Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mitsubishi gears up pension product power

With two moves in just three days giant Japanese trading concern Mitsubishi Corporation could be quietly building a capability to offer property and private equity products to institutional investors. The company has expertise in several industrial sectors and early access to opportunities in them via … Continue reading

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Yen bonds all the way in life companies’ H2 investment plans

Japan’s life companies have just announced their investment plans for the second half of the 2011/2012 financial year.  At the end of August they had assets of 319,129 billion yen. The headlines tell most of the story but there are interesting sidelights … Continue reading

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GPIF world’s biggest institutional investor but compatriots lag

GPIF has easily retained its No 1 slot in aiCIO magazine’s annual global ranking of institutional investors but only four more Japanese entities make the top 50. This lack of corporate clout is notable in a nation so rich in capital it … Continue reading

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Leak indicates long, final round for civil service pension plans

After a decade of talking, reform of civil service pension schemes so as to align their benefits and contributions with those of private sector defined-benefit plans now looks set to happen – in about another seven years. The Nikkei news … Continue reading

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