Winton Looks To Japanese Savers, Retirees

May 27 2008 | 9:19am ET

Winton Capital Management hopes that the Land of the Rising Sun will be its land of increasing assets.

The London-based hedge fund plans a push to grab a piece of Japan’s huge pool of personal and retirement savings. Japan’s national pension fund may have lost money for the first time in five years during the fiscal year ended March. As in the U.S., the number of Japan’s retirees are expected to soar as the country’s nearly 7 million baby boomers age.

“Japanese institutions and individuals, especially those nearing retirement age, increasingly need to look to getting better returns on their investments than they have been used to,” Robin Eggar, a spokesman for Winton, told Bloomberg News. “We are a company that has always invested heavily in research and have had a very successful track record for the past 10 years.”

The firm manages some US$14.4 billion, specializing in quantitative managed futures strategies. Eggar said the firm has averaged an 18% return over the past decade, and has never finished in the red.

According to Bloomberg, Japanese savers have US$15 trillion stashed away, with retirement payouts expected to near US$822 billion over the next five years.

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