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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Faced with no prospect of rapid growth in lending, regional banks will likely continue to increase their fund investments. This trend presents an opportunity for asset management companies to provide support services that lessen the banks' workload associated with fund ownership, including timely information disclosure, risk analysis/management and performance analysis/management.
Settlement fails have been growing in tandem with foreigners' involvement in the JGB market. The securities industry should improve the efficiency of the post-trade processing as a precaution against future increases in fails affecting institutional investors.
In February and March, I met and discussed the asset management business with some 20 global asset management companies' CEOs. I learned about both their expectations for major potential opportunities and their risk concerns. To continue to grow, Japan's asset management industry must take action to surmount the risks on these CEOs' collective mind.