Monthly Archives: March 2013

Institutional mandates up, Japan’s managers race to year end

Assets under discretionary management by member firms of the Japan Investment Advisors’ Association hit 142,952.1 billion yen*  at the end of December, 15.26% up on a year ago and 10.12% up on the previous quarter’s close on 30  September 2012. … Continue reading

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Abe puts wages in the driving seat to reverse deflation

As the world waits to see if Japan’s plan to pour trillions of yen into public works will  finally manage to banish two decades of deflation, an even bolder plan is afoot. And it does not even involve bossing the … Continue reading

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GPIF coffers swell despite decumulation, missing benchmarks

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund saw some spectacular returns in the quarter ending December 2012 but beat the benchmark on only one of its four main portfolio components.  The Fund is now set to see an asset allocation shakeup as … Continue reading

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Foreign assets up at life cos, steady at trust banks – for now

Japanese life insurance companies’ foreign securities holdings rose 21.% to 53,441 billion yen in the year to 31 December 2012, figures from their industry body show. About 50% of the gain came in the last three months. Total assets climbed over the … Continue reading

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