World pension systems face reform challenges as people live longer

Significant reform of pension systems is needed in several countries, according to the results of a survey of schemes in 27 countries.

Investors scramble for real estate opportunities in crowded Asia Pacific markets

Real estate activity in the Asia Pacific region next year will continue to display solid inflows of capital in search of investment opportunities and safe havens, says a report from PwC.

Australian hedge fund industry shows strong growth in assets under management

Treasury reforms, financial innovation and growing demand are driving interest in Australia’s hedge fund industry, according to Alternative Investment Management Association (Aima).

Fidante Partners buys Guernsey-based alternative investments group Dexion Capital

Consolidation in the alternative area continues with the acquisition by Challenger’s boutique funds management division, Fidante Partners, of Dexion Capital Holdings, a European alternative investments group.

Asian fund passport moves a step closer

At the end of February, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand released a joint consultation on the proposed arrangements that will govern the Asia region funds passport.

Global economy warrants more optimism in 2015 says Deutsche Bank report

The global economy will accelerate in 2015 with above trend expansion in the US outpacing weak and uneven growth in Europe, according to Deutsche Bank's January hedge fund trends report.

CPPIB commits investments to Canadian private equity and Australian infrastructure

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is investing an additional C$330m ($265m) in the Canadian private equity market, the company said in a statement.

Changes in 2014 and what to expect in 2015

End of the year retrospectives are sometimes useful. For the alternative investment funds industry, it could be cathartic.