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Strategies for Investing in Alternative Assets: Interview with: Yoshi Kiguchi, Chief Investment Officer, Okayama Metal & Machinery Pension Fund - APAC Investments Summit
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Strategies for Investing in Alternative Assets: Interview with: Yoshi Kiguchi, Chief Investment Officer, Okayama Metal & Machinery Pension Fund - APAC Investments Summit


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An interview with Yoshi Kiguchi, Chief Investment Officer, Okayama Metal & Machinery Pension Fund, a speaker at the marcus evans APAC Investments Summit 2013, on identifying investment opportunities in the alternatives space.

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  • 1. Strategies for Investing in Alternative Assets sophisticated hedge fund and credit short-term managers emerging in the region, bringing us more investment opportunities. The private equity market is still developing. There are few managers who have at least ten years experience, mostly in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Thus private equity opportunities Our are more reliable in these places. For at least five years we never considered investing in the Asian private equityInterview with: Yoshi Kiguchi, Chief markets, but we have now started to, toInvestment Officer, Okayama Metal take advantage of its growth. pension& Machinery Pension Fund How do you fit alternative assets into your portfolio? What“We believe alternative investments investment opportunities could youcounteract a low interest rate and low point investors to? fundexpected return market,” says YoshiKiguchi, Chief Investment Officer, Our pension fund is very positiveOkayama Metal & Machinery Pension towards alternative investments. AroundFund. “Around 70 per cent of our fund 70 per cent of our fund focuses onfocuses on alternative assets, with 30 alternative assets, with 30 per cent in is veryper cent in traditional assets,” he adds. traditional assets. We believe alternative investments counteract a lowA speaker at the marcus evans APAC interest rate and low expected returnInvestments Summit 2013, in Macao, market.China, 10 - 12 April, Kiguchi gives us histake on generating attractive returns inthe alternatives space. We consider corporate debt strategies to be a promising area, as well as corporate structure arbitrage type of positiveWhy are many Japanese pension investments. That is an excellent hedgefunds focused on Asian assets? fund category. Leveraged buyout typeAsia is a very reliable market for us toinvest in right now. The population of of private equities and distressed assets are also attractive and produce high returns for us. We make sure to find towardsthe region is growing and so is domestic sophisticated managers to takeconsumption. We expect steady growth advantage of these opportunities. It isfor the next decade or so in India,China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, aswell as possibly Vietnam and the important to meet and communicate with managers directly, to see what experiences and capabilities they have. alternativePhilippines. Japan is still a terriblemarket. Although it has improved in How do you ensure you fund meetsrecent months, we find that somePacific countries give us much betterreturns. regulatory requirements? The Japanese market is highly regulated investments and for us to meet the requirements, weWhat alternative investments would have to do enough due diligence beforecounteract sovereign risk? hiring alternative investment managers. However, some managers do not wantThe hedge fund market in Asia is still to disclose much. We do not need todeveloping and needs more liquidity and know all the details. We just needvariety for trading markets. In Greater enough information to understand whatChina, many hedge fund managers are kind of risk control and marketexperiencing tough times and that kind procedures they have in place, so aof experience is helping them polish level of back office transparency istheir strategies. There are many necessary for us to meet requirements.
  • 2. About the APAC Investments Summit 2013 The Investment Network – marcus evans Summits group This unique forum will take place at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Macao, delivers peer-to-peer information China, 10 - 12 April 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or on strategic matters, professional trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought trends and breakthrough leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. innovations. The Summit will provide various insights on utilising unconventional asset allocation strategies to maintain returns and will highlight the latest strategies for optimising investment efficiency to effectively navigate the macroeconomic climate. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the Contact number of participants strictly Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits limited. Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: For more information please send an email to All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsElite Summit (Europe) - www.elitesummit.comEmerging Markets Investments Summit (Europe) - www.emisummit.comEuropean Pensions & Investments Summit - www.epi-summit.comInstitutional Investors APAC Summit - www.iiapacsummit.comPrivate Wealth Management Summit (North America) - www.privatewealthsummit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: