Monthly Archives: December 2017

GPIF seeks provider of information on investment strategies

The Government Pension Investment Fund is inviting firms with “sufficient expertise and know-how … and have past experience [of] providing information on investment strategy to institutional investors in Japan or abroad [for] no less than 10 years” to submit proposals … Continue reading

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Top 20 corporate pension funds are from finance and pharma

Financial conglomerates, pharmaceuticals companies and a sprinkling of technology firms dominate the list of Japan’s top 20 corporate pension funds by assets under management, according to an annual poll Nenkin Joho, the fortnightly newsletter published by Rating & Investment Information, … Continue reading

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GPIF opts for funds of funds for move into domestic real estate

The Government Pension Investment Fund is making its first move into domestic property investment via funds of funds vehicles and has mandated Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking to advise on  implementing the “core strategy” for this part of its portfolio, … Continue reading

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Japan third largest economy after India by 2030, USA still no.1

Another excellent report from the Japan Centre for Economic Research this time giving its mid-term forecasts for Asian Economies 2017-2030 and pointing up comparisons with Japan’s economic evolution. A taste: “The forecasts were compiled on the assumption that [countries’] ability … Continue reading

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GPIF said to be ¥10tr up in Q3, start peformance fees in 2018

The Government Pension Investment Fund will begin introducing performance fees for mandates awarded to active managers of both domestic and foreign stocks and bonds from the start of the next financial year on 1 April 2018, according to a story … Continue reading

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Steady Q2 for business and allocations at Tokyo fund managers

Tokyo’s asset management firms enjoyed a steady second quarter, figures from the Japan Investment Advisors Association show, with mandates in issue up 1.3% to 7,319 and assets under management rising 3.0% to 2,285,192 billion yen with a good part of … Continue reading

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First half profits up, assets down at Japan Post Insurance

Investment income at Japan Post Insurance in the first half of 2017/18 was 5.5% down year-on-year to 640.9 billion yen, reflecting a 2.11% drop in the value of its assets under management to 78,639.3bn yen, even as its net profits … Continue reading

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GPIF signs up Sony to study impact of AI on asset management

Sony Computer Science Laboratories will partner the Government Pension Investment Fund in studying how artificial intelligence can contribute to GPIF’s long-term asset management, according to an announcement on the Fund’s web site. In addition the tie-up will look on an … Continue reading

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