SINGAPORE (Jan 23): This year, Singaporean fund managers’ top concern is the trade wars, according to the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) annual Investment Managers’ Outlook Survey.

The survey showed that 68% of respondents identified trade wars as their top concern. Rising political risks and security tensions (49%), as well as rising uncertainty in US policy making (42%) also ranked high on the list as top concerns for fund managers in 2019.

Apart from the geopolitical issues, other concerns and challenges include rising costs and challenges associated with margin compression through competition (68%), as well as lower returns due to rising regulatory compliance costs (36%) and rising costs of governance (32%).

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