A few green shoots of innovation are emerging among the region's pension funds, as regulation and the rush into alternatives and overseas markets prompt a rethink.
Although still wary of excessive risk, the Australian sovereign fund remains focused on the long term and continues to look for opportunities in private markets.
Value is hard to find, inflation is set to rear its head and quantitative easing is tapering. That combination has led Australian asset owners to expect only moderate returns for 2018.
Australia’s $158 billion sovereign wealth fund is a large investor in alternative assets. Chief executive David Neal outlines its approach to private markets in the current environment.
The lowest 100 organisations in this year’s AI300 welcomed 10 new faces, six of those 10 returning after absences of a year or more
Buoyed by returns from listed and unlisted assets, Australian pension funds recovered from 2015 decline, though industry experts split on how they can sustain this momentum.
While some of the more liquidity-constrained super funds have little more than 1% in private markets, the more active funds are taking a more global approach after years of home bias.
Commonwealth Bank's plan to dispose of Colonial First State is part of an industry consolidation that means any buyer would almost certainly come from outside Australia.
Australia's sovereign wealth fund believes its asset base will keep expanding for 10 years after getting government assurances of no drawdown, but cut its annual return target.
Pension funds and other institutional investors in the country are exploring different options for coping with a potential jump in volatility in global markets.
The Choi family is cashing out of premium properties in its hometown to invest HK$10 billion ($1.3 billion) in Australian real estate.
A few institutions in the southern hemisphere are leading the way when it comes to managing climate change risk in their portfolios.
Roberto Versace, who joined the Dutch pension fund manager in June, has cut exposure to China real estate developers but sees value in Australian and Japanese Reits.
The country's smaller superannuation funds are under pressure to merge to gain critical mass, but doing so is no easy process.
The Malaysia and Singapore bourses recognise they are lagging peers in North Asia in respect of exchange-traded funds – and are keen to catch up.
The pension fund's head of public markets investments said it had benefited from a more concentrated portfolio, an approach recommended by Willis Towers Watson in a new study.
The case for boosting equity allocations is weakening for some asset owners, which are scaling back generally on risk or re-weighting their portfolios, say consultants.
Graeme Russell has overseen a turnaround in the Australian superannuation fund's performance, but how does he plan to maintain that run amid looming challenges?
The Australian superannuation fund has made big changes to its investment strategy and approach in recent years. Chief executive Graeme Russell explains how it did so.
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.