To Entice Foreign Capital, China Relaxes Regulations

Although still miniscule in nature, the Chinese Qualified Foreign Investor (QFII) program will—if proposed regulation passes—raise limits, lower minimums, and reduce lockups for foreign institutions, a sign of encouragement for foreigners wishing to pour money into the country.

Korea and Barclays, Sensing an Opening, Pounce on Resources

In further evidence of the resurgence in resources and the willingness of SWF to partner with western investors, British bank Barclays is in talks with the South Korean Natural Resources Fund about joint investments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Keith Ambachtsheer, Conscience of the Pension World

Ambachtsheer, the Director of the University of Toronto’s Rotman International Centre for Pension Management, has been talking about pension governance for years. It will come as no surprise, then, that ai5000 sought out the man who, if anyone can be, is the conscience of the pension world.

Sensing a Trend, Institutions Invest in Green

While some continue to refute that human action is causing global climate change, institutions—sensing a trend—gradually are allocating funds to green investing.

In Signs of Change, CPPIB Goes for Growth

Often focusing more on infrastructure—dams, roads, railways—the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) has joined forces with venture capitalists to buy Internet communications company Skype, possibly signaling a move toward riskier assets for Canada’s large defined benefit plans.

In Symbolic Move, FSA Shutting Defined Benefit Scheme

Although small fish itself, the regulator’s initiative to move existing final-salary scheme members into a defined contribution plan signals the end of an era – and may in fact encourage others to do the same.