The institutional fund distribution platform is pressing ahead with its second Asian branch, despite uncertainty following months of protests and, more recently, the coronavirus.
Asia Pacific insurers look weaker as markets collapse; Australia pension funds slash private asset valuations; Asian Development Bank invests $100m into India's sovereign wealth fund; GPIF's CIO leaves and it pushes into green bonds and real estate; Korea insurers prepare for mergers; Temasek's value plummets by one-third and more.
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.
Barings's ex-head of sovereigns joins ETF firm; HSBC Securities Services gets new client head; AQR pares Asia sales team; KKR appoints Asia-Pacific tech investment head; CGS-CIMB hires chief investment strategist; EFG poaches IAM team from UBS; First State names head of investment product research; HSBC GAM has management reshuffle and more.
What could a prolonged period of zero or near-zero cash rates and low bond yields mean for the valuation of growth-oriented assets and their ability to generate cash flows?
How Abu Dhabi’s flagship sovereign wealth fund is increasingly making direct private equity investments – with Asia a key focus – in what is a key trend among big asset owners.
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.
Regional governments are weighing all funding options to offset falling economies. But few look likely to draw down on sovereign fund assets – for now.
The disease’s outbreak looks set to change the appeal of real assets as it forces a new way of living and working on people amid global lockdown.
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.
Australia's pension funds brace for withdrawals amid rout; China's CPIC boasted 22.7% AUM increase in 2019; Japan's GPIF to name new head; Korea's NPS estimates recent stock losses at $55bn; Korean investors halt investing in US midstream oil firms and most alternative assets; NZ Super to invest into volatility, despite losing $5.1bn this year and more.
Pension fund investors are in for a shock, with global equity market falls reducing their assets. There are a few ways they can react to minimise falls and maximise returns.
KIC appoints new deputy CIO; SSGA loses HK head of ETFs; Ping An AM portfolio manager exits; Bridgewater China hires tech head; Vanguard names new Asia head; BlackRock hires Apac head of iShares; CBRE Greater China advisory head departs and more.
The US firm's former Singapore chief is on gardening leave. Sources say he will take up an institutional client-focused role in Hong Kong at another large fund house.
Artificial intelligence could revolutionise actively managed funds, but it cannot expand until regulators accept them and they build multi-year track records, say advocates.
Nine experts share their takes on how institutional investors can best respond to what seems to be a spiralling bond market rout.
With active funds failing to impress in the current bear markets, regional institutional investors look set to keep relying on passive funds – with the odd exception.
The demand for commercial real estate remains high in the region, CBRE's survey shows, but patience will be needed as the coronavirus disrupts deal execution.
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.