Gary Gabriel of Hesta says Australian super funds are assessing whether they should hold bonds to maturity, given that these instruments cannot now provide enough yield to match liabilities.
Regional pension funds are looking to incorporate smart beta strategies within their portfolios, according to global asset managers. The largest asset owners could potentially make huge allocations.
Central banks appear to be growing ever more reluctant to hand money to sovereign wealth funds to run, but some argue this is a limited issue in Asia.
Asset owners are being tipped to boost exposure to infrastructure and real estate from a low base, but with such strong demand for scarce assets, overbidding is a risk.
By contrast, more searches were completed globally via Mercer in 2012 than the year before, with emerging market assets proving especially popular.
The firm is set to announce new responsibilities for Deborah Bannon, Garry Hawker and Michelle Ng in Asia following its global restructure, saying it is looking for some stability.