With a new regulatory regime in the making, the lifers’ relatively high allocation to domestic equity will incur a higher cost, and selling off can be either boom or bust.
As interest rates have started to move, the larger Japanese life insurers consider either unhedged US investments, or aiming for the eurozone.
The Singaporean state investment firm is among several Asian institutions that look set to drive growth in Turkey's asset management industry.
The regulator bans Yohichi Kumagai of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (Europe) over failings in a ruling that may deter Japanese firms from expanding into the UK.
Sumitomo Trust & Banking stakes growth in a mature pensions market on structuring fund products around its prop-desk activity.
The Japanese giant finds a way outside of Japan to combine its prop-desk activities in a fund structure for institutional clients.
The trust bank now ranks as the third-largest manager of Japanese pension money, behind Sumitomo and Barclays Global Investors.
Frank Khoo, Asia head at Axa Real Estate Investment Management, outlines the regional strategy behind tie-ups with Ping An Group and Sumitomo.
The trust bank has shot to the top in Japan as pension funds de-risk into passive mandates.
From AsianInvestor magazine: The steady returns from low-volatility funds of funds offer financial institutions comfort in an increasingly uncertain environment.
Singapore's GIC Real Estate plans to invest $1.3 billion in property in Japan over the next two years through a joint venture with Sumitomo.
Barclays Global Investors frees its hands of a legacy business, while Sumitomo Trust gains heft in fund administration.