Asian Retirement Markets 2022
Weaving Stable Safety Nets
Grow Retirement Assets in Asia
- Evaluate the development of third-pillar retirement in various markets
- Assess the adoption of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) by pension institutional investors
- Understand how retirement investments will be managed in a post-pandemic era
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Evaluate the Asia-Pacific retirement sector in Australia and key North Asian and Southeast Asian markets. The report examines the current state of the retirement industry and regulatory developments in each market. It also explores the opportunities and challenges faced by asset managers in terms of product development and outsourcing opportunities, from both the retail and institutional perspectives.
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A Note from the Author
China Develops its Third Pillar
Ken Yap, CFA
Managing Director, Asia
Ken Yap is managing director of Cerulli’s Asia Pacific office. He oversees Cerulli’s business development strategy and research initiatives in the region. For more than 20 years, Ken has worked with asset managers, distributors, and financial institutions, identifying expansion opportunities with his deep knowledge of the market. He specializes in product development and market entry strategies into Asia’s established and emerging markets.
Prior to leading the Singapore office, Ken covered local and global asset management and distribution trends in Cerulli’s London and Boston offices. Before joining Cerulli, Ken was a consultant at Analysys’ Cambridge office in the U.K.
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Retirement income insecurity is a serious problem for many Asian countries. With dwindling working-age populations, many markets might need to roll out various third-pillar products and schemes to encourage voluntary retirement savings.
Of the private or retail retirement markets in Asia ex-Japan, China has been the most active recently. In April 2022, China launched its third-pillar private pension scheme, allowing participants to invest in multiple pension investment products, including deposits, bank wealth management products, mutual funds, and other financial products through individual accounts.
This is creating opportunities for diverse financial services providers, including fund managers. More importantly, the success of these efforts could set an example of how other markets can provide retirement security by opening up their private retirement markets to more schemes, products, and providers.
Cerulli’s latest report, Asian Retirement Markets 2022—Weaving Stable Safety Nets, assesses the retirement landscape in Australia, Japan, North Asian, and Southeast Asian markets. As the region faces a fast-aging population, Cerulli believes there are opportunities for asset managers to offer unique propositions to pension funds or the under-developed third pillar to help fill the retirement income gap and ensure asset sustainability for future payouts.
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