Naoya Nishimura is an Executive Director in the Equity Solutions Research team. He works with asset owners and managers on using MSCI indexes and analytics. Previously, Naoya was an investment strategist and portfolio manager at T&D Asset Management and Resona Bank. He started his career at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Naoya holds a B.S. from Kyoto University and an MBA in Finance from Hitotsubashi University. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Research and Insights
Articles by Naoya Nishimura
Abenomics’ Impact on Japanese Firms and Global Investors5 mins read Blog | Jul 13, 2022 |
As the world mourns former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, we ask: What was his impact on Japanese firms and global investors? To help answer, we look at two key initiatives: competitiveness and profitability, and corporate governance.
Climate Indexes May Have Benefited from Clean Tech Since the Start of the War2 mins read Quick Take | Apr 5, 2022 |
Given the recent spike in energy prices we ask: How have higher energy prices affected the performance of climate indexes, which normally have less exposure to traditional energy companies?
Including Microcaps in Benchmark Indexes: Japan vs. US7 mins read Blog | Apr 7, 2021 |
Selecting an equity benchmark may mean balancing market coverage and investability. For example, exhaustive coverage may include microcap stocks, with lower liquidity and investment capacity. But excluding them may reduce low-size-premium exposure.
Would Integrating ESG in Chinese Equities Have Worked?Blog | Jul 7, 2020 |
ESG ratings have reflected financial risk and returns in developed-market and emerging-market equities. But was this true in China, where ESG considerations are still in their infancy?
Best practices for Japanese equity indexesBlog | Apr 28, 2020 |
Planned reforms in the stock exchange of Japan sparked a debate on investability and market representativeness of the country’s domestic benchmark index. We investigated three approaches to market-cap-weighted equity indexes.
What it may mean for Japanese stocks if easy money endsBlog | Nov 22, 2018 |
Some observers are concerned that when the Bank of Japan (BOJ) eventually ends its ultra-easy monetary policy, it could hurt the Japanese stock market. Part of this concern stems from the fact that the BOJ’s unconventional monetary policy involves purchasing Japanese exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
Is Japan’s “lost decade” Over?Blog | Aug 14, 2018 |
The Japanese equity market’s spectacular crash in the early 1990s is referred to as the “lost decade.” Recently, this period has been extended to include the decade that followed. Despite this, most Japanese investors continue to favor an outsized domestic equity allocation. This home bias has come with a huge opportunity cost. Since the end of 1987, the cumulative return of global stocks was over 1,400% in yen terms, while the cumulative return of Japanese stocks was only 49%.