Funding supervisor Franklin Templeton is to open a contact workplace within the South Korean metropolis of Jeonju in the course of the first half of this yr as a part of its efforts to strengthen its relationship and cooperation with the nation’s Nationwide Pension Service (NPS).

NPS is headquartered in Jeonju, a small metropolis 200 kilometres south of Seoul within the province of Jeollabuk-do.

Tariq Ahmad,

Franklin Templeton

“NPS is certainly one of our largest strategic institutional purchasers in Asia-Pacific,” Tariq Ahmad, co-head of Asia Pacific at Franklin Templeton, informed AsianInvestor. “The opening of a devoted Franklin Templeton contact workplace in Jeonju is evident recognition of our dedication to NPS as we additional strengthen our institutional presence in Korea.” 

He mentioned the corporate’s Jeonju workplace would supporting NPS by performing a liaison perform for the general public pension fund that would come with market analysis and evaluation.

“We’re at present evaluating assets, leveraging the robust workforce which now we have in Korea,” Ahmad mentioned when requested about staffing plans for the brand new workplace.


Franklin Templeton’s Seoul workplace opened in 1997, and is residence to funding and gross sales groups targeted on servicing institutional purchasers. The agency’s Jeonju workplace might be a contact workplace devoted to supporting NPS by performing a liaison perform, alongside market analysis and evaluation.

“Franklin Templeton’s Jeonju workplace is not going to simply strengthen their traces of communication and collaboration with NPS, however can even play an vital position within the total improvement of the native monetary providers sector and the broader group in Jeollabuk-do Province,” NPS chairman and chief govt Kim Tae-hyun mentioned in a launch from Franklin Templeton.

Kim Tae-hyun, NPS’s chairman and chief govt officer, acquired a go to from Franklin Templeton president and chief govt Jenny Johnson final week.

NPS has been managing its property by means of Franklin Templeton since 2001, and at present makes use of its providers to  put money into asset lessons together with equities, fixed-income, non-public property, actual property and infrastructure.

“We’ve got liaison workplaces in different elements of the world catering to the wants of particular institutional purchasers,” Ahmad mentioned, declining to call particular areas and purchasers.

Franklin Templeton established a South Korean three way partnership named Templeton Hana Asset Administration with Hana Monetary Group in 2006, and in 2021 it entered a strategic partnership with Woori Asset Administration.


Franklin Templeton’s transfer is a welcome step for NPS, which has confronted challenges amid the relocation of its headquarters from Seoul to Jeonju, a course of that began in 2017.

Former NPS chairman and chief govt Kim Sung-joo pushed for the relocation of NPS funding administration’s headquarters to Jeonju as a member of a Nationwide Meeting well being and welfare committee from 2012 to 2016, when he misplaced his parliamentary seat. President Moon Jae-in appointed him as head of the state-run pension fund in 2017.

Kim left NPS in January 2020, 10 months earlier than the tip of his time period, so he might stand in a normal election in April on the ticket of the ruling Democratic Occasion. 

NPS was negatively affected by the relocation, which was adopted by years of disquiet inside its funding groups. The transfer led to an exodus of workers that didn’t need to transfer or commute to Jeonju, sources with information of the matter informed AsianInvestor.

A former funding skilled at NPS earlier informed AsianInvestor that the relocation had additionally created challenges for relations with asset managers and different contacts within the funding trade.

“Though we’re the third-largest pension fund on the earth, massive asset supervisor names like Blackstone is not going to come all the way down to Jeonju when their senior individuals go to Korea,” the funding skilled mentioned on situation of anonymity. “We’ve got to return and meet them in Seoul.” 

NPS, which was managing W915.3 trillion ($724.7 billion) of property as of October 31, 2022, suffered a cumulative lack of 5.29%, or W51 trillion, on these investments in the course of the first 10 months of final yr. That in contrast with a 7.06% loss after the primary 9 months of final yr.



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