HONG KONG: J.P. Morgan Asset Management launches unique tool to help investors better understand and invest in global markets

Jan 07, 2013

Hong Kong, 7 January 2013: J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) today announced the launch of its Guide to the Markets in Asia. The Guide aims to help investors better understand and interpret global markets, promote long-term investing, diversification and ultimately make better investment decisions.

Through illustrative charts and graphs of markets, trends and statistics, the Guide is a unique tool that breaks down complex information so that it is digestible and repeatable. Released on the third business day of the quarter, the Guide addresses important macro topics, and provides bankers and their clients with a logical framework for discussion so that investment decisions are based on logic, reason and analysis.

The Asian version of the Guide is now being introduced throughout the region as part of the global effort to extend the reach and influence of J.P. Morgan Asset Management's Market Insights program, which has proven to be very successful in other parts of the world. Available in English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean, the Asian Guide does not just focus on local economies and markets, but also includes a global perspective making it more relevant to Asian investors.

Commenting on the launch, Jed Laskowitz, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan Asset Management said, "The launch of the Guide is a major step in our efforts to help investors and their advisors better understand what is driving markets and the economy. Our goal is to help investors make decisions based on facts, diversify and provide investors with the fortitude to stay invested long-term. Market-timing and chasing last year's best performing asset class or style is a flawed strategy. The Guide and our perspective will help investors and their advisors to make better investment decisions."

J.P. Morgan Asset Management's Global Market Insights Strategy Team has been instrumental in launching the Guide to the Markets and is a leader in providing fact-based market education to investors. Headed by Chief Global Strategist, Dr. David Kelly, the Team is comprised of highly experienced strategists based in various locations around the world that are highly regarded and deeply experienced with a focus on delivering the highest quality market perspective and analysis to clients globally. Tai Hui, Chief Market Strategist Asia heads the Market Insights Strategy Team in Asia.

The firm's client-first mentality has been the motivation and mission of the Guide since its inception in the U.S. nearly a decade ago. The European version has been expanded recently to include versions in several languages, and last year a Brazil version in Portuguese and English was launched making the quarterly Guide one of the most highly anticipated releases in the asset management industry.

The latest Guide to the Markets – Asia can be downloaded here.

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For further information please contact
Daniel Chui, Head of Investor Communications
Telephone: (852) 2800 2874
Email: daniel.wc.chui@jpmorgan.com

Harriet Ngan, Internal & Media Communications
Telephone: (852) 2800 2776
Email: harriet.hy.ngan@jpmorgan.com

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Notes to Editors
J.P. Morgan Asset Management ("JPMAM") is the brand name of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co's asset management companies, including JPMorgan Funds (Asia) Limited.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management is a global asset management leader providing world-class investment solutions to clients. With close to US$1.4 trillion in assets under management (the Asset Management client funds of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. as at 30 September 2012) and offices in 34 countries around the world, J.P. Morgan Asset Management offers global coverage with a strong local market presence, and leadership positions in most asset classes.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management managed Asia Pacific client assets totalling US$111 billion as at 30 September 2012. In Asia Pacific we have 8 offices, including Hong Kong as our regional headquarters, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. With over 1,600 employees across the region, JPMAM is able to provide a constant link to these markets and to gather first-hand insights and perspective.

Commitment to Hong Kong

JPMAM's investment management business in Asia has remained headquartered in Hong Kong for more than four decades and today has over 500 employees based in this location. JPMAM is one of the largest local investment managers in Hong Kong with over US$75 billion (30 September 2012) of funds managed across the Asia Pacific region.

As part of a major global investment group, we are committed to providing specialist teams with the resources needed to deliver successful products and performance to our clients. The Hong Kong-based Pacific Regional Group, together with the local presence of the Global Portfolios Group, Global Multi Asset Group and Global Fixed Income Groups, forms the core of JPMAM's investment management operations. In addition to the knowledge and experience of our individual investment professionals, the stability of the team has enabled JPMAM to develop strong relationships with local clients.


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