Matthews Asia hires Michael Barrer to head ETF Capital Markets

Former WisdomTree executive Michael Barrer has joined Matthews Asia as Vice President and Head of ETF Capital Markets. In this new role, Barrer is the primary relationship manager for all capital markets relationships and partners with the firm’s portfolio management, portfolio strategy, operations and distribution teams to support initiatives. Company ETFs.

Barrer’s hiring follows the April announcement of Matthews Asia’s intention to offer its first actively managed ETFs. The company filed an initial registration statement with the SEC on April 15 to introduce three transparent active ETF strategies focused on global emerging markets, Asia and China.

“I am delighted to join Matthews Asia, a highly respected emerging markets expert,” Barrer said in a press release. “The launch of these new active ETFs will provide investors with greater access to the company’s capabilities.”

Barrer added: “We are delighted to offer our strategies to investors in this ETF wrapper which combines the benefits of an active investment approach with the transparency, day-to-day trading and potential tax efficiency of ETFs. I believe this combination will enhance our clients’ ETF experience. While active ETFs are still relatively new to many investors, I believe that as awareness grows, this vehicle represents a significant long-term growth opportunity in the industry.

Barrer joins Matthews Asia after a decade-long career at WisdomTree Investments, where he was most recently Director of Capital Markets, responsible for managing market maker relationships in support of WisdomTree’s global suite of ETFs.

“The launch of our active ETFs comes at an opportune time as investors begin to reconsider emerging markets, including China, as core portfolio allocations capable of providing growth and diversification to their portfolios,” Cooper said. Abbott, CEO of Matthews Asia, in the Liberation. “I am therefore particularly pleased that Michael is joining Matthews Asia and that our clients benefit from his extensive experience in bringing our new ETFs to market and leverage his in-depth knowledge of trading and execution strategies.”

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