A July survey of 177 institutional investors by Preqin showed an overwhelming majority believe equity markets are at a peak and could see a big correction soon.
A string of rate cuts by countries trying to catch up with the US Federal Reserve is narrowing investment options.
Cross-border capital accounted for nearly half of commercial real estate investment in tier-1 Chinese cities last year, with insurers seen as a fast-growing source of the flow.
Institutional investors have a key role to play in this initiative since natural capital is not well looked after in Asia, says a new umbrella body launched on Monday.
Insurance companies are increasingly turning to ETF products for both tactical and strategic asset allocations, BlackRock and other industry participants note.
Large and relatively sophisticated institutional investors are increasingly asking external managers to implement such strategies and seeking to build up their own capabilities, a survey shows.