AsianInvestor journalists won four awards yesterday for reporting on issues regarding pensions and investments across Asia. The accolades were announced at the State Street Institutional Press Awards, Asia Pacific in Hong Kong.

Jame DiBiasio, now editorial director at Haymarket Financial Media and former editor of AsianInvestor, was named Journalist of the Year for pensions issues.

His winning entry was “Korea’s NPS comes of age”, the cover feature from the October 2012 edition of the magazine, featuring an exclusive interview with then-CEO Jun Kwang-woo. The story positioned NPS as the region’s leading institutional investor but also explored the problems it faces regarding governance and meeting the needs of Korean society.

His other winning entry was “MPF’s next step”, a three-part series that appeared on in September and October of 2012.

Hugo Cox, a contributing writer to AsianInvestor based in London, was named Journalist of the Year for investments. His article, “An emerging bubble?”, published in the March 2013 edition of the magazine, analysed and ultimately debunked fears that high-yield debt valuations were reaching dangerous levels.

Elva Muk (right) was cited as a finalist for the pensions award for her magazine feature, “China’s pensions tsunami”, which appeared in the March 2013 magazine.

Elva Muk, right


Jame DiBiasio was also a finalist for an award in the investments category for his feature, “Ready to fly?”, exploring why Indonesia’s funds industry isn’t keeping pace with the country’s economic development, which ran in the February 2013 magazine.

AsianInvestor’s sister publications also won accolades. Dan Bland was a finalist for an award for best newcomers for his work on The Corporate Treasurer. Jame DiBiasio, following his role as editorial director for Haymarket Financial Media, was also cited for work at FinanceAsia, including stories on Indonesian private equity and as a finalist for best editorial comment.

This is the second year these awards have been held in Asia. The judges received nearly 70 submissions from publications in Hong Kong, mainland China and Australia. The entries were judged by an independent panel of industry professionals, led by Tom Leander, Asia editor-in-chief at Lloyd’s List. He says the awards “honour the best work in a field that is decidedly undercovered, and needs more attention and accountability. They encourage deeper understanding of an often opaque field of financial endeavour. They highlight how all journalists should best cover these markets, and raise the bar.”