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Keng Swee Koh of DBS Bank

Oct 21, 2019

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1. For years there have been discussions about opening international investments to Indonesia for distribution onshore, but will it ever happen?

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1. For years there have been discussions about opening international investments to Indonesia for distribution onshore, but will it ever happen?

It will happen, and it is slowly but surely happening. Previously, in terms of buying offshore funds, you needed to be a high net worth individual investing huge sums of money before you can go through the KBD route. Currently, I think there are upwards of close to 10 funds which have got overseas exposure, that retail clients can buy as well. Certainly more can be done, but I can understand the regulator's concerns as well, in terms of rupiah, stability, and also in terms of investor awareness. So, I guess this is where the financial institutions have got to come in to improve investor education and also awareness and understanding of such offshore assets. But in terms of portfolio diversification and choice: definitely, the offshore assets has got to be part of the portfolio. It cannot be all Indonesian. So that's what I'm advocating as well, if I were to meet the regulators.

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