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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.

Apr 15, 2015

Sompo Japan targets non-traditional assets as bond yields languish

TOKYO, April 15 (Reuters) – Sompo Japan NipponKoa Insurance
plans to invest about 100 billion yen ($835 million) in
non-traditional assets in the financial year to March, chasing
higher returns amid rock-bottom domestic bond yields, a senior
official said on Wednesday.

The insurer would target sectors such as infrastructure,
commodities and financial derivatives, said Takuro Nishida, the
company’s section manager of investment planning.

Apr 13, 2015

Aussie dollar hammered by poor China data, sterling slips to 5-yr low

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, April 13 (Reuters) – The Australian dollar
tumbled on Monday after a shock contraction in China’s exports
added to worries about slowing growth in the world’s
second-largest economy, while sterling extended its losses to
fresh five-year lows.

The Australian dollar, considered a liquid proxy of China
plays, slid 1.2 percent to $0.7592. That brought the
Aussie back within sight of a low of $0.7534 set on April 2, its
lowest level in about six years.