Monthly Archives: September 2015

Are interest rates or demographics driving asset allocation?

Every year J.P.Morgan Asset Management (Japan) asks a selection of corporate defined-benefit pension funds about their asset allocation intentions and generously makes the results available in a report which it publishes free of charge. Even more kindhearted would be the … Continue reading

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GPIF publishes annual report, MFS Investment sparkles

The Government Pension Investment Fund’s annual report for the year to 31 March 2015 appeared on 18 September and is here. Much of what appears in the publication is already known – not least because the report for the first … Continue reading

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Japan funds in world’s top 300 – yet do not fit study’s findings

The world’s largest 300 pension funds grew by over 3% in 2014 to reach a total value of US$15 trillion, the latest annual study of the industry leaders by actuarial consultants Towers Watson reveals. Perhaps more significantly the funds’ aggregate … Continue reading

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Japan signs up to idea of Asia-Pacific retail funds passport

Japan has become a surprise participant in a “statement of understanding” aimed at furthering the creation of an Asia-Pacific Funds Passport for mutual investment vehicles, according to the Australian Financial Review. The weekend edition of the AFR notes that the … Continue reading

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Top jobs nobody seems to want: Part II

An excellent Financial Times report on Japan Post Group’s so far fruitless efforts to recruit a new president before it goes public in November notes that the firm suffers from a  “stubborn hierarchy of anti-reformers”. There is also still no … Continue reading

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