Monthly Archives: May 2017

R&I annual awards to institutional investment firms announced

It’s a sunny day in Tokyo and especially so for Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking, Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management and Wellington Management Japan, each of which has just scored three places in Rating & Investment’s annual awards to managers used … Continue reading

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Heavy lifting on re-allocation looms for public service pensions

The Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations, known as KKR, seems to have  put a flurry of activities in hand ahead announcing its  results for the year to 31 March. The pension fund has committed to bringing … Continue reading

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FSA commissioner Mori boxes investment trusts’ ears

“Japanese investment trusts, or toushin, saw the first outflow of funds in six months in April, industry data showed on Tuesday, following scathing criticism of the industry from the head of the country’s financial watchdog” Reuters reports. Much depends here … Continue reading

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Postal institutions keep portfolio composition fairly steady

Investment assets at the mighty Japan Post Bank rose 1.13% in the year to 31 March 2017 to reach 287,193.4 billion yen while those of sister institution Japan Post Insurance fell by 1.37% to 80.336.7bn yen, according to the pair’s … Continue reading

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Post Bank & Post Insurance results for year to 31 March 2017

The results for the financial year ending 31 March 2017 for Japan Post Bank and Japan Post insurance are here and here. Analysis of the it their asset portfolios will appear on this blog soon.

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Stark picture in new population projections to 2065

Excellent commentary by Jun Saito of the Japan Centre for Economic Research  on the economic implications of the The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research’s latest demographic projections. The forecasts cover the period to 2065 when the country … Continue reading

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Privately placed investment trusts saw record year in 2016-17

Assets under management in privately placed investment stock and bond trusts rose by 20.78% in the year ending 31 March 2017 to reach a record 76,826.0 billion yen, figures just published by the Investment Trust Association and analysed by the … Continue reading

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In investment trusts Nomura still top by size but GCI by growth

The investment trust business regained some poise in the year ended 31 March 2017 with assets under management in publicly offered stock and bond mutual funds rising by 6.87% to 98,774.3 billion yen following a 12-month term in which they … Continue reading

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Fitch gives Japan’s insurance companies best possible ratings

Fitch Ratings has set the long-term, issue default ratings’ (IDR) ‘outlook’ of all ten Japanese insurance companies at ‘stable’. The move follows ratings reviews and upgrades of the individual firms’ debt lines  (see below). For eight of the firms — … Continue reading

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Nomura Asset Management shows up for shareholder value

Nomura Asset Management has become the first major Japanese asset manager  to unveil how it voted on proposals put to shareholders’ meetings of companies in which it is invested. The statement is available in Japanese only and neither it nor … Continue reading

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