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World's 300 largest pension funds' assets balloon to a record $23.6tn

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The 300 largest pension funds in the world saw their assets under management (AUM) increase by 8.9% to a record $23.6 trillion in 2021, said a study.

According to a report from the Willis Towers Watson (WTW)'s Thinking Ahead Institute, while total AUM has reached record highs, growth has slowed from 11.5% in 2020 to 8.9% in 2021. This was to be expected after a very strong performance in asset markets over 2020; however, the latest performance is enough to take five-year cumulative growth to 50.2% in the period between 2016 and 2021.

The not-for-profit group - which was founded by WTW said that North America now accounts for 45.6% of assets of the 300 largest pension funds, up from 41.7% at the end of 2020. European pension funds account for 25.9%, and Asia-Pacific for 25.5%, with the remaining 4% from Latin America and Africa.

North America's increased global share was largely powered by the fastest annualized growth in invested assets, up 9.2%, followed by Europe (+8.3%), Asia Pacific (+8.0%), and Latin America and Africa (+3.9%) during the same period.

The U.S. now accounts for 39.6% of the top 300 pension fund AuM and has almost half the funds in the ranking, with 148. After the U.S., the countries with the largest number of pension funds in the ranking are the U.K. (23), Canada (18), Australia (15), the Netherlands (12), and Japan (11).

Since 2016, a total of 37 new funds have entered the ranking, with the U.S. accounti......................

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