Japanese pension giant GPIF records $16b Q4 loss on stock slides

Signage is displayed at the entrance to the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, July 29, 2016. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) reported on Friday an investment loss of 2.2 trillion yen ($16.33 billion) in January-March as higher U.S. interest rates and the war in Ukraine rattled the global financial markets.

The world’s largest pension fund posted a negative return of 1.1% on its overall assets during the three months, compared with a 2.81% gain in the previous quarter, it said in a statement.

The fund, which managed 196.6 trillion yen of assets as of end-March, is closely watched by global financial markets because of its mammoth size.

For the year ended in March, GPIF had a return of 10.09 trillion yen or a 5.42% gain.

Reuters

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