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Brokers Poll

Asiamoney Brokers Poll 2020 Methodology

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Asiamoney’s 31st annual Brokers Poll runs from 1 June to 7 August. 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 in December (issue four); full and bespoke data is available for purchase from November.

METHODOLOGY & CATEGORIES:

The poll covers the following sections:

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

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

To qualify for the regional categories, participating firms, analysts and sales personnel need to service three or more countries/independent markets. For the purpose of this poll, Hong Kong is considered an extension of the mainland China market. For example, for Chinese brokers and their staff to be considered regional, they must service two additional markets beyond mainland 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

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

  • Automobiles & components

  • Banks

  • Casinos & gaming

  • Consumer discretionary

  • Consumer staples

  • Diversified financials

  • Energy

  • Healthcare

  • Industrial (i.e. conglomerates/capital goods)

  • Insurance

  • Materials

  • Real estate

  • Semiconductors & semiconductor equipment

  • Software, Internet & service

  • Technology hardware & equipment

  • Telecommunication services

  • Transportation

  • Utilities

2)  HEDGE FUND SECTION

  • Best for overall services in hedge fund

3)  PRIME BROKING SECTION

  • Best for overall services in prime broking

4)  COUNTRY/MARKET SECTION

Australia, Bangladesh, China (A&B shares), China (H-shares, Red chips, P-chips), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Overall

  • Best local brokerage

Equity Sales

  • Best brokerage for sales trading

  • Best execution

  • Best overall sales service

  • Best sales persons

  • Best sales traders

Corporate Access

  • Best for corporate access

Equity Research

  • Best overall research

  • Best analyst per sector in the most frequently traded industries in that market

  • Best analyst for small/mid-caps

  • Best strategist

  • Best economist

5)  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 (as of April 2020) 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 0.58% 0.12
Banks 3.58% 0.59
Casinos & Gaming 0.29% 0.06
Consumer Discretionary 2.40% 0.17
Consumer Staples 1.17% 0.18
Diversified Financials 0.74% 0.11
Energy 1.11% 0.16
Health Care 0.68% 0.11
Industrials 1.27% 0.21
Insurance 1.39% 0.21
Materials 1.11% 0.18
Real Estate 1.60% 0.22
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment 1.48% 0.25
Software, Internet & Services 2.53% 0.62
Technology Hardware & Equipment 1.96% 0.34
Telecommunication Services 0.98% 0.15
Transportation 0.36% 0.05
Utilities 0.77% 0.11
     
Market (All) 70.00% Multiplied by
China (A-shares) 0.66% 0.11
China (H-shares, Red chips, P-chips) 25.48% 3.86
Hong Kong (Local, non-China) 8.39% 1.25
India 7.25% 1.09
Indonesia 1.73% 0.27
Korea 10.31% 1.95
Malaysia 1.74% 0.32
Philippines 0.87% 0.13
Singapore 2.72% 0.47
Taiwan 8.99% 1.53
Thailand 1.86% 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 (A-shares) 0.66% 0.11
China (H-shares, Red chips, P-chips) 25.48% 4.08
Hong Kong (Local, non-China) 8.39% 1.34
India 7.25% 1.16
Indonesia 1.73% 0.28
Korea 10.31% 1.65
Malaysia 1.74% 0.28
Philippines 0.87% 0.14
Singapore 2.72% 0.43
Taiwan 8.99% 1.44
Thailand 1.86% 0.3
     
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 their respective domestic 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

6)  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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