Monthly Archives: August 2015

Few ‘promising’ products in a 1.4 quadrillion yen market

On 31 March 2014, Japan’s asset management market was nearing a mighty 1.5 quadrillion yen (then US$ 14.25 trillion). Yet by the close of the calendar year on 31 December the Nomura Research Institute was noting in its annual report … Continue reading

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GPIF gets Q1 return of 1.9%, settles into new asset allocation

The Government Pension Investment Fund has announced a first quarter 2015-16 return of 1.92% on its 141.121 trillion yen portfolio which is made up of 37.95% domestic bonds, 23.39% domestic equities, 13.08% international bonds, 22.32% international equities and 3.27% short-term assets. … Continue reading

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Life insurers finally put 18-year nightmare behind them

When Japan’s Big Four private sector life insurers unveiled record first quarter profits last week and one became the third of the quartet to announce a major overseas acquisition, they marked an end to eighteen years of repeated consolidations in … Continue reading

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Asset managers’ defined-benefit pension business hits record

The value of Japanese defined-benefit pension assets invested via segregated accounts at fund management firms rose 10.86% in the 2014/15 financial year to close the term on 31 March at 115,896.4 yen billion yen spread across 4,769 mandates, 241 fewer … Continue reading

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