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Brokers Poll

Asiamoney Brokers Poll 2018 Methodology

Asiamoney’s 29th annual Brokers Poll is scheduled for launch on 4th June. We invite senior institutional investors from around the world to assess their sell-side banks and brokerage firms for Asian equities.

The detailed results will be published online in December; full and bespoke data are available for purchase and released in early November.

METHODOLOGY & CATEGORIES:

The poll features the following 16 geographic sections:

Regional (Asia ex-Australia & Japan) Korea
Australia Malaysia
China (A & B shares) Pakistan
China (H-shares, Red chips, P-shares) Philippines
Hong Kong (local, non-China) Singapore
India Taiwan
Indonesia Thailand
Japan Vietnam

1)  REGIONAL (ASIA EX-AUSTRALIA & JAPAN) SECTION

To qualify for the regional categories, firms, analysts and sales personnel need to receive votes from three or more sovereign countries/independent markets, where more than 40% of their votes come from investors based outside their home territory, to reflect that they are truly regional. For such purposes Hong Kong is not considered a sovereign country/independent market but an extension of the mainland China market. For example, for Chinese banks/brokers and their staff to be considered regional, more than 40% of their nominations for any particular category must originate from outside China and Hong Kong.

Regional Equity Sales

  • Best overall regional brokerages for sales services

  • Best regional sales people

  • Best regional sales traders

  • Best regional brokerages for execution

  • Overall regional research for Asia (ex Australia & Japan) as voted by most active traders*

  • Overall regional sales for Asia (ex Australia & Japan) as voted by most active traders*

* Asiamoney will tabulate ranks for these two categories using data from respondents:  who previously have passed Asiamoney Brokers Poll auditing in 2017; nominated several banks/brokers in both 2017 and 2018 Broker Polls; are featured in client lists from various banks/brokers; whose firms have over US$2 billion in annual trading volume; whose firms have over US$501 million in AUM.

Regional Equity Research

The sectors covered are those most widely invested in – please refer to the below classifications for industry definitions.

  • Strategist

  • Economist

  • Quantitative/technical analyst

  • Automobiles & components analyst

  • Banks analyst

  • Casinos analyst

  • Consumer discretionary analyst

  • Consumer staples analyst

  • Diversified financials analyst

  • Energy analyst

  • Healthcare analyst

  • Industrial (conglomerates/capital goods) analyst

  • Insurance analyst

  • Materials analyst

  • Real estate analyst

  • Semiconductors & semiconductor equipment analyst

  • Software, internet & service analyst

  • Technology hardware & equipment analyst

  • Telecommunication services analyst

  • Utilities analyst

  • Most independent research brokerage

2)  HEDGE FUND SECTION

  • Best for overall services in hedge fund

  • Best bespoke research

  • Best for depth and quality of inventory for stock loan

  • Best for idea generation

  • Best overall client service/ coverage

  • Best sales coverage - cash

  • Best trading execution – cash

  • Best trading execution – derivatives

3)  PRIME BROKING SECTION

  • Best for overall services in prime broking

  • Best bespoke solutions for prime broking

  • Best client service for prime broking

  • Best for capital introduction

  • Best for customized reporting

  • Best for futures

  • Best for quantitative research

  • Best pricing for prime broking

  • Best product innovation for prime broking

  • Best risk management advisory services

4)  EQUITY DERIVATIVES SECTION

  • Best overall provider for equity derivatives

  • Best after-sales services, including settlements and back-office

  • Best electronic trading/ online platform

  • Best for broadest product range

  • Best ideas and most innovative products

  • Best pricing and execution capabilities

  • Best research and market coverage

  • Best structuring capabilities taking into account client requirements

  • Best training and educational support

5)  COUNTRY/MARKET SECTION

  • Best local brokerage

  • Most improved brokerage, across both research & sales, over the last 12 months

Equity Sales

  • Best brokerage for sales trading

  • Best execution

  • Best overall sales service

  • Best sales persons

  • Best sales traders

Corporate Access

  • Best for events and/or conferences

  • Best for roadshows and company visits

Equity Research

  • Best analysts per sector

  • Best research coverage for strategy, macroeconomics, small caps and each of the weighted and most frequently traded industries in that market

  • Best overall research

  • Best empirical/grassroots research

  • Most independent research brokerage

6)  CALCULATION OF RESULTS

Points for place

For all categories, a first place vote rewards three points; second place two points and third place one point.

“One firm - one vote”

To avoid any one institution having more influence than others of equal size, multiple responses are fractioned according to the total number received from that one institution.

Asset size weightings

Each response is weighted according to the institution’s approximate asset size (total unleveraged Asian equity funds under management) in Asia-Pacific. Hedge fund firms will be weighted at six times their assets to reflect their higher turnover rate. The following table details the weightings according to asset size:

Asset size ($million) Multiplied by
<50 0.5
50 - 200  1
201 - 500  4
501 - 2,000  8
2,001 - 5,000  12
5,001 - 10,000  16
>10,000 20

Rankings for overall combined regional research & sales, overall regional research, and overall regional sales

For the Asia (ex-Australia & Japan) rankings a domestic market weighting system is used to compare brokerages as a whole in the region. The rationale is that the importance of markets varies across the region, so the points a brokerage receives in major markets should be weighted more than the points it receives in smaller markets. The MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index was used as a guide to achieve this. A similar sector weighting system is used to address the importance of the sectors within the region. Please refer to the following tables for a mathematical breakdown:

Weightings for the Overall Research Rankings

Regional (All) 30.00% Multiplied by
Strategy 3.00% 0.48
Economics 2.00% 0.32
Quantitative 1.00% 0.16
     
Automobiles & Components  3.21% 0.12
Banks  15.37% 0.59
Casinos & Gaming  1.44% 0.06
Consumer Discretionary  4.42% 0.17
Consumer Staples  4.76% 0.18
Diversified Financials  2.78% 0.11
Energy  4.28% 0.16
Health Care  2.83% 0.11
Industrials  5.57% 0.21
Insurance  5.36% 0.21
Materials  4.58% 0.18
Real Estate  5.83% 0.22
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment  6.43% 0.25
Software, Internet & Services  16.24% 0.62
Technology Hardware & Equipment  8.89% 0.34
Telecommunication Services  3.92% 0.15
Transportation  1.22% 0.05
Utilities  2.87% 0.11
     
Market (All) 70.00% Multiplied by
China (H-shares, Red chips, P-chips)  34.43% 3.86
Hong Kong (Local, non-China)  11.18% 1.25
India 9.75% 1.09
Indonesia 2.39% 0.27
Korea 17.45% 1.95
Malaysia 2.90% 0.32
Pakistan 0.10% 0.01
Philippines 1.15% 0.13
Singapore 4.23% 0.47
Taiwan 13.63% 1.53
Thailand 2.79% 0.31
     
Total 100.00%  
     

Weightings for the Overall Sales Rankings

Regional 30.00% Multiplied by
Overall sales services 30.00% 4.8
     
Market (All) 70.00% Multiplied by
China (H-shares, Red chips, P-chips)  34.43% 3.86
Hong Kong (Local, non-China)  11.18% 1.25
India 9.75% 1.09
Indonesia 2.39% 0.27
Korea 17.45% 1.95
Malaysia 2.90% 0.32
Pakistan 0.10% 0.01
Philippines 1.15% 0.13
Singapore 4.23% 0.47
Taiwan 13.63% 1.53
Thailand 2.79% 0.31
     
Total 100.00%  

The scores for Australia, China (A&B share) and Japan Overall Combined Research & Sales are calculated by simply adding together the scores from the categories of Best Overall Research and Best Overall Sales Service in each of these independent markets.

Research sector classifications:

SECTOR INDUSTRY
AUTOMOBILES & COMPONENTS AUTO COMPONENTS
AUTOMOBILES
BANKS COMMERCIAL BANKS
THRIFTS & MORTGAGE FINANCE
CASINOS & GAMING CASINOS & GAMING
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY HOUSEHOLD DURABLES
LEISURE EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTS
TEXTILES, APPAREL & LUXURY GOODS
HOTELS, RESTAURANTS & LEISURE
DIVERSIFIED CONSUMER SERVICES
MEDIA
DISTRIBUTORS
INTERNET & CATALOG RETAIL
MULTILINE RETAIL
SPECIALTY RETAIL
CONSUMER STAPLES FOOD & STAPLES RETAILING
BEVERAGES
FOOD PRODUCTS
TOBACCO
HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
PERSONAL PRODUCTS
DIVERSIFIED FINANCIALS DIVERSIFIED FINANCIAL SERVICES
CONSUMER FINANCE
CAPITAL MARKETS
ENERGY ENERGY EQUIPMENT & SERVICES
OIL, GAS & CONSUMABLE FUELS
HEALTH CARE HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS & SERVICES
HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY
BIOTECHNOLOGY
PHARMACEUTICALS
LIFE SCIENCES TOOLS & SERVICES
INDUSTRIALS
(CONGLOMERATES/CAPITAL GOODS) 
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE
BUILDING PRODUCTS
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
INDUSTRIAL CONGLOMERATES
MACHINERY
TRADING COMPANIES & DISTRIBUTORS
INSURANCE INSURANCE
MATERIALS CHEMICALS
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
CONTAINERS & PACKAGING
METALS & MINING
PAPER & FOREST PRODUCTS
REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS (REITS)
REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
SEMICONDUCTORS &
SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT
SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTS
SEMICONDUCTORS & SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT
SOFTWARE, INTERNET & SERVICES INTERNET SOFTWARE & SERVICES
IT SERVICES
SOFTWARE
TECHNOLOGY HARDWARE & EQUIPMENT COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT
COMPUTERS & PERIPHERALS
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, INSTRUMENTS & COMPONENTS
OFFICE ELECTRONICS
TELECOMMUMICATION SERVICES DIVERSIFIED TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES
WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES
TRANSPORTATION AIR FREIGHT & LOGISTICS
AIRLINES
MARINE
ROAD & RAIL
TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
UTILITIES ELECTRIC UTILITIES
GAS UTILITIES
MULTI-UTILITIES
WATER UTILITIES
INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS & ENERGY TRADERS

7)  VERIFICATION & AUDITING

Several working days after completing the poll, some respondents may receive a validation email from Asiamoney. Respondents are required to click on a validation link in this email to confirm their vote. Failing to do so may lead to their votes being nullified. If a respondent doesn't validate their vote by e-mail, Asiamoney will follow up and attempt to verify by other means.

Asiamoney will investigate and audit individual responses; responses suspected of being fraudulent will be nullified and violating parties will be prohibited from participating in future Asiamoney Polls.

Please direct inquiries to Harris Fan by e-mail at harris.fan@asiamoney.com or by telephone at +852 2912 8037.

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