After record selling spree, Japan’s top insurers weigh buying U.S. bonds again

  • Executives at Japan’s top four insurers, which manage more than $1.6 trillion in assets, told Reuters U.S. bonds are becoming attractive at yields near 2%.
  • Japanese life insurers have been selling foreign bonds for eight months since July, their longest net-selling streak since the Ministry of Finance started compiling the data in 2005, mostly shifting to domestic bonds.
  • “If 10-year Treasury yields rise above 1.8%, that would also be a signal to reduce exposure to emerging market debt.”
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