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A year has passed since the FSA adopted a new approach to examining financial institutions. In July 2014, the FSA released a Financial Monitoring Report summarizing the results of its new approach to date. The report focuses especially on risk governance, including compliance and risk-data analysis.
With housing price indices rising globally, the Japanese real estate market appears to have been bypassed by the boom. However, an international comparison of real estate's investment appeal reveals that Japanese real estate is still a bargain from the standpoint of economic fundamentals. It offers attractive yields by virtue of being relatively inexpensive per unit of floor area.
Investment managers usually use comparisons with benchmarks to assess their performance. But for at least one manager, benchmarks are only one part of the evaluation method. That firm is Orbis Investments, which invests according to a fundamental, long-term, and contrarian philosophy. We discussed this approach with Mr. Craig Bodenstab, who is in charge of Orbis’ team of investment counsellors.