South Korean institutional investors will continue to increase their allocations to overseas infrastructure next year, and transport facilities such as roads and airports remain their top pick within the sector, a survey of 21 chief investment officers of Korean pension funds and insurance firms shows.
Of the respondents, 85.7% saw an increase in their overseas infrastructure investment next year, while the remaining 14.3% chose “no change,” or “undecided.”
“Compared to the global real estate market where disputes are arising over high valuations on core assets, infrastructure looks more attractive,” said a Korean pension fund CIO.
The surveys were undertaken on the occasion of the ASK Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
By region, Australia won more votes than last year, reflecting growing interest in renewable energy facilities in the country.
For real estate, 52.4% of the respondents plan to boost investment in 2020, outnumbering those (42.9%) saying no change.
Overall, 71.4% of the 21 CIOs said they would increase allocations to alternatives next year.
Participants in the survey are as follows:
1. National Pension Service
2. Government Employees Pension Service
3. Korean Teachers’ Credit Union
4. Teachers’ Pension
5. Public Officials Benefit Association
6. Military Mutual Aid Association
7. Korea Scientists and Engineers Mutual-aid Association
8. Construction Workers Mutual Aid Association
9. Police Mutual Aid Association
10. Yellow Umbrella Mutual Aid Fund
11. Korea Fire Officials Credit Union
12. DB Insurance
13. Hanwha Life Insurance
14. Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance
15. KB Insurance
16. Kyobo Life Insurance
17. Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance
18. Nonghyup Life Insurance
19. Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
20. Samsung Life Insurance
21. Shinhan Life Insurance
By Sang-yeol Lee and Hyun-il Lee