-in-first-out to emerge from the pandemic, China is seen leading the recovery globally and is staging the strongest growth post-COVID-19 amidst an accelerated restart. China reported a 2.3% GDP growth rate in 2020 and was the only major economy to avoid contraction due to COVID-19 shocks. The country's strong outperformance backed by a stable currency will underpin demand for renminbi denominated bonds."

“As an asset class, China bonds exhibit a low correlation compared to other fixed income markets which makes it ideal as an option for diversification. Structurally, China’s gradual shift towards becoming more domestic focused and consumer driven provides a positive backdrop for more sustainable and quality growth,” Esther Teo said.

Through a robust credit selection process that incorporates fundamentals, valuation and technical analysis, the Fund will seek to generate positive yield by investing in high quality issuers including government bonds, central government backed and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as policy banks as well as high quality corporate issues.

The Fund is suitable for Sophisticated Investors who seek regular income distribution, have a medium to long-term investment horizon and have a low to medium risk tolerance. The Base Currency of the Fund is in RMB. The Fund is offered in two (2) currency classes, namely RMB and MYR. The minimum investment amount is $5,000 for all listed currency classes.

Investors are advised to read and understand the contents of the Fund’s Product Highlights Sheet and Information Memorandum dated 25 May 2021 before investing. Investors who are keen to learn more about the Fund can visit and invest through any of Affin Hwang AM sales offices.

– End of Press Release –

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Managing Director
Teng Chee Wai is the founder of Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad (Affin Hwang AM). Over the past decade, he has built the Company to be the fastest growing and only independent investment management house in Malaysia’s top three, with an excess of RM47 billion in assets under management as at 31 December 2018.​

​In his capacity as Managing Director / Executive Director, Teng manages the overall business and strategic direction as well as the management of the investment team. His hands-on approach sees him actively involved in investments, product development and marketing. Teng’s critical leadership and regular participation in reviewing and assessing strategies and performance has been pivotal in allowing the Company to successfully navigate the economically turbulent decade.

Teng’s investment management experience spans more than 20 years, and his key area of expertise is in managing absolute return mandates for insurance assets and investment-linked funds in both Singapore and Malaysia. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Assistant General Manager (Investment) of Overseas Assurance Corporation (OAC) and was responsible for the investment function of the Group Overseas Assurance Corporation Ltd.​

​Teng began his career in the financial industry as an Investment Manager with NTUC Income, Singapore. He is a Bachelor of Science graduate from the National University of Singapore and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Studies from City University in London.
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