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    1. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      Too fast? How JGB yields could spring back

      Beware the backlash. Yields on 10-year Japanese government bonds went negative for the first time earlier today, a...

    2. February 9, 2016

      Japan: alternating currency

      It looks like an epic fail. Despite the Bank of Japan cutting interest rates for new bank reserves into unprecedented...

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    1. Japan - Banking & Finance 2012

      With no end in sight for sluggish growth, the migration of financial institutions over...
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    1. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      Financials lead Japanese stocks 4% lower, ASX down 2.3%

      It’s shaping up to be a very ugly day. Twenty minutes after the open, and the Nikkei 225 is down 3.9 per cent, having...

    2. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      Negative rate hammering Japanese bank shares

      “What remains of the Bank of Japan’s decision to introduce negative interest rate, is the confusion in the money...

    3. Fast FT

      February 2, 2016

      Negative rates skewer money market funds in Japan

      Welcome to upside-down land, Japanese money-market funds! It’s already a long-familiar story in Europe, but several...

    4. January 29, 2016

      Japan rates: take that

      If China needed a lesson in how to shock markets without upsetting them, it could look to its neighbour, Japan. On...

    5. January 14, 2016

      BTMU acquires 20% stake in Philippine bank

      The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan’s largest financial group, has unveiled plans to extend its advance across Asia...

    6. Fast FT

      January 14, 2016

      Japan's BTMU buys 20% stake in Security Bank

      The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and the Security Bank of the Philippines have agreed on a “strategic partnership” to...

    7. December 24, 2015

      Japanese bank chief warns over stricter US merger rules

      Plans by Japan’s largest financial groups for a new round of US-focused acquisitions risk being thrown off course in...

    8. December 13, 2015

      Movers & shakers: December 14

      • Irshaad Ahmad is moving to Allianz Global Investors in January as head of institutional for Europe. Mr Ahmad joins...

    9. November 29, 2015

      Movers & shakers: November 30

      • JPMorgan Asset Management has appointed Paul Levene as an analyst in the convertible bonds and capital structure...

    10. November 15, 2015

      Japanese banks to accelerate unwind of cross-shareholdings

      Nearly six months since Japan established its first corporate governance code, the country’s three largest banks have...

    11. November 12, 2015

      Dollar from down under set to stay strong

      Is the Australian dollar in line for a sustained rally? The Aussie bounced on Thursday after much better than expected...

    12. July 26, 2015

      MUFG eyes US asset management deal

      Japan’s largest bank Mitsubishi UFJ Group wants to turbocharge its push into the asset management sector with an...

    13. July 23, 2015

      Aberdeen Asset Management retreats to its granite bunker

      It suits some investment managers when markets swing wildly on a sixpence worth of information. Not Aberdeen Asset...

    14. June 15, 2015

      Aberdeen Asset Management: switcheroo time

      It all looks so run of the mill. The 7am announcement, the heavy use of legalese in the first paragraph and the...

    15. June 14, 2015

      Japanese mega-banks step up search for foreign targets

      Japan’s three mega-banks are stepping up their search for foreign acquisitions as they come under intensifying pressure...

    16. April 13, 2015

      China equity advance creates new corporate giants

      China Construction Bank has overtaken JPMorgan, Facebook and Chevron in terms of size,underlining how a dramatic stock...

    17. March 22, 2015

      Movers & shakers: March 23

      Loomis Sayles has promoted Kevin Charleston to chief executive from his previous role as president of the $240bn...

    18. December 8, 2014

      Mizuho Financial Group focuses on lending beyond Japan blue-chips

      The president of Mizuho Financial Group has vowed to do more lending outside Japan, anticipating higher margins and...

    19. November 14, 2014

      Yen weakness puts Korean won under pressure

      The yen sank to a fresh seven-year low against the dollar on Friday as uncertainty surrounded the government of Shinzo...

    20. November 14, 2014

      Bank of Yokohama to tie-up with smaller Tokyo-based rival

      One of Japan’s biggest regional banks has confirmed a plan to merge with a local rival, in a move likely to herald...

    21. October 24, 2014

      Dollar ends strong week on soft note

      A strong week for the US dollar ended on a softer note as traders looked to a key Federal Reserve policy meeting, while...

    22. October 11, 2014

      Banks agree to derivatives rules to cope with future crisis

      The world's largest banks have agreed to give up their rights to immediately end derivatives contracts with crisis-hit...

    23. October 1, 2014

      Japan Post IPO blow for BoA and Deutsche

      Some of the worst fears of Tokyo bankers were realised on Wednesday when Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche...

    24. September 25, 2014

      NZ dollar slides on talk of intervention from central bank chief

      The New Zealand dollar was the biggest casualty in a broad currency sell-off against the dollar after the country’s...

    25. September 7, 2014

      Mitsubishi UFJ eyes $8bn in foreign deals

      Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is preparing to spend as much as $8bn on acquisitions in the US and Asia, as Japan’s...

    26. September 2, 2014

      Yen weakens on back of rising wages

      The yen fell to its lowest level against the dollar since January on Tuesday on the back of rising wage data and...

    27. August 18, 2014

      Dollar bulls should target yen on Fed hawkishness

      The market faces another week rich with monetary policy resonance. There’s a raft of US housing data, in the middle of...

    28. July 20, 2014

      Commerce becomes a casualty of Sino-Japanese political spats

      Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has been waiting for years to get permission to open a branch in Dalian, the coastal...

    29. July 13, 2014

      Lenders seek Myanmar banking entrée

      Dozens of foreign banks are pushing to launch licensed operations in Myanmar, in a bid round closing on Monday that...

    30. May 14, 2014

      Japan’s banks sound note of caution

      Japan’s megabanks have sounded a note of caution amid the country’s “Abenomics”-led recovery, saying they expect...

    31. May 9, 2014

      Mitsubishi UFJ weighs corporate trust bid

      Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, the biggest bank in Japan, is weighing a bid for the corporate trust division of Bank...

    32. May 5, 2014

      Fridman-backed Pamplona buys Beacon Rail Leasing

      Pamplona Capital Management, the London-based investment firm backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s Alfa...

    33. April 9, 2014

      Banks sue Olympus for $273m over accounting fraud

      Olympus Corp has been hit with the biggest lawsuit stemming from its two-decade long accounting fraud, when banks...

    34. April 6, 2014

      Japan love of high-yielding currencies dwindles

      Japanese investors’ love of high-yielding currencies, epitomised by the popularity of so-called double-decker funds,...

    35. March 31, 2014

      Head of Japan bank lobby vows crackdown on organised crime

      The new head of Japan’s banking lobby has vowed to crack down on loans to organised crime groups, while admitting that...

    36. March 27, 2014

      Japan buyers rush to snap up gold as tax rise looms

      A landmark increase in Japan’s sales tax has led to a rush for small gold bars as retail investors pile into the...

    37. February 3, 2014

      Japan’s banks: Mitsubishi UFJ

      Anyone who wants to get involved in profitless lending can just hand their best friend a 20. Hence the limited appeal...

    38. November 27, 2013

      Tougher regime for Turkish banks amid moves to temper credit boom

      By 2023, the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to...

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