Canadian Pensions Look to Asian Public Markets

Most public pensions whether in the United States or Canada have minuscule asset exposure to Chinese public equity markets. There are numerous reasons for this including China’s tight controls on foreign capital. More public investors have greater access to these Chinese markets through private equity funds and other joint ventures.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) wants substantial access in Asian public equity markets. Already the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has an office presence in Hong Kong. Sovereign wealth funds such as the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) have opened offices in mainland China. The CPPIB has been a heavy investor in Asia and Australia with 8.5% of total assets in those regions since December 2011. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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