Japan’s GPIF Posts Highest Annual Return

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) posted its highest return since its formation in 2001. The Japanese US$ 1.15 trillion juggernaut posted an annual return of 12% in the year ended March 31 – generating a profit worth US$ 125.2 billion. The equity allocation has paid off, as Japanese stocks delivered a 30% return for the fund. International equities delivered a 22% return, while Japanese bonds earned 2.8%.

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39% of GPIF’s portfolio is allocated to Japanese bonds, an all-time low for the fund, while 43% is allocated to global equities.

The pension giant outsources much of its equity management to external managers. The fund is planning to allocate capital to infrastructure funds and other alternative assets.

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