Constrained by tight regulation, the life insurer has been unable to invest in offshore assets. Its CIO hopes a new rule later this year will allow it to start doing so.
Permodalan Nasional Berhad’s latest annual report shows that its gradual increase in exposure to foreign assets does not appear sufficient to meet a stated end-2022 target.
The current low-yield environment poses a challenge to real returns for traditional portfolios, but decent opportunities exist in non-traditional asset areas, said Lim Chow Kiat.
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.
The consensus of returns for most assets is a lot lower than it has been for the last decade. Adapting to this environment will likely push more investors to delegate their investment activities to third parties and hopefully gain an edge.
Asian life insurers are more cautious than global peers about economic risks, according to a new survey. Some, including AIA and FWD, are seeking to diversify their risks in response.