The Thai pension fund hopes to inspire other institutions to take responsible investment ideas seriously.
The Thai pension fund's move is part of a growing trend for Asian institutions to adopt ESG practices across their investment portfolios.
The long-standing mandatory defined contribution scheme can improve upon existing schemes by introducing new measures, a Securities and Exchange Commission executive said.
As long as investors are nimble and selective, equity markets still offer plenty of late-cycle investment opportunities, say Thai asset owners and wealth managers.
The CIO of the Thai insurer joins the chorus of concern about how the second phase of the risk-based capital regime might affect investments.
Delegates gathered in Bangkok for a day of debate on hot-button investing issues.
Investors gather in Bangkok to gain insight from the experts.
Opinions are mixed about the infrastructure vehicle, which is expected to launch next month after delays. One insurance CIO cited potentially low and uncertain returns as an issue.
Asset owners are putting more money into private equity, but the asset class offers unique challenges to be aware of, warned two experienced investors.
Banks in Southeast Asia are selling their asset management arms as risk management costs rise and clients seek more adventurous products, drawing interest from Western insurers.
Wealthy Thai investors are seeking out advisors who can manage money onshore as foreign investment restrictions are eased and political calm returns, wealth managers said.
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A few green shoots of innovation are emerging among the region's pension funds, as regulation and the rush into alternatives and overseas markets prompt a rethink.
Life companies such as FWD and Prudential are ramping up efforts in Thailand to sell more unit-linked products and thereby reduce their investment risk. They face familiar challenges.
Bangkok-based life insurance firms are lobbying to be allowed to invest in new asset classes, such as foreign infrastructure and private debt, to help boost returns.
The country’s insurers are awaiting final new risk-based capital rules before making big portfolio changes. They are concerned about potentially high charges for equities.
The Bangkok-based insurer could almost double its foreign exposure in two years, using external fund managers to do so, says its CIO. Its peers are making similar moves.
The fast-growing insurer is building its investment team and has taken portfolio management in-house for now. But it may use external firms to enter new asset types.
The Bangkok-based insurer is also hoping the regulator will allow new types of alternative assets and a higher offshore allocation limit, says its head of risk and strategy.
A set of fund managers, officials and asset owners told an investor audience that the country needs to deepen its bond market, and add riskier instruments.