Monthly Archives: August 2017

Pooled accounts business shrinks again as segregated grows

Most of the trust banks and life insurance cos managing money for pension funds in pooled accounts saw that business shrink in the year ending 31 March although both Mizuho Trust & Banking and Meiji Yasuda Life saw gains as … Continue reading

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Asset Management One leads pensions-business league

With 24.1 trillion yen in mandates from company and public-sector retirement schemes, newly formed Asset Management One became the country’s top manager of segregated Japanese pensions mandates in the year ending 31 March, figures from the Japan Investment Management Association show. … Continue reading

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MS&AD follows Nippon, Dai-ichi and Sony life cos into Australia

MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings is to pay 44 billion yen to acquire 6.3% of Australia’s Challenger Ltd, a provider of retirement-focused insurance and asset management services and a leading player in the country’s superannuation sector. The development follows Nippon Life’s … Continue reading

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Postal institutions keep asset allocation steady in Q1 2017/18

The asset allocations in the portfolios both Japan Post Insurance and Japan Post Bank barely budged in April-June their reports for the first quarter of the 2017/18 financial year show. At Post Insurance over half the portfolio remained in Japanese … Continue reading

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GPIF asset allocation: so far so good, what next?

The Government Pension Investment Fund has published both its investment results for the first quarter of the 2017-18 financial year, showing a 3.54% gain in the term, and the full version of its 2016-17 annual report.  The small shifts in … Continue reading

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Kato follows Shiozaki as new pensions new supervisor

In a cabinet reshuffle Katsunobu Kato  replaced Yasuhisa Shiozaki as Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, the department which oversees Japan’s corporate pension funds as well as the Government Pension Investment Fund and Serama. There have been no explanations of Mr … Continue reading

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Sumitomo and others trading houses launch US property funds

It has been a very long time coming but the logic of Japan’s giant trading houses using their knowledge of overseas property markets to create packages in which institutions at home can invest for income and/or capital appreciation has finally … Continue reading

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Orix’s Robeco appoints Shiro Tsubota as president for Japan

Robeco has announced the appointment of Shiro Tsubota as president and representative director of its Japan operations with immediate effect. He will report to Graham Elliot, managing director and head of Asia-Pacific distribution based in Hong Kong. Mr Tsubota previously … Continue reading

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