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Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

Feb 27, 2015

Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

As Japan’s sovereign bond yields languish near zero, the regular payouts to shareholders of the megabanks are starting to appeal to a wider group of investors. The average dividend yield of the Topix Banks Index, the payout relative to the share price, was at ...

Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Jan 22, 2015

Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Restoring industrial competitiveness is the key to fueling wage gains that the Abe government and the central bank are counting on to ensure inflation takes hold, according to labor minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. “We have to think about why wages haven’t risen,” Shiozaki said in ...

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Jan 8, 2015

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Bearish bets on Japanese stocks have surged to a record level because foreign investors are increasingly skeptical that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will succeed in reviving the economy, according to financial services company Reorient Group Ltd. Short-selling of shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ...

Investors still waiting for stock binge from GPIF

Sep 1, 2014

Investors still waiting for stock binge from GPIF

The world’s largest retirement fund held back from plowing into Japanese equities last quarter, its investment results signaled, even as the market rebounded in anticipation of purchases. The value of the Government Pension Investment Fund’s Japanese stocks rose 5.4 percent in the April-June period ...

Jul 17, 2014

Man who named GPIF returns to fund, with new approach

The man who helped name the world’s biggest pension pool is back as one of its money managers, and says the fund’s new approach to buying stocks will rub off on other retirement investors. Under pressure to achieve higher returns, the ¥126.6 trillion Government ...

Firms woo female investors with goodies

Jun 3, 2014

Firms woo female investors with goodies

When Chiho Higo started teaching stock trading at a Tokyo night school in 2008, there were often no female attendees. Now there are 50. One mother said she bought shares in a toymaker instead of toys for her child. “If there was a woman, ...

May 7, 2014

Ex-pension fund overseer urges cut in Japan stocks

The government pension fund should cut domestic stocks to diversify risk, said Seki Obata, who was dropped from the organization’s investment committee last month. The ¥128.6 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund owns too many Japanese shares considering the size of the market relative to ...