A new series of articles for AsianInvestor's 20th anniversary focus on major investment undercurrents. First is the need for the region to build pension fund assets and returns.
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While many investors across Asia are beginning to put more assets into passive funds, some remain reluctant to do so.
Asset owners could evolve their usage of index funds and ETFs by turning to more environmental, social and governance plus fixed-income vehicles, say experts.
Asset owners across Asia Pacific look set to slowly raise the amount of passive investments in their overall portfolios, as they continue to absorb new flows of assets.
The difficult market conditions that the Covid-19 pandemic has created could accelerate an existing trend among asset owners: using passive funds to invest in mainstream assets.
The island's bond ETF volumes have shot up over the past two years but they are likely to level off as new rules combine with less risk appetite among leading life insurers.
The desire of Taiwanese life insurers to invest in exchange-traded funds based on offshore bonds is still very strong, despite regulator efforts to diminish it.
Taiwan’s insurers have ploughed assets into the fixed-income products despite increasing risk charges and stricter investment rules. Cathay Life has been one of the most aggressive.
Life insurers in Korea are having to weigh how best to prepare for incoming new capital rules and accounting standards that could affect their asset portfolios.
The sovereign wealth fund is considering a rebalancing of its passive reference portfolio, but its long term investment targets may be less impacted by current coronavirus concerns.
New Zealand Super uses its passive reference portfolio as a form of investment strategy as well as benchmark. David Iverson, head of asset allocation, explains.
Thailand's leading state pension fund is seeking to boost returns through more diverse investing and partners, as it prepares for an upsurge in retirees.
Thailand's leading pension fund has been increasing the size of its internal investment team and will add more personnel, said Man Juttijudata, assistant secretary of risk management.
Pension funds may be reluctant to look further to equities, following the major market drops of March. But for genuinely long-term investors, stocks and alternative assets still offer appeal.
Rising lifespans and low fixed-income payments are creating a headache for pension funds. They need to adapt how they invest, even if some lessons run contrary to recent volatility.
As institutional investors begin to grapple with the risks of water scarcity amid a time of climate change, they will need help in evaluating their portfolio's exposure.