China Needs More Institutional Investors

January 07, 2013

On December 26, 2012, over 100 young professionals attended CKGSB’s public lecture presented by Jennifer Huang, Professor of Finance at CKGSB

On December 26, 2012, over 100 young professionals attended CKGSB’s public lecture presented by Jennifer Huang, Professor of Finance at CKGSB, who titled her lecture “The Development of the Money Management Industry.”

Before jumping to main topics, Prof. Huang kicked off by giving the audience a basic framework of financial market and its key players, to ensure all participants were able to follow her, no matter how much knowledge they have had about financial industry. After that, she got into the main topics including performance evaluation of investment funds, ways to stimulate money managers and how to build  best-performing portfolios. At the end of her lecture, Prof. Huang patiently addressed those who have more questions.

Prof. Huang is optimistic about prospects for institutional investors in China market, where individual investors are representing a larger share in the investor base comparing to more developed markets like U.S. “As the market develops, individual investors will realize their disadvantages when competing with professionals,” she said, “and gradually they will go to fund managers for more efficient money management.”


Yuan Yuan, an individual investor in U.S. market after graduating from one of the top Canadian universities, said Prof. Huang’s lecture was really helpful for her to do investment in China. “I had thought hedge funds might not be a good investment choice here, but Prof. Huang’s analysis changed my mind,” she said.

There were some participants having a bit difficulty following Prof. Huang as her lecture was purely delivered in English. Chen Chen, one of the lecture participants, said in his micro-blog, “The content of tonight’s lecture is great…But I need to improve my English proficiency to get the most from these lectures.”

In a rapidly shrinking world, CKGSB hopes to make contribution to produce globally competent citizens who have substantive knowledge, cultural understanding, and linguistic skills, said Pauline Deng, Senior Manager of CKGSB MBA Program. “While there are many ways of developing these strengths, Professor Talk Series is designed to do so in an holistic fashion,” she said.

To date, more than 5,000 young professionals have benefited from Professor Talk Series. As one regular participant puts it, “I think that these [lectures] profoundly affected both my personal life and academic development. I am so glad to have taken them.”

Professor Talk Series is offered by CKGSB MBA Program for the public to learn about knowledge in business related disciplines, and to share cutting-edge insights on issues attracting wide attention. Past lectures have addressed a variety of topics, from “Transforming Big Data in Marketing” to “The Impact of Interest Rate Liberalization on Chinese Banks.” Should you be interested in exploring what else Professor Talk Series is going to offer, browse our website at, or follow us at


Professor Profile

Dr. Huang is a Professor of Finance at CKGSB. She sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, International Review of Applied Financial Issues and Economics, and International Review of Finance. She received her Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Business in 2003. Research Areas: liquidity and asset pricing, mutual funds, internal capital allocation, taxes。

— By Mara Yuan

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