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.
Central bank heads could be replaced in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan in the coming three months. Whether the incumbents stay or not, all four face important policy challenges.
AsianInvestor reviews our forecasts at the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Today, did we get the Bank of Japan's focus on its 10-year bond yield target right?
Korean investors are increasing their allocations across private debt, investing into riskier tranches in the hunt for greater returns. This contrasts greatly with their Japanese peers.
The administration in Tokyo is looking to raise the voluntary retirement age from 65 to 70 years-old. China's is just 60 for men, and 55 or 50 for women. It needs to raise it.
The Asia Region Funds Passport could open up investment opportunities into the Belt and Road Initiative for Japanese mutual funds.
Fund industry executives are braced for a revolution in product distribution, as the Japanese regulator gets tough with the dominant local players.
Investment experts say Japanese equities provide opportunities for 2018, but some advocate active stock picking while others prefer ETF strategies.
Japan Post Bank, a relative newcomer to alternatives investing, aims to up its current $7 billion allocation by almost 10 times its current level to help deliver higher returns.
The imminent launch of a new low-cost fund scheme will lead investors to put money into low cost funds, while forcing change on Japan's fund manufacturers and distributors.
A public warning by Norway’s wealth fund for LSE not to lower its listing standards for state companies should be an example to other investors.
The 2016 Japan Institutional Report, the second such report from our research arm, gives a comprehensive breakdown of investment activity among the country’s largest asset owners.
Japan-focused private equity is enjoying a boom in both deal value and fundraising, but higher prices being paid for assets will put pressure on future returns.
Investors from the country, particularly its regional banks, look set to maintain a strong buying spree into foreign bonds in an effort to bolster their returns.
Japan's huge state pension fund is expected to issue new smart-beta mandates later this year, as part of its evolving global asset allocation.
While the Japanese pension fund's new governance structure is to be welcomed, say consultants, it could mean strategy implementation takes longer.
After strong AUM growth last year, the Japanese fund house has created the role of global head of operations to better coordinate this function across its international businesses.
Extraordinary policies designed to spark reflation and sustain recovery may finally be paying off in Japan, creating a compelling case for Japanese equities.
The region’s top 300 institutional investors registered a 3% rise in assets under management during 2016, according to our 15th consecutive annual survey.
Tokyo-based Taro Ogai takes over as Asia-Pacific head of investment consulting, while Jayne Bok assumes a broader role, as Willis Towers Watson continues its business revamp.