Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd.

Daiwa Asset Management is the asset management arm of Daiwa Securities Group. It is a privately-owned company that invests in fixed income markets and public equity. 

Daiwa provides services to a diverse clientele, including institutional investors, overseas asset management companies and private investors across the globe. 

Overview of Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd.

Daiwa Asset Management is the asset management arm of Daiwa Securities Group. It is a privately-owned company that invests in fixed income markets and public equity. Daiwa provides services to a diverse clientele, including institutional investors, overseas asset management companies and private investors across the globe. The company makes investments based on in-depth research and uses a strategic combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis as part of the selection process in diversifying its portfolio. 

Brief History

Founded in 1959, Daiwa Asset Management has been providing comprehensive asset management services for close to six decades. In 1984, the New York office was opened, and the firm was incorporated as Daiwa Asset Management (America) Ltd. in 1990. In 1987 Daiwa Asset Management (Europe) Ltd. was launched in London, and in 1988 Daiwa Asset Management (H.K.) Ltd. was established. In 1992 Daiwa started offering a money management fund followed by the launch of Daiwa Asset Management (Singapore) Ltd. in 1994. In 2005 Daiwa expanded to the Caymans and established a stock index available through Japan Post networks. 

Geographically

Daiwa Asset Management has a substantial global presence. Daiwa Asset Management’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan. The American office, responsible for both North and South America, in New York, Daiwa Europe covers Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa and is located in London, and Daiwa Shanghai office takes care of mainland China. Daiwa Hong Kong is responsible for East Asia and Oceania. There is also a branch in Singapore that covers South Asia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and an additional branch in Mumbai, India. Daiwa America, Europe, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and India are all subsidiaries of Daiwa Japan. A variety of funds cover this vast geographic area across the globe. 

Significant Investments

Daiwa manages more than 550 investment trusts. The company invests in equities located in Japan and abroad as well as REITs and bonds. The Daiwa Asia Buying Power Fund’s coverage is the most geographically significant as it covers Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The second most significant fund is the Daiwa Rising ASEAN Equity fund which covers Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Because of its keen interest in pioneering technologies, Daiwa made a significant fund available for robotics-related investments in 2015. 

Daiwa Asset Management in the News

It was reported in 2017 that the fund allocated to investments into robotics-related stocks which was introduced in the final quarter of 2015 by Daiwa Asset Management continues to draw attention from investors two years later. Head of Daiwa’s marketing planning department, Satoshi Iwasaki, said that the fund became popular because it was introduced when the market experienced a shortage of funding for similar initiatives from other companies. According to Finance Feeds, Daiwa registered a net inflow of JPY 370.1 in 2017, the largest of all registered asset management firms. 

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