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.
Water scarcity is emerging as a major climate challenge for institutional investors. While most attention is on the coronavirus impact, this stands to be a big longer-term concern.
The spread of the coronavirus underlines both the extent of Beijing's control in China, but also the vulnerabilities this can cause. Overseas investors need to take stock.
The pessimism of many Asian high-profile insurers, pension funds and other institutions is reflected in their tactical allocation plans. As uncertainty rises, they lack clear convictions.
The hedge fund industry has been relatively slow to embrace environmental, social and governance (ESG). But this looks likely to change as asset owners increasingly demand it.
The spread of the coronavirus has led to the usual assortment of hucksters and grifters trying to take advantage; and US Republicans turn to insinuation and slurs against Calpers' CIO.
The largest pension fund and life insurers of South Korea are becoming increasingly assertive in their investments, as they chase more yield, according to new data.
As Beijing seeks to expand its pension system it will need to find ways to simplify how the system is managed, instead of maintaining the set of watchdogs that currently have a say.
As part of its efforts to reform the pension industry, China could let corporate pensions invest offshore via international fund managers. It's a sizeable business opportunity.
China has bold pension reform plans, including giving foreign fund houses more entry to its market and expanding the range of investment vehicles to be eligible pension products.
While the concept of factor investing has had some reassessment over the past year or two, industry participants argue that there are still rewards to be had from employing it.
Once seen as an appealing passive investing option for asset owners, factor investing seems to be losing its cachet. Can it get it back?
The risk of climate change has led some of Asia Pacific's most sophisticated investors to seek to adapt their portfolios to better limit their exposure to vulnerable assets.
Asset owners will come under increasing scrutiny over how they factor ESG into their investment plans. They should get them in place now, and speak to peers over how to do so.
The country's private sector employees are increasingly looking to personal pension savings, dubbed Ideco, over concerns they aren't putting enough aside for retirement.
The desire of companies in the country to switch from defined benefit to defined contribution pensions is throwing up challenges for savers.
The country's companies are trying to shift their employees from defined benefit to defined contribution pension schemes to avoid spiralling pension payment costs.
The country's retirement funds must embrace a broader array of investments, including alternative assets, if they are to meet the needs of their fast-aging population.
The country should make private pension schemes more popular to ensure its population saves enough for retirement. Plus existing funds need to update their investing and products.