Japan Drives Asian Bonds

Asian bonds are reaping the benefits of Japan’s aging population like never before.

Record amounts of Japanese cash are flowing into the region’s fixed-income markets as the demands of the world’s oldest population force the nation’s pension funds to load up on higher-yielding assets overseas.

Japan’s $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund, the largest globally, said it’s cutting holdings of local bonds that offer the world’s lowest yields and seeking better returns abroad to meet mounting payouts. Nomura Holdings Inc. estimates such funds will pump about $200 billion into overseas bonds and stocks, purchases that will shield Asian assets against capital outflows as the U.S. Federal Reserve dials back stimulus.

Bloomberg

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