GPIF bucks the trend. But for many of Japan's largest pension funds, assets under management are shrinking, AsianInvestor's annual AI300 rankings show.
Japan’s public pension fund is testing new technology on its investment portfolio, which is advancing its plans to add artificial intelligence into its investment management.
Japanese investors are alone this year among asset owners in seeing a decline in their aggregate AUM, AsianInvestor's annual AI300 rankings show.
The ability of the country's smaller corporate pension funds to nimbly invest offshore could be affected by discussions to convert governance guidelines into enforceable rules.
Despite being seen as undervalued, Japan's equity market faces multiple challenges that are deterring allocators, finds Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s fund manager survey.
Sizeable exposure to overseas markets has helped the huge Japanese pension fund stave off a rout after a turbulent period, underlining why others are following suit.
Low yields on local government bonds have led Japanese corporate pension funds to diversify into foreign assets. But they face new challenges offshore too.
Annual survey shows allocations to alternatives now account for more than a fifth of corporate pension fund investments. How long it can keep on rising is another question.
A relatively early entry into illiquid assets has offered stability for the Japanese corporate pension fund, although return compromises have been necessary
Listed companies are responding to pressure for greater disclosure on issues such as carbon emissions, according to the Japanese pension fund and its carbon index provider
Geopolitical tensions and a low-interest-rate environment is causing some of the country's asset owners to seek diversification in their investment portfolios.
The pension fund's assertive approach on managers has helped cut management costs, but it's yet to be emulated by its peers in Asia. However, that could change.
Alternatives still remain a small part of the world largest pension fund's investments. But they're growing fast, so far led by real estate allocations.
The world's largest pension fund endured a 2017/2018 fiscal year with ups and downs, and 2019 might be the year where it parts ways with perhaps its most important asset: its CIO.
Leading Japanese asset owners and fund managers convened for AsianInvestor's 8th annual Institutional Investment Forum in Tokyo on June 18 for insight on investing amid uncertainty.
There may be a growing amount of pension fund capital coming out of Japan but it's still being invested along traditional lines, despite increased networking with foreign peers.
For now, it's mainly just the bigger players, including Japan Post Bank. In future, there could also be some potential to exploit ESG inconsistencies across the global corporate landscape.
China launched an ETF Connect with Japan just a week after the start of the Shanghai-London Connect. But the new scheme may not sit well with institutional investors.
Despite the market's improved mood music, investment experts have reined in their expectations for this weekend's Osaka summit and remain wary of the economic downside.
The country's investors are facing risks stemming from the cost of hedging US dollar-denominated alternative investments, and are trying to overcome them via various means.