Monthly Archives: June 2013

Japan’s massive life companies sector hunts abroad for yield

Foreign securities accounted for 16.2% of Japanese life insurers’ portfolios at the end of the financial year on 31 March. This is the highest proportion since 2007 when overseas holdings made up 18.8% of then total assets of 206.37 trillion yen. … Continue reading

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State Street sees rosy future for outsourcing, basis unclear

The Trend Toward Outsourcing: A case study of Japan, the latest in State Street Corp’s  “Thought Leadership: Vision Focus” series, makes many common sense points which newcomers to the country tend to overlook. For example,  since 2008 there has been … Continue reading

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GPIF generated bliss bound to turn to post-coital blues

It is hard to know what to make of Friday’s announcement by Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s largest institutional investor, that it is changing its target asset allocations. In a joint press conference with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare — … Continue reading

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Abe’s pensions arrow falls far short of supposed target

The much trailed public pensions revamp included in Prime Minster Abe’s speech firing off the “third arrow” of the Liberal Democratic Party’s “National Growth Strategy”, turns out to be aimed at nothing new. It proposes expert examinations of the Government … Continue reading

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Pension Fund Association achieves double-digit gains

The Pension Fund Association achieved a 15.43% time-weighted return on its portfolio in the year ending 31 March, bringing its total assets to 10,744.6bn, a rise of 10.15% on the previous year, according to its preliminary annual results. The wide … Continue reading

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