BLF invites bids for $1.4bn absolute-return portfolio

The state pension fund is inviting fund houses to bid for a broadly-defined domestic mandate that is targeting an initial investment return of just under 6%.

The Bureau of Labor Funds is inviting bids for a five-year domestic investment mandate of up to NT$42 billion $1.4 billion, which pursues a strategy that…

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Pictet AM hires Asia chief to succeed Amy Cho

The Swiss fund house is bringing in senior executives from rival TCW to fill two roles, rebuilding its client coverage after the recent departures of Amy Cho and Carmen Lai.

FWD adds M&A expert to drive expansion; BlackRock hires China chief; Barclays hires structuring head; State Street appoints international head; BMO Global AM hires alts chief; and more.

Koreas NPS to boost foreign assets by up to 50%

The worlds third largest pension fund has devised an ambitious global strategy to play catch-up with its five-year investment return target.

EPF seen eyeing US branch amid global buildout plans

With its investment outsourcing growth slowing in 2018, Malaysias biggest public pension fund is on course to strengthen its in-house investment capabilities.

Five Apac instos named among top global ESG investors

A study on asset owners commitment to responsible investing ranked five Asia Pacific institutions highly but also found the gap between the best and the rest to be very large.

The Singaporean fund remains the worlds standout SWF tech investor due to the number and breadth of its deals, which cut across software, biotech and fintech, a new report shows.

Asian instos pile into bond ETFs despite liquidity fears

Asset owners and investment managers are allocating more to fixed income exchange-traded funds despite many citing worries about such products underlying liquidity.

Korea pension CIOs call for more hands on deck

Teachers Pension and Poba are hunting for experts who can manage growing overseas alternative investments, but they face an uphill struggle to hire them.

Future Fund adds another deputy CIO; Sunsuper names strategy head; Taikang Life hires property specialist; Ostrum sets up Asia team; Amelie Remond exits Aberdeen; JLL and CBRE ring senior changes; and more.

GEPS and Poba will be using more ETFs in 2019 as the higher fees associated with active management become harder to justify. And its not just in equities; credit is also in the frame.

Taiwans BLF plans EM mandate of up to $2bn

The state pension funds deputy director general spoke to

about its plans for the equity portfolio, which is likely to be split between five sizeable asset managers.

BLF invites bids for $1.5bn EM equity mandate

The Taiwanese state pension fund has issued a request for proposal for an overseas equity portfolio that will employ factor strategies.

Taiwans BLF plans first-ever domestic ESG mandate

The $124 billion state retirement fund is giving out an ESG mandate that tracks a sustainability index that is newly launched in Taiwan.

BLF seeks youthful appreciation with ESG embrace

The Bureau of Labor Funds is focused on adding environmental, social and governance factors into its overall portfolio to cater to a rising interest in these areas by younger people.

Eastspring loses a global strategist; Australias Hostplus names new head of insurance; Munich Re shunts executive to be CEO of Korea; Allianzs Philippines JV promotes COO to CEO; Savills shifts global CEO role to Singapore with new hire, and more.

Pension funds ramping up focus on tech and data

Institutional investors such as the UKs Coal Pension Trustees and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan are taking different routes to increasing their use of emerging technologies.

Responsible investing has traditionally been low on the agenda in chaebol-dominated Korea but the need to diversify could yet force a new approach among the countrys asset owners.

GEPS and Poba will be using more ETFs in 2019 as the higher fees associated with active management become harder to justify. And its not just in equities; credit is also in the frame.