The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has led a wave of Canadian investment in the Asia-Pacific region, accounting for 73 per cent of all pension fund investment there, writes Michael Katz for Chief Investment Office.
From 2003 to 2017, Canadian funds invested $25 billion in the region, according to a new report, writes Katz. “The report said the pension funds are focusing their investments on key markets that contain an increasing share of the world’s middle-class consumers, such as India and China,” he adds.
“As consumption grows in the world’s two most populous countries, the bottom line of Canadians’ retirement packages may benefit from the increased performance of the pension fund investments in these economies,” he quotes the report saying.
“Investments in sectors such as real estate and logistics are currently the way in which these pension funds are tapping into these high-growth markets … it looks like, at least for the immediate future, tying Canadian pensions to Asia is paying dividends on both sides of the Pacific.”
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