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The world’s 300 largest pension funds – year ended 2017


September 19, 2018

Assets under management (AUM) at the world’s largest pension funds increased in value by 15.1% in 2017 to reach a total of $18.1 trillion, a significant increase from the 6.1% growth achieved in 2016, according to the latest global 300 research from Willis Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute.

Willis Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute in conjunction with Pensions & Investments, a leading U.S. investment newspaper, shows the top 20 funds account for 41.1% of the AUM in the ranking, marking a slight increase from 40.3% in the previous year. Emerging markets have become more prominent in the rankings in recent years, with the Employees’ Provident Fund (India) a new entrant into the top 20 in 2017. A total of four new entrants from emerging market countries have entered the top 20 over the last ten years, from Asia (3) and Africa (1).

Roger Urwin, global head of investment content at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The increased number of the largest funds originating from emerging market regions is reflective of a longer-term trend, with a great deal of progress being made in terms of governance structures and resiliency. These countries are especially interesting to monitor as they are typically in the earlier stages of maturity and can continue to adapt and develop their investment models.”

Infographic: The world's largest 300 pension funds

For the full report, visit the Willis Towers Watson Thinking Ahead Institute library.

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