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Asia-Pacific's pension funds find new ways to spend 'risk budget'

Direct loans, real estate and single-manager hedge funds are the top alternative asset types that pension funds in Asia-Pacific are using to accelerate their growth.

TODAY'S pension funds face severe headwinds. Weak investment returns, a shrinking workforce and longer life expectancy of retirees have left the pensions industry in Asia-Pacific (APAC) facing a growing funding gap.

These challenges are driving pension funds to strike a new balance on