Monthly Archives: October 2012

Meiji Yasuda Life looks to cut foreign bond holdings

Japan’s third-largest privately held life insurance company plans to invest more in domestic bonds and cut foreign bond purchases over the next six months, Toshihiko Yamashita, chief executive of Meiji Yasuda Life’s investment division, told a news conference on 26 October.  Foreign … Continue reading

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AIJ collapse brings an end to Employee Pension Funds

The implosion in March of AIJ Investment Advisors will lead to EPFs being abolished within a decade, according to Nenkin Joho, a [subscription only] fortnightly newsletter published by the actuarial consulting arm of the Nikkei newspaper. A decision by the … Continue reading

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Only one world: pension funds, asset managers and markets

Over 83% of the world’s US$27.5 trillion in defined-benefit pension assets comes from just four countries: the US, Japan, the UK and Canada, according to Towers Watson. At least 20% of that US$12.9tr is today invested outside its home jurisdiction. … Continue reading

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GPIF to commission study on moving into alternatives

The Government Pension Investment Fund is shortly to select one bidder from among 13 to  “research how [it] should implement [sic] alternative assets, including private equity, infrastructure and real estate into its investment strategy”, according to PE Asia. Quoting an unnamed source … Continue reading

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GPIF says yes to private equity, no to hedge funds

In yet another example of a Reuters story in English which is unfindable by searching in the company’s archive, where it is present in Japanese, Government Pension Investment Fund chief Takahiro Mitani told the news service in a 4 October interview that:    “We are considering expanding our investment … Continue reading

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GPIF line-up changes knock BlackRock off national top spot

The Government Pension Investment Fund has substantially changed its line up of domestic bond managers, Reuters reports.  As a result of the shift BlackRock Japan appears to have lost it place as the nation’s top firm by pension assets under … Continue reading

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