Asian Pension Funds

Asian Pension Funds - Articles & White Papers

White papers and reports broadly related to the topic of pension funds in Asia, with a particular focus on Japan, China and Hong Kong. The most read white papers on Asian pension funds analyse the Chinese pensions system, the Japanese pensions systems and pensions systems in East and South East Asia. In particular, a number of articles consider Japan's GPIF (Government Pension Investment Fund) and its management of assets. Further research and surveys consider other aspects of Asian pension schemes; the trends in Asian pension asset allocation, the effectiveness of pension fund governance, pension reform in China and elsewhere, and the trend towards longer-term investing. To search for keywords within the Asian Pension Funds category, use the search bar to the right of this text.
  • Willis Towers Watson

    Global Pensions Asset Study 2017 (Willis Towers Watson)

    The 2017 Global Pensions Asset Study covers 22 major pension markets, which total USD 36,435 billion in pension assets and account for 62.0% of the GDP of these economies. China, Finland and Italy were added to this year’s study. A deeper analysis was performed for seven of these markets (Australia, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and US), which comprise 91.7% of ...

  • Citi

    The Coming Pensions Crisis (Citi, 2016)

    • 09 Mar 2016
    • Company: Citi

    The retirement dream for many is to retire early enough to enjoy the fruits of their labours. The reality however is that for many there isn't enough money in the bank to last the entirety of their retirement. This paper by Citi looks at the scope of the problem both on the private and the public side. The author examines the issue globally then makes some recommendations ...

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  • Willis Towers Watson

    Global Pension Asset Study (Willis Towers Watson, 2018)

    This is Willis Towers Watson's latest annual Global Pension Assets Study. It covers 22 major pension markets which now total over US$41 bn in pension assets and account for nearly 70% of the GDP of these economies. The study examines the seven largest markets in more detail (US, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, Japan, Canada, and Australia) which comprise over 90% of total pension ...

  • The Boston Consulting Group

    The Rise of Alternatives and Long-Term Investing: Strategic Asset Allocation for Large Institutional Investors (BCG)

    This report by The Boston Consulting Group provides guidance for large institutional investors on strategic asset allocation to alternative assets and thinking long-term. It examines the recent investment strategies and management practices of leading institutional investors around the world.

  • FTSE Russell

    Sustainable Investing Forum: Pension Fund Insights (videos) FTSE Russell

    Hear leading asset owners from around the world discuss their views on ESG investing and where the industry is headed. FTSE Russell’s forum on the past-present-future of sustainable investment examines the evolution of investor ESG approaches, and provides fresh insights about investment opportunities and risks from executives across the pension funds industry, including HSBC ...

  • Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research

    Japan's DC Pension System Ready for Reform (Nomura, 2015)

    Japan has for a long time faced twin demographic challenges - a falling birthrate and a growing older population. As a result of the difficulties this creates for pensions, its public pension system is seeking to reform the defined contribution system with the aim of improving the sustainability of its public pensions. Nevertheless, private pensions plans will grow in importance as ...

  • How Effective Is Pension Fund Governance? Do Pension Funds Invest For The Long-Term? (2015)

    This study is part of a collection of pension fund governance research projects looking back over a period of 20 years. One of the motivations for this project was the FCLT ("Focusing Capital on the Long Term") initiative launched by McKinsey's Dominic Barton and the CPP's Mark Wiseman. In an article for the HBR, they said asset owners and asset managers needed to ...

  • KPMG

    China Pensions Outlook: Evolution, diversification, and convergence (KPMG, 2017)

    • 12 Dec 2017
    • Company: KPMG

    Given China's aging demographic and the underdeveloped nature of the country's overall pension system, rampant opportunities exist for asset managers to pick up the slack left by state-run pension funds. KPMG researchers describe the trends and latest developments for the three-pillared Chinese pension system in this annual report.

  • Morningstar

    Safe Withdrawal Rates for Japanese Retirees Today (Morningstar, 2017)

    Japan faces many retirement challenges. People are living longer, interest rates are at zero, and most personal financial assets are parked in low-return bank deposits. Each of these characteristics lowers the portion of savings a retiree can withdraw each year while safely expecting savings to reach the end of retirement. This portion is commonly known as the “safe ...

  • Standard Chartered Bank

    Ageing - Passing the baton to Asia (Standard Chartered, 2017)

    This 63-page paper by Standard Chartered examines the growth in ageing in Asia. In the past, ageing was a phenomenon often associated with Western countries but Asian economies are expected to age the fastest in the next phase. The authors of this paper assess the policy responses of countries in the region that most urgently need to tackle challenges related to ageing. They also ...

  • Mercer

    Asset Allocation of Pension Funds Around the World

    Around the world, there is a great amount of variance within the asset allocation of private pension plans. A recent OECD publication suggests that equity investements can range from less than 10% (in Japan and Germany) to over 45% (in the USA and Australia). This is one of several essential differences between countries' pension fund allocations. In this report, the available ...

  • Is Japan Cheap? Japanese Private Sector Pensions (2013)

    Value investors are currently paying particular attention to Japan because it is the one place in the world where there are plenty of really cheap companies. Recently this attention seems to have proven more fruitful as the economic policies advocated by Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe, popularly known as 'Abenomics' has excited the market. In all the research the author ...

  • FTSE Russell

    ESG integration into stewardship responsibilities by institutional investors in Japan (FTSE Russell, 2017)

    The introduction of the Japanese Stewardship Code has acted as a catalyst in promoting responsible ownership of investee companies by Japanese institutional investors. Over 200 institutional investor signatories proceeded to adopt the Code as of the end of 2016. These trends have further validated the notion that ESG and Stewardship have an important role to play in the effective ...

  • Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

    International Investment Disclosure Trends (AIST, 2017)

    AIST commissioned Martin Walsh to research international disclosure trends given that Australia is in the process of rolling out disclosure of 'fund of fund' fees and costs. The paper identifies best practice trends in the disclosure of investment fees and costs in the international capital markets. This will provide important context in the development of a next generation ...

  • Reserve Bank of Australia

    The Rise of Chinese Money Market Funds (Reserve Bank of Australia, 2017)

    Money market funds (MMFs) pool funds in an investment vehicle to invest in short-term, highly rated securities. The MMF sector in China has grown rapidly over the past few years and is now the world’s second largest by assets, though it is small compared with China’s domestic bank deposits. This growth has been driven by investors attracted by high yields relative to ...

  • Simulation Analysis for Evaluating Risk-Sharing Pension Plans (2016)

    This paper by Norio Hibiki (Keio University) and Masaaki Ono (Mizuho Pension Research Institute) evaluates a risk-sharing pension plan using the quantitative approach. It sorts out the concept for risk-sharing, and develops a plan design to share risks among the sponsoring company, the active partcipants and the retirees.