BOJ takes over as the largest 'whale' in Japan
BOJ usurps GPIF as the biggest owner of domestic stocks
The massive ETF purchases by the BOJ has seen them take over the title as the largest 'whale' in Japan, with its equity portfolio rising to ¥45.1 trillion in November. That surpasses the ¥44.8 trillion holding by the GPIF, who is the world's largest pension fund.
BOJ equity holdings
And the gap between the two is likely to widen further in the BOJ's favour.
Nomura says that this should continue as "the BOJ has never taken profits on its holdings and only continues to build holdings in ETFs". Meanwhile, the GPIF "has to sell equities when prices are high to adjust the weigh of stock holdings within its portfolio".
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