Investment consultant firms are seeking to advise asset owners over investments, putting them at risk of accusations of conflicts of interest with their traditional advisory roles.
Researchers see smaller Chinese life insurance companies following the big players in outsourcing more to external fund managers, including overseas.
Z-Ben Advisors says Chinese trust firms and brokerages' asset management arms – which have $3.4 trillion in AUM – should now be counted as mainland fund houses.
Eager for more foreign exposure, mainland insurers are having to think more strategically about how they invest overseas in light of the freeze on approvals of new QDII quota.
Regional pension funds are hunting yield from complex asset classes. But elevated prices and lack of risk awareness may leave them exposed.
Towers Watson's Peter Ryan-Kane provides some solutions to the funds industry's failure to meet long-term objectives, as a poll shows how little investment professionals think of their own sector.
Integration with traditional investments will be key to the next wave of regional allocations into alternatives, panellists tell an AsianInvestor forum.
A fiduciary management relationship is being increasingly recognised for its benefits, but its rationale and key factors need to be understood in order for investors to utilise to the fullest its outsourcing potential.
Proposed tightening of regulations around risk-based capital means insurers will need to think more about risk and reward, presenting asset managers with opportunities, a forum hears.
The firm, an investment consultant to institutions, is launching employee benefits brokerages across Asia Pacific on expection they will account for a growing portion of its revenues.
Jayne Bok, CFA, head of sovereign advisory for Asia at Towers Watson, discusses the evolution of alternative investing by large Asian asset owners.
Sovereign investors in Asia in particular should be more focused on increasing their risk conviction than on building in-house capabilities, according to Towers Watson research.