Monthly Archives: February 2013

Japan still a heavyweight in worldwide pensions league

With pension fund assets under management totalling US$3,721 billion at the end of 2012, Japan’s job-based retirement hoard was worth just over 20% that of the US, according to Towers Watson’s latest annual Global Pension Assets Study. The proportion becomes a hefty … Continue reading

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Insurers may be selling local equities to buy foreign stocks

“Leading life and nonlife insurers [have] plans to sell over 1 trillion yen in shares in the three years starting fiscal 2013” according a 15 February report in the Nikkei which cited no source for the forecast and provided no supporting evidence. Fiscal 2013 begins on … Continue reading

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Big rise likely in Japanese pension funds’ foreign investment

Japan’s pension funds will send a wall of money overseas once they become convinced that the seemingly inexorable rise of the yen has finally been tamed. Collectively worth 285 trillion yen*, the country’s retirement schemes rank in value only behind … Continue reading

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