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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We interviewed executives at 20 of Japan's leading asset management companies in December 2006 and January 2007. While many were upbeat on the business outlook, some noted a tightening labor market and indicated concerns about maintaining quality in such a rapidly growing business. We think managers will increasingly need to focus on the salability of operations.
IT & Operation
An agreement has been reached to scrap certificated, or paper, shares by January 2009. However, extensive advance preparations will be needed in 2007 to avoid confusion during the switchover.