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Apr 30, 2015

Japan fund managers maintain stock weightings in April, U.S. preferred

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese fund managers kept overall allocations of stocks and bonds largely unchanged in their model portfolios in April but raised weightings on U.S. stocks and bonds, a Reuters survey showed.

A survey of seven Japan-based fund managers, conducted between April 16 and 23 found respondents on average wanted to allocate 44.1 percent of their funds to equities, unchanged from March.

Apr 30, 2015

Japan fund managers maintain stock weightings in April, U.S. preferred – Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese fund managers kept overall allocations of stocks and bonds largely unchanged in their model portfolios in April but raised weightings on U.S. stocks and bonds, a Reuters survey showed.

A survey of seven Japan-based fund managers, conducted between April 16 and 23 found respondents on average wanted to allocate 44.1 percent of their funds to equities, unchanged from March.

Apr 27, 2015

Asian shares inch up; focus on central banks, Greece

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece’s talks with creditors.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was rose 0.3 percent in early trade though Japan’s Nikkei .N225 slipped 0.4 percent, largely on the yen’s gains.

Apr 24, 2015

Nippon Life plans shift to risk assets from yen bonds

TOKYO, April 24 (Reuters) – Nippon Life, Japan’s biggest
private life insurance company, plans to keep fresh investment
in domestic bonds to a minimum and allocate more funds to risk
assets such as foreign bonds in the year to March, a senior
executive said on Friday.

The insurer is suspending a long-standing policy of
allocating about 70 percent of its funds to fixed income yen
products because their yields are too low, Kazuo Sato, the
firm’s general manager of investment planning, told reporters.

Apr 23, 2015

Dollar regains footing, Kiwi falls on RBNZ comments

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held firm on Thursday after strong U.S. housing data helped to lift U.S. bond yields while the New Zealand dollar fell more than one percent following dovish central bank comments.

The dollar’s index against a basket of six major currencies gained 0.3 percent to 98.270 .DXY, extending its recovery into the fourth day.

Apr 21, 2015

Stocks firm after China stimulus, euro hit by Greek anxiety

TOKYO, April 21 (Reuters) – Asian stocks were firm on
Tuesday after China’s latest step to prop up its faltering
economy lifted global equities, while the euro was pressured on
growing worries a cash-strapped Greece may default on its debt.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was up 0.3 percent, with the dollar’s gains
against some Asian currencies offsetting a rise in stock prices
in local currency terms.

Apr 21, 2015

Asian stocks steady after China stimulus, euro hurt by Greek woes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks were firm on Tuesday after China’s latest step to prop up its faltering economy lifted global equities, while the euro was pressured on growing worries a cash-strapped Greece may default on its debt.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was steady, with the dollar’s gains against some Asian currencies offsetting a rise in stock prices in local currency terms.

Apr 21, 2015

Stocks steady after China stimulus, euro hurt by Greek woes

TOKYO, April 21 (Reuters) – Asian stocks were firm on
Tuesday after China’s latest step to prop up its faltering
economy lifted global equities, while the euro was pressured on
growing worries a cash-strapped Greece may default on its debt.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was steady, with the dollar’s gains against some
Asian currencies offsetting a rise in stock prices in local
currency terms.

Apr 20, 2015

Mitsui Life to cut domestic bond holdings this fiscal year

TOKYO, April 20 (Reuters) – Mitsui Life Insurance plans to
reduce yen bonds due to their low yields in the financial year
through March, reversing many years of shifting into domestic
bonds from stocks, its investment planning manager said on
Monday.

Japan’s fifth-largest life insurer also plans to allocate
more funds for foreign bonds and increase its holdings of
domestic stocks, Yoichiro Matsuta, head of the investment
planning department, told a news conference.

Apr 16, 2015

Tokio Marine Nichido plans to increase U.S. bond holdings

TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) – Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire
Insurance plans to raise its holdings of
currency-hedged U.S. bonds in the year to March as bond yields
in Japan and Europe are expected to stay low, a senior
investment planning official said on Thursday.

The institutional investor with total assets of 8.9 trillion
yen ($75 billion) is also looking to start buying shares in
emerging markets to boost returns, said Yoshiaki Nakahara, head
of portfolio investment group at the firm.