Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) said on Friday it posted a third-quarter investment return of 5.437 trillion yen ($47.29 billion) on gains from overseas stocks.
GPIF, the world’s largest pension fund, managed 199.3 trillion yen of assets as of the end of December and its return on overall assets was 2.81% over the three month period, it said in a statement.
For the third quarter, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 7%, while Japan’s Nikkei stock average dipped 2%.
The fund’s foreign stock portfolio achieved a return of 10.54%, while the Japanese stock portfolio had a loss of 1.62%. GPIF’s investments are closely watched by global investors because of its sheer size.
By the end of September, the fund had 24.95% of its portfolio in Japanese bonds, 24.46% in foreign bonds, 24.92% in domestic equities and 25.68% in foreign equities.
The pension fund has been shifting its portfolio away from unprofitable domestic bonds toward higher-yielding foreign assets, as domestic interest rates are ultra-low.
- Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell
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