The CIO of the $37 billion South Korean fund sees local stock market risk potentially rising as the country awaits a new president and his or her approach to North Korea.
As their investment portfolios become more global, institutions want stronger cross-border operational integration, says Standard Chartered's head of securities services.
The €440 billion Dutch pension fund manager is still keen on private markets despite falling illiquidity premiums, and its CIO sees Asia as a fertile market for such investments.
The world’s largest pension fund is recruiting fund managers as the next step in its slow shift into alternatives. But only Japan-registered firms can apply.
As many as two-thirds of not-for-profit superannuation funds in Australia may lack the scale to survive a proposed overhaul of the system. But some in the industry question the plan.
The German group has made an external hire to succeed Eugen Loeffler, who retired at the end of March.
The investigation of the Chinese insurance regulator's chairman for alleged corruption has implications for domestic insurers' investments – notably larger deals.
Asia’s increasingly cash-rich but yield-starved insurance firms are casting an envious eye over US fixed income markets, where income returns are on the rise.
The $37 billion Korean institution is selling buildings in prime locations in favour of buying second-tier real estate. It is also cutting bond exposure and eyeing certain niche alternatives.
New Zealand's state pension fund has become involved in a political spat over its returns, deployment of assets and a record pay rise for its chief executive.
Asian investors remain laggards in respect of adopting ESG principles, but attitudes are changing and barriers receding, finds a new State Street survey.
The Taiwanese insurer is also keen on Formosa bonds and high-dividend stocks, but has zero US Treasuries and is waiting for yields to rise before it buys more foreign fixed income.
The military pension fund promotes its head of securities investments to one of its two CIO roles, as Lee Sang-ho departs. The move comes two years after a structural shake-up.
The country's biggest insurer saw its return on investment fall last year, and president Lin Dairen sees alternative assets as key to boosting performance.
Two of Japan's huge life insurers plan to heavily boost their local and foreign corporate bond allocations. This will increase the risk and reduce the duration of their portfolios, says Moody's.
Daisuke Hamaguchi, CIO of the Pension Fund Association, wants to boost returns, but faces an immature domestic alternatives market and rising hedging costs.
Fund managers are under growing pressure to reduce fees, a trend reinforced by the rise of flows into passive strategies and the low returns achieved in recent years, says a new report.
The Chinese insurer doubled its Hong Kong equity allocation and ramped up its alternatives exposure last year, while also boosting its cash position in anticipation of domestic rate rises.
More and more institutions are entering the mainland debt market and a trading pattern is emerging, as the Bond Connect scheme and wider index inclusion loom closer.
The pension fund’s CIO, Daisuke Hamaguchi, says the Japanese stock market has ceased to function properly. His proposed solution: a tax incentive for selling cross-shareholdings.