A link is emerging between pension funds' exposure to alternative investments and their asset growth, according to two recently-released studies.
Asian countries are slowly closing the gap to peers elsewhere in terms of quality of retirement provision, but some regional heavyweights are struggling to progress, shows Mercer research.
Regional pension funds are dialling back on risk after a tough 2018 in which assets shrank, and amid lingering geopolitical uncertainties, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson.
The ability of the country's smaller corporate pension funds to nimbly invest offshore could be affected by discussions to convert governance guidelines into enforceable rules.
Annual survey shows allocations to alternatives now account for more than a fifth of corporate pension fund investments. How long it can keep on rising is another question.
There may be a growing amount of pension fund capital coming out of Japan but it's still being invested along traditional lines, despite increased networking with foreign peers.