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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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.

Khazanah plans global asset buildup despite cuts

The Malaysian sovereign wealth fund has closed its London office and is reducing its Turkish presence yet it is keen to increase its foreign exposure as part of a portfolio overhaul.

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.

NPSs little yet large step for ESG in Korea

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.

Why Western instos are wary of Asian distressed debt

Fund firms are busy staffing up private debt teams in Asia with an eye on distressed and special situations opportunities. But they face challenges raising money from global investors.

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.

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.

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.

Japanese insurers on a global fixed-income hunt

With strong fundamentals, money to spend, and better credit ratings, Japans insurers are increasingly looking abroad for better risk-adjusted returns.

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.

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.

PE firm Berkeley Assets to expand to Asia; Loomis Sayles adds Asia credit PM; Pictet WM adds Asia head of investments; T. Rowe Price names senior equity analyst; TA Associates hires SVP and more.

s 13th annual Institutional Investment Forum in Seoul on April 10 for insight on investing into an uncertain future.

China mulls opening up further to foreign insurers

The country is mulling a raft of measures to further ease foreign access to its banking and insurance industries, a move that will likely lead to more foreign assets in the two sectors.

Instos seeking China access via hedge funds: survey

A survey of over 300 institutional investors by Credit Suisse reveals they are seeking to access emerging markets via hedge funds, particularly China.