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Various Factors Drive Asset Management Firms to Adopt Single Global Platforms

Oct 08. 2012

For the past several years, asset management firms have been reevaluating and exploring ways to consolidate their existing IT systems on a global scale. Through speaking with industry participants, such as in the case of our recent study, it is becoming clear that asset management firms are adopting flexible, global platforms in order to grow their business and strengthen their core competency.

Earthquake's Impact on Financial Behavior and Growth in ‘Digital Seniors’

Aug 01. 2012

This article is the first in a four-part series on structural changes in Japanese's financial mindset and behavior based on analysis of data from an NRI questionnaire of 10,000 consumers. It discusses the need for more financial services that reflect renewed recognition of the importance of interpersonal safety nets and meet new advisory needs that have arisen in response to last year's earthquake and medium-term structural changes in Japanese society.

BNY Mellon – Middle-Office and Back-Office Outsourcing: Successful Lift Outs or Co-Sourcing Arrangements Hold Promise for Japanese Asset Management Firms

Jul 25. 2012

In this paper Nomura Research Institute and BNY Mellon discuss global and Japanese outsourcing trends, the labor tradition challenges that outsourcing providers face in Japan, co-sourcing as a potential outsourcing model, and a successful “lift out” at an asset management firm, which demonstrates how providers can overcome these challenges when working with Japanese asset management firms.

Japanese and US Monetary Policy: Convergent Frameworks, Divergent Motivation

Jul 18. 2012

The BOJ and Fed's monetary policy frameworks have converged as both central banks have adopted de facto inflation targets and committed to maintaining ultra-low interest rate policies. However, the Fed and BOJ had different motivations in adopting such a framework.

AIJ Scandal: Superficial and Deeper Issues Facing Japanese Pension Funds

Jul 10. 2012

Japanese pension funds suffered huge losses from fraud perpetrated by AIJ Investment Advisors. To avoid such fraud, pension funds need to possess sufficient asset management expertise on staff. Also needed are legal reforms to permit pension funds to appoint outside experts to their governing boards and enlarge their scale through pooled management of assets.

China Unveils Detailed Roadmap for Financial and Capital Account Liberalization

Jun 19. 2012

A recent PBoC report and press conference have clarified China's plans vis-a-vis financial and capital account liberalization. China appears ready to proceed with liberalization while exercising care to prevent risks through such means as establishing a deposit insurance program.

The AIJ Scandal and Regulation of Investment Managers

May 24. 2012

The revelation that AIJ Investment Advisors is unable to account for 90% of the pension fund assets it manages has shocked the Japanese public. With the facts not yet fully known, it may be premature to comment on this scandal without inviting criticism.

Reducing Information Gathering and Analysis Costs is the Key to Revitalizing the Securitization Market

May 09. 2012

Japan's securitization market appears to have finally bottomed, but sustained recovery hinges largely on reduction in the cost of gathering and analyzing information. Achieving this aim will require innovative solutions.

Olympus’s Stock Remains Listed

Apr 17. 2012

In response to the revelation that Olympus had concealed losses for many years, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) designated its stock a “security on alert,” allowing Olympus to retain its listing. Although the TSE’s decision itself is not unjustified, its disciplinary system should be improved in certain respects.

Key Issues Facing China’s Fund Industry in 2012

Apr 05. 2012

In 2011, Chinese securities investment funds performed poorly amid a decline in equity prices, revealing the fund industry’s shortcomings in bold relief. In response, initiatives are afoot to diversify sales channels and improve fund companies’ corporate governance.

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