Reserve managers in Asia and elsewhere aim to relax their investment guidelines amid the pandemic fallout, with an eye on assets such as EM stocks and private equity, say experts.
Measures to ensure continuity of investment management have been largely successful, but the situation requires constant monitoring to maintain efficiency, say asset owners.
The Korean insurer plans to “reshuffle” its property allocations in terms of geography and has particular preferences over its external manager partners.
Artificial intelligence tools can help investors assess company emissions and identify those overstating their sustainable credentials, argues Ping An Insurance.
Insurers, pension funds and other regional investors are taking a pragmatic approach to investing, striving to add more risk, diversify and award mandates virtually.
Experts say the country's debut sovereign wealth fund needs full investing independence to attract international assets, but this appears unlikely according to current plans.
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Experts expect China's first margin financing and securities borrowing deals under the expanded QFII scheme to support more short positions and support foreign capital inflow.
The growing appetite among asset owners to bring portfolio management in-house is understandable, but the talent pool is already tight in Asia – and getting tighter.
The country has a huge current account surplus and foreign reserves, which would help it to establish its own sovereign wealth fund, if it wishes. What's standing in the way?
Institutions in Australia and Japan are making good progress on achieving targets for gender parity, but there is still work to do in the region, including in Hong Kong.
For the Canadian pension fund, Covid-19 has underlined the value of tie-ups with local and global institutions, and of its long-standing focus on renewable energy.
Institutional investors have at times increased their exposure to market risks in unnecessary manners, eroding their potential levels of investment return for no reward.
The country is letting its annuities retirement funds invest more capital into onshore equities and, for the first time, Hong Kong assets.
Financial firms in Asia Pacific need to do more to raise the number of roles held by minorities, say institutional executives and experts.
The big Canadian pension fund sees promise in the increasingly favoured region, while its even larger peer CPPIB has just agreed a new logistics tie-up in Indonesia.
The Canadian pension fund and other investment experts believe that infrastructure investments with sustainability themes will see far greater asset inflows this year.
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China's healthy economy and expanding equities market is drawing more eyes from across the world. Australian superannuation funds, in particular, are looking to invest more.
The state pension fund is strengthening internal controls, but experts say more action is needed, such as raising pay for investment staff to make them less susceptible to graft.