Here we present the stories from our online service that attracted the most attention in March, with number one having received the largest number of hits. We do not include in the list the weekly roundups of people news that appear every Friday. Click on the headline to access the full article.

1. Prudential adds CIOs in Asia reshuffle: sources
By Joe Marsh

The UK life insurer is reorganising its Asian investment team, say sources; it has brought in local CIOs for Singapore and Hong Kong and aims to do the same in Malaysia.

2. Peter Ryan-Kane leaves Willis Towers Watson
By Joe Marsh

The investment consultancy's Asia-Pacific head of portfolio advisory is moving on after eight years in the role, as the firm narrows its focus in the region.

3. Multi-asset push in Asia drives soaring salaries
By Joe Marsh

Multi-asset specialists are moving for pay rises of as much as 40% in the region as fund houses scramble to strengthen their teams, say recruiters.

4. Standard Life, Aberdeen to build passive business post-merger?
By Joe Marsh

Fund houses must get better at active management or offer index products, say industry players. The scale that the Standard Life-Aberdeen merger would bring may facilitate such a move.

5. Asian family offices warm to foreign partnerships
By Richard Newell

Wealthy families are not known for their willingness to share information and investment opportunities, but that dynamic is shifting as it gets harder to source good private deals.

6. New rules tipped to hit China mutual fund volumes
By Christina Wang

Guidelines issued on March 17 aimed at curbing the growth of mutual funds tailored for individual – or small groups of – institutional clients have come earlier than some expected.

7. China Life to outsource more, add alternatives
By Christina Wang

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.

8. Singapore’s big ambitions for new fund structure
By Joe Marsh

The city’s newly proposed investment vehicle aims to go beyond what many had expected, says a senior lawyer, and the industry is cautiously optimistic.

9. MSCI’s Asia head exits to build new business
By Richard Morrow

Chris Ryan, who headed the index provider's Asia-Pacific operations for four years, has left to run an independent investment consultancy.

10. Insurance CIOs eye nimbler investment approach
By Joe Marsh

Insurers want to be able to allocate assets more quickly, especially given current levels of uncertainty, heard AsianInvestor’s insurance forum on March 1.

AsianInvestor's most read stories in February 2017