Monthly Archives: January 2013

Japanese insurers rise further in worldwide rankings

Tokyo is home to six of the world’s biggest insurance companies by both premiums written and assets, according to the latest annual ranking from leading insurer ratings firm A.M. Best. All the Japanese firms featured in the league tables, based … Continue reading

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The Abé road to Government Pension Investment Fund vigour

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pointed to the need to “build more sophisticated investment and risk management structures for public funds” such as pensions, as part of the economic stimulus plan he unveiled this week, he put a familiar objective … Continue reading

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Why Japan’s corporate pension funds will not be buying gold

When the history of how the world’s media misleads itself comes to be written, an account of how, in 2012, the investment press reported on the likelihood of Japanese pension funds buying gold will deserve a special place. It is a tale of … Continue reading

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Trust banks still big on JGBs

Japanese trust banks had marketable securities of 332.66 trillion yen in their investment portfolios at the close of the financial half year on 30 September 2012, 1.34% down on the level at 1 April. These assets continue to make up … Continue reading

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