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Pension fund management has undergone various changes in response to the financial crisis that ensued from Lehman Brothers' 2008 collapse. For example, pension funds have been rethinking policy portfolios' role in pension asset management or adopting more dynamic approaches to risk management, such as tactically adjusting asset allocations in repose to changes in the environment. A typical case in point is the Danish public pension fund ATP, which has partitioned its asset portfolio into two buckets: liability matched assets and assets invested in the aim of boosting returns. ATP dynamically adjusts its asset allocation based on the size of its pension funding surplus.
Chinese Capital Markets
With China's 2007 QFII fund boom still fresh in memory, QDII funds are showing signs of renewed growth in 2010 following a multiyear lull. Offshore advisory services provided to QDII funds by foreign asset managers are becoming increasingly specialized against a backdrop of diversification of investor preferences and a pickup in QDII approvals by Chinese authorities.