AXA IM hires Hong Kong economist to cover emerging Asia

As emerging markets continue to capture the attention of investors, AXA Investment Managers has hired an economist to focus specifically on emerging Asia.

Qi Sun joins from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, where he focused on the Chinese economy and financial reform as an economist.

He will be based in AXA IM’s Hong Kong office, reporting to Franz Wenzel, chief strategist based in Paris.

Qi will be responsible for economic research and market analysis in the emerging Asia region. His role will involve conveying global analysis to Asian based clients in collaboration with the research and investment strategy team.

Eric Chaney, head of research at AXA IM and chief economist of the AXA Group, who leads this team, said: “Qi Sun’s appointment demonstrates AXA IM’s ambition in Asia and expands on our knowledge in the region.”

His team consists of 12 economists and strategists based in Paris, London and Hong Kong. It provides independent research on global macroeconomic environmental and financial market developments.

Jean-Pierre Leoni, head of AXA IM Asia Pacific, added: “Research plays an important part of our role in supporting clients. The research and strategy team build forecasts and various economic scenarios on main geographic areas, [which] helps our clients better understand the fundamentals for the region and global outlook.”

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