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Financial institutions are under constant pressure to reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, adapt to regulatory changes and grow their business. NRI believes that a combination financial knowledge and information technology are crucial to the industry’s growth and development. Through our lakyara reports, NRI identifies the various capital markets and IT issues impacting our clients and the future of their business.
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Sep. 2017

Addressing common RPA implementation challenges

Keiko Kataoka

The RPA boom has spread beyond Europe and the US to Japan. Japanese companies, being culturally averse to directly cutting payrolls, tend to have more difficulty justifying the overall cost of adopting RPA. The following looks at challenges they encounter when implementing RPA and how to best address them.

Aug. 2017

Asia-Pacific Financial Forum’s role and work on financial market infrastructure

Ken Katayama

The Asia-Pacific Financial Forum (APFF), one of the main activity bodies that support the APEC Business Advisory Council’s Finance & Economics Working Group, is promoting awareness and collaborative discussions between public and private sector across the region to better navigate the transformations of the future of our environment via six work streams. As one of the work streams, the APFF Financial Market Infrastructure Work Stream has formulated a roadmap on how to best develop financial market infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region. The outcomes of the discussion will be beneficial for not only the emerging markets but also developed markets in Asia Pacific such as Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore since these markets have been responding to the global regulatory changes after the global financial crisis (GFC). Adding to the changes from GFC effects across the region, market participants have also started to re-expand their roles and markets are developing legal/regulatory frameworks to benefit from advanced technologies while mitigating various types of risks that can arise from the early stage of technological development.

Aug. 2017

US FinTech Innovation Race -What we can learn from Capital One

Brent Kim

US FinTech industry has entered a new phase of competition. In this competition, how compelling the innovations can be a key differentiator. The case study below details how Capital One adopted a DevOps Model in an effort to drive effective innovation.

Capital Markets

Jun. 2017

BOJ needs to do another comprehensive assessment

Katsutoshi Takehana

With market participants’ monetary policy outlook increasingly diverging from the BOJ’s guidance, the BOJ needs to get back to basics. It should comprehensively assess how prices are set to broadly enlist private economic actors in pursuit of its inflation target.

Retail Business

Jun. 2017

Digital financial services in a lull

Makoto Nakagawa

Previously robust growth in online banking and other digital financial services has distinctly stalled. To further expand their usership, digital financial services must offer benefits beyond mere convenience and should be marketed through promotions tailored to customers’ life stages.

Financial Infrastructure

May. 2017

Robotics/AI an increasingly potent lever to boost operating efficiency

Keiko Kataoka

Financial institutions have recently been actively embracing robotics and AI to improve back-office efficiency. This trend is driven by both financial institutions' growing need to increase cost-efficiency and improvement in robotics/AI technologies’ practical applicability.

Asset Management

Apr. 2017

Expectations for Japan-domiciled foreign-denominated funds

Tomoko Koga

Domestically domiciled foreign-denominated investment trusts are seen as a promising fund product that meets the needs of Japanese financial institutions, particularly banks. They also offer dividend tax advantages. While such funds can already be offered privately, several issues currently prevent them from being publicly offered to retail investors. These issues will hopefully be resolved so that foreign-denominated funds become a reality in Japan and gain popularity even overseas.

Asset Management

Mar. 2017

Will fund passport catch on widely in Asia also?

Yuya Kubotera

Asian countries are preparing to launch the Asia Region Funds Passport(ARFP) scheme to allow funds registered in ARFP-participant countries to be sold in other participant countries. Although the AFRP faces hurdles, it is expected to invigorate markets by facilitating cross-border fund sales among participating countries.

Financial Infrastructure

Feb. 2017

Regulatory sandboxes are going live

Ryoji Kashiwagi

Regulatory sandboxes are gaining popularity as a framework for promoting financial innovation by cordoning off a sort of “safe space” for testing new business ideas within an existing regulatory regime. Regulatory sandboxes are expediting the financial sector’s shift toward more consumer-responsive business models in the aim of better serving customers.

Financial Infrastructure

Oct. 2016

FinTech is key driver of financial inclusion

Ryoji Kashiwagi

With better access to financial services widely recognized as essential to reducing poverty, financial inclusion has been gaining importance on the global policy agenda. Governments and international institutions have been pursuing FinTech-enabled initiatives to promote financial inclusion in recent years. Financial inclusion will likely remain a high-priority policy objective in not only developing countries but developed countries also.