ETFs, GLOBAL, TECHNOLOGY

Brendan Ahern

Chief Investment Officer,

KraneShares

  • Chief Investment Officer at Krane Funds Advisors (KFA)
  • Preeminent Expert in Global Financial Markets
  • Produces Daily Update Called “China Last Night”

About Brendan

Brendan Ahern is the Chief Investment Officer of KraneShares, a suite of China and emerging market focused Exchange Traded Funds. Mr. Ahern joined KraneShares in 2013 and was an original member of the team that launched its first ETFs. He leads the firm's China research and education efforts. Mr. Ahern actively works with investors on various subjects ranging from asset allocation to trading to articulating the growing influence that index providers hold in the asset management industry. Prior experience includes over ten years with Barclays Global Investors (subsequently BlackRock), which he joined in 2001 during the iShares ETF business rollout. Mr. Ahern's career has spanned a period of tremendous growth for ETFs, contributing to his profound knowledge of the ETF and passive investment landscape. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and has a Master of Science in Financial Analysis from the University of San Francisco.

Brendan's Articles

Sponsored Content - Q2 2020 marked another eventful quarter for China’s internet sector. Through all of the market volatility, political rhetoric, and virus fears, investors in the KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF ended the second quarter with healthy returns, states Brendan Ahern of KraneShare.
The coronavirus pandemic spread across the world indiscriminately, disrupting lives, and gripping global markets. In the first quarter of 2020, US equities experienced substantial losses not felt since the financial crisis of 2008.
Sponsored Content - Although news surrounding the further spread of the coronavirus has been causing volatility in global markets, life on the ground in China is starting to stabilize.

Brendan's Videos

Finding income is increasingly difficult for investors as global central bank policies push yields lower. China is unique having not cut its interest rates. Brendan Ahern's presentation will review China's dollar-denominated bond market with an emphasis on the high-yield bond market.

ESG investing is inherently future-looking, and there is perhaps no place more meticulously focused on planning for the future than China. Capping carbon emissions, expanding green energy output, and developing high-tech sectors are fundamental to China's long-term plans. As a result, in China, ESG has a performance-boosting effect that does not occur in other markets.

In this presentation, Brendan Ahern of KraneShares will cover:

  • Reasons why ESG has a performance boosting-effect in China that does not occur elsewhere.
  • Long term catalysts for clean technologies, including solar, wind, and carbon emissions reduction programs.
  • How China's expanding population of highly educated workers and its integration into global capital markets are powering social and governance upgrades within its top companies.


Cost reduction, stricter emissions regulations, government incentives, and the rollout of new and affordable models bring EVs within reach of the mass consumer. One analogy commonly used to describe such an inflection point is "hockey stick growth," where the distant awareness of a trend suddenly crystalizes into mainstream acceptance as the phenomenon takes off. This year, EVs are moving out of the future and into the driveways of the masses.

In this presentation, Brendan Ahern of KraneShares will cover:

  • Why 2021 may finally be the tipping point for global EV adoption.
  • Components of the electric vehicle ecosystem, including car manufacturers, battery makers, raw materials, vehicle connectivity suppliers, alternative renewable energy sources including hydrogen, and more.
  • The global landscape: key EV manufacturers and components suppliers that are commanding substantial global market share that you may have never heard about.


Finding income is increasingly difficult for investors as global central bank policies push yields lower. China is unique having not cut its interest rates. Brendan Ahern's presentation will review China's dollar-denominated bond market with an emphasis on the high-yield bond market.
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