Japanese life cos still looking to foreign bonds for returns

Most Japanese life insurers plan to increase investments in foreign bonds in the year to March 2018 as Japanese government bonds yields are still too low for them, a roundup by Reuters of the firms’ recently announced investment intentions shows.

For coverage in greater depth of each companies’ intentions, including comments on reductions in forex hedging, click the individual links below:

Asahi Mutual Life, Daido Life, Dai-Ichi Life, Fukoku Life, Japan Post Insurance, Meiji Yasuda, Mitsui Life, Nippon Life, Sumitomo Life and Taiyo Life.

For results of previous Reuters survey covering life soc’ investment intentions for April-October 2017 see archive 2017-5-1 Life cos’ shape up in foreign debt, infrastructure markets investment

For how actual allocations stood at 2017-6-30 see archive 2017-9-13 Life cos’ allocations steady, Post supposedly set for change. Actual numbers at end-September coming soon.

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