Asset Management Awards for Excellence 2022 – Best Fund Provider – Equity ETF

Best Fund Provider Equity ETF



Best Fund Provider – Equity ETF

Rimmo Jolly

head of iShares Asia Pacific

“iShares offers the greatest breadth of ETF products to private banks in Asia, allowing us to cater to a broad range of clients as they aspire to build low-cost, efficient investment portfolios. iShares ETFs offer clients the opportunity to invest in exposures including global fixed income, sustainability, factors and thematics/global megatrends, as well as China’s local equity and fixed income markets.
We believe our consistent approach to training and education in the region sets us apart from other ETF providers, allowing us to reach more investors to create more long-term prosperity. In addition, value-add services, such as ETF trading guidance, risk analysis, and our portfolio construction expertise, allow us to have in-depth discussions with clients.

We look forward to helping our clients evolve their investment offerings in 2022, whether that be through fixed income, sustainable investing, factor and thematic investing, or providing more robust asset allocation solutions.”


As investors hunt for yield in the equity market in view of low bond returns, the ability to capture upside with cost efficiency has led ETFs to become a fixture in Asian private clients’ portfolios across different themes. As a household name in ETFs, iShares by BlackRock gathered record inflows from private banks across Asia despite volatility in markets such as Hong Kong and mainland China.
Thanks to a diversified shelf of ETFs — spanning from index trackers to themes of automation and sustainability — iShares achieved tremendous success in 2021, recording over US$2.5 billion in private banking inflows, with 75% generated from the equity line of business.

Among the index trackers, the iShares Hang Seng TECH ETF crossed the US$1 billion AUM mark in May 2021, eight months after the fund’s launch. By the end of September, the fund was onboarded by over 20 private banks, whose clients are contributing 40% of the overall AUM.

Despite China tech equities being hit by waves of regulatory clampdowns over the past 12 months, iShares has seen investors in Asia buying on the dips with US$489 million inflows into its Hang Seng TECH ETF throughout the 2Q21 and 3Q21 in order to top up their underweight positions in the Chinese tech companies that are expected to be the primary drivers of the country’s economic growth.

The strong inflows into the fund demonstrated iShares’ leading position in the market as it became the biggest Hang Seng Tech ETF in only a matter of months after launch, trumping its competitors with lower fees and a smaller tracking error.

iShares is Asian Private Banker’s Best Fund Provider – Equity ETF.

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