trade tensions continuing to make headlines it is easy to forget that in 2017
China was the best performing major equity asset class globally. China is now
home to the largest E-Commerce, electric vehicle, and renewable energy markets,
and the second largest healthcare market worldwide. In 2013, China launched the
One Belt One Road Initiative, potentially the largest global infrastructure
project in modern history. Much of the world’s economic prospects are tied to
China’s growth, yet many investment strategies have not kept pace with its
evolving markets. We believe China has emerged as its own asset class, whose
unique attributes, when invested in strategically, can benefit global asset
allocation across all market cycles.
Chief Investment Officer
Brendan Ahern is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at KraneShares, a China focused ETF provider with $2.2 billion of assets, where he is in charge of the firm's research, education and investor outreach efforts. He was an early pioneer of the US exchange traded fund (ETF) industry as one of the first 20 employees dedicated to the roll out of the iShares suite of ETFs. Brendan experienced the proliferation of ETFs and the growth of the ETF industry firsthand. During his tenure AUM grew from a few billion to $1.5 trillion.
This "from the ground up" experience forged his comprehensive expertise with all aspects of the ETF industry including product development, marketing, branding, and business strategy. Brendan's role included leading the efforts in launching the KraneShares suite of ETFs including the KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF, the first dedicated China internet and e-commerce ETF, and the KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A Shares ETF, the largest MSCI benchmarked China A ETF globally representing MSCI's exact definition of Shanghai and Shenzhen listed stocks being added to MSCI's Global Standard Indices.
Brendan is considered a preeminent expert in global financial markets with a particular focus on China, and is often sought after by leading business and financial outlets including but not limited to CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily.
Brendan graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and has a Master of Science in Financial Analysis from the University of San Francisco