Corporate History

Extensive Experience in the Asset Management Business

The roots of Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd. go back to 1937, when Fujimoto Bill Broker, founded in 1902 and an ancestor of Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd., established Japan's first investment partnership.
Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd. acquired a license for investment trust management and offered unit trusts in 1951, followed by Japan's first open-ended investment trusts in 1952. Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd. then spun-off its asset management arm and founded Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd. in December 1959 under the provisions of the Investment Trust Law of Japan.
Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd. set up a holding company, "Daiwa Securities Group Inc." in 1999, and Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd. became a fully owned subsidiary.

History

1959

Daiwa Asset Management Co. Ltd. established

1984

New York office opened and then incorporated as Daiwa Asset Management(America)Ltd. in 1990

1985

Stock Index Fund 225 launched
License for investment advisory services acquired

1987

Daiwa Asset Management(Europe)Ltd established in London

1988

Daiwa Asset Management(H.K.)Limited established

1992

Daiwa MMF, a money management fund, offered

1994

Daiwa Asset Management(Singapore)Ltd. established

1995

License for discretionary management services acquired

2001

Nikkei 225 ETF, TOPIX ETF launched

2003

Daiwa J-REIT Open offered

2004

Daiwa Asset Management(H.K.)Limited opens an office in Shanghai
Daiwa SRI Fund offered
Daiwa Commodity Index Fund, the first commodity index-linked fund offered

2005

Daiwa Asset Management Services Ltd.(Cayman) established
Daiwa Stock Index 225 Fund offered through Japan Post networks

2006

Daiwa Eco Fund offered
Signed on the Principles for Responsible Investment as the first asset management company in Japan

2008

Daiwa Topix ETF 17 launched
Equity and bond funds of Latin America and Brazil offered
Daiwa China A Fund(QFII quota of USD 100 million) offered

2009

Eurizon MM collection Fund-Daiwa Equity Japan, a Luxembourg domiciled Japanese stock offered by Eurizon Capital S.A.

2011

Daiwa Shenzhen A Share Fund( QfII quota of USD 100 million) offered

2012

Relocated the headquarters to 9-1, Marunouchi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6753, Japan

2013

Launched Daiwa TOPIX Ex-Financials ETF to meet Basel III, as the first asset management company in Japan

2014

Announced the acceptance of Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors «Japan's Stewardship Code» and the policy on the principles

2015

Commenced entrusted investment of Japanese equities for overseas investor funds and joint management of a UCITS fund, with Mirae Asset Global Investments (a South Korean leading asset management firm)

2016

Launched iFree, index fund series

2017

Listed three Japan's first ETFs which track ESG Indices selected by Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)