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Japanese Pensions Eye Hedge Funds for Portfolios

Jul 30, 2013
Joey Peters

Bloomberg reports Hedge Fund broker Mizuho Global Alternative Investments announced this week its' assets will reach $2 billion by end of 2013 - thanks in large part to demand from local pensions in Japan.

The unit of Japan’s third-largest bank by market value, Mizuho raised $1.7 billion by the end June which was then placed into global alternative asset managers that offer funds investing in bank loans and multi-strategy hedge funds, per the article. Additional plans include offering other alternative investments such as private-equity and infrastructure funds by the end of this fiscal year.

Demand from Japan’s corporate pensions, seeking to meet rising payouts in an aging society amid the prospect of rising bond yields, the article states. The Bank of Japan pushes to achieve 2 percent inflation within two years. Of the 80 trillion yen ($800 billion) managed by the country’s corporate pensions, about 2 trillion yen to 3 trillion yen could flow into assets including hedge funds in the current fiscal year, according to data provided in the article.

Japanese pensions total $3.72 trillion, the world’s largest pool of retirement assets after the U.S., according to Towers Watson & Co. (TW)

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