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Panasonic to shift retirement benefits program to DC from DB
Panasonic Corp., the Japanese electronics giant, announced Friday it would change its retirement benefits program to a defined contribution plan from its current defined benefit plan.
PIMCO adds Japanese interest rate portfolio manager in Tokyo
Ki Cho joined PIMCO in Tokyo as a senior vice president and Japanese interest rate portfolio manager.
CPPIB launches Tokyo real estate venture with GE Capital
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Toronto, and GE Capital Real Estate created the Tokyo Office Venture, a partnership that invests in midsize offices in the Japanese capital's central business district.
Gottex, Astmax to offer absolute-return strategies to Japanese institutional investors
Gottex Fund Management and Tokyo-based Astmax Asset Management announced Thursday an agreement to work together to provide institutional investors in Japan with absolute-return-focused investment strategies, including hedge funds and multiasset approaches.
Japan, China buck trend of global decline
The downward trend in risk levels around the world continued into the first quarter of 2013, with two notable exceptions: Japan and China, according to the Axioma Insight Quarterly Risk Review.
Loomis Sayles portfolio managers discuss the impacts of Japanese monetary stimulus
Loomis Sayles portfolio managers David Rolley and Kevin Kearns support the Bank of Japan's monetary stimulus program, but with different views of an optimistic outcome.
Japan's new economics and reforms underpin dynamics
It is a well-known saying in the investment community that Japanese equities should be occasionally rented, but never owned. Are there any reasons to believe the current market rally is different? Dramatic changes are now taking place in Japan. What we are witnessing is a very real opportunity for
KKR appoints new CEO for Japan business
Hirofumi Hirano will join KKR Japan as managing director and CEO, effective April 15.
Japanese equity team joins BNY Mellon from ING
A six-person Japanese equities investment team led by Miyuki Kashima will join BNY Mellon Asset Management Japan from ING Mutual Funds Management Co. (Japan).
Nikko Asset Management president to step down
Bill Wilder will retire as president of Nikko Asset Management on March 31.
BNY Mellon Asset Management announces new leader for Japan business
Shizu Kishimoto was named president of BNY Mellon Asset Management Japan, effective April 1.
Japan's Orix to buy Robeco from Rabobank
Orix Corp., a Tokyo-based financial services conglomerate, will acquire money management firm Robeco Groep N.V. from Rabobank, the three companies announced Tuesday.
VicSuper's new index takes knife to U.S., Japan bond exposures
The A$9.2 billion (US$9.7 billion) Melbourne-based VicSuper has adopted a customized index for its passive bond investments, dropping its market-cap-weighted index in favor of one with less exposure to the U.S. and Japan.
After scary start, year ends well for world's pension funds
Double-digit performances across most equity markets buoyed 2012's estimated average investment return across six major pension fund markets, providing some respite from the previous year's pounding.
Japanese pension funds not rushing to equity
Japanese pension fund executives appear poised to tweak their bond allocations for the coming year more than their equity targets, even as promises of aggressive stimulus policies by the incoming prime minister, Shinzo Abe, have fueled explosive gains for Tokyo stocks.