The perception in Japan has begun to change, as retail investors are beginning to view investing in gold bullion as a protection against a crisis.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
A Japanese pension fund, Okayama Metal & Machinery, is going to place 1.5% of its total assets ($500 million) in gold bullion-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs). According to Michael Lombardi, lead contributor to Profit Confidential, this is the first time the fund has bought gold bullion in its history.
In the article, Japanese Pension Fund Buys Gold as Currency, Lombardi highlights the importance of this event.
“The perception in Japan has begun to change, as retail investors are beginning to view investing in gold bullion as a protection against a crisis,” says Lombardi. “The chief investment officer of the fund said explicitly that investing in gold bullion was meant to protect against sovereign risk.”
According to Lombardi, historically, the $3.4-trillion Japanese pension market has invested in bonds, with the balance finding its way to other assets, but not gold bullion until now.
“Unlike North America, the talk isn’t of investing in gold bullion as a commodity, but the perception is that of gold bullion as a currency,” says Lombardi.
Now that Japanese pension funds are beginning to dip into gold bullion, Lombardi thinks increased demand in Japan is just beginning, “If even five percent of assets are invested in gold bullion, then five percent of a $3.4-trillion dollar pension fund market is a staggering $170 billion.”
Lombardi also points out that central banks have also been investing in gold bullion in the first few months of this year.
“If you want to sell your gold bullion, looks like there are plenty of Japanese investors who will be happy to take it off your hands,” says Lombardi.
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