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  1. January 29, 2014

    Sumitomo Mitsui leads move to drop Japan government bond holdings

    Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group cut its government bond holdings in half in the nine months to December, signalling support...

  2. January 16, 2014

    Boutique bank Moelis eyes market debut this year

    Moelis & Company, the boutique investment bank, plans to confidentially file for an initial US public offering as soon as...

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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. December 29, 2013

    Companies diary: a year to remember

    Diary commentary from FT reporters • World diary • 4CAST Economic Calendar • Economic Outlook: US and UK housing data under...

  2. December 26, 2013

    SMFG looks beyond Japan to fuel growth

    The president of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has said that building loan books outside Japan remains the group’s focus,...

  3. November 24, 2013

    New funds: November 25

    ● GLG Partners, part of Man Group, has launched the GLG Undervalued Assets fund, which will invest mainly in UK equities. It...

  4. November 14, 2013

    Japanese banks lift profit forecasts

    Japan’s biggest banks have shrugged off a scandal over links with gangsters and lifted their full-year profit forecasts, in...

  5. July 31, 2013

    Japan’s biggest banks profit under Abenomics

    Japan’s biggest banks are prospering in the drastically altered business environment created by “Abenomics”, confounding –...

  6. beyondbrics

    July 31, 2013

    Dr Vee: Indonesian mangaka [corrected]

    The surging popularity of the Japanese language and culture among young Indonesians, as reported in the FT, is good news for...

  7. FT Alphaville

    May 16, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Most Asian stocks fell as a decline in Japanese banks after forecasting lower earnings offset a report that Japan’s economy...

  8. May 15, 2013

    Japan’s banks lower sights as Abenomics squeezes JGB trading

    Shinzo Abe’s expansionary economic policies may be aimed at bolstering Japan’s global manufacturing groups, but the...

  9. April 28, 2013

    Buyout groups near deal to sell Bank BTPN stake

    TPG and Northstar Pacific Partners are finalising a sale of a big part of their controlling stake in Jakarta-based Bank BTPN...

  10. March 24, 2013

    Banks face removal of capital loophole

    Global banking watchdogs have announced their first big crackdown on regulatory arbitrage since the passage of the Basel III...

  11. March 17, 2013

    Asian funds turn to emerging markets

    Institutional investors across Asia – even large pension funds that are generally conservative in their investing approach –...

  12. February 28, 2013

    US money market funds warm to eurozone

    The amount of money being allocated by US money markets funds to eurozone banks hit the highest level for more than a year,...

  13. February 15, 2013

    Orix set to buy Robeco from Rabobank

    Orix Corporation, the Japanese financial services group, is close to buying the asset management arm of Rabobank, the Dutch...

  14. January 31, 2013

    Rally stalls after US economy shrinks

    Thursday 20:00 GMT. A strong January for global stocks has finished meekly as an unexpected bout of caution over the US...

  15. January 29, 2013

    Stocks edge towards fresh highs

    Tuesday 21:40 GMT. Global stocks rose and challenged new cyclical highs, supported by better than expected corporate...

  16. January 22, 2013

    Japan: the big easing

    So investors are bullish on Japan once again. Yet much of the $28bn in foreign money that has flowed into Japanese stocks...

  17. January 2, 2013

    RBS nears end of non-core rundown

    The rundown of Royal Bank of Scotland’s “non-core” business is among the most dramatic shrinkages of any bank in the world....

  18. December 27, 2012

    MUFG unit to take stake in VietinBank

    Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, the core bank in the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, is to take a 20 per cent stake in VietinBank...

  19. December 26, 2012

    SMFG targets Asia’s growing middle class

    SMFG, one of Japan’s big three banks, plans to expand its Asian consumer finance business to target the growing middle...

  20. December 10, 2012

    Aircraft leasing – up, up and away

    Wanted: cash-laden buyer interested in moderate long-term returns from a cyclical industry at the mercy of global aviation....

  21. November 29, 2012

    Tokyo faces weak yen and high bond yields

    Regulators in Japan recently counselled regional banks that hold massive amounts of Japanese government bonds to shorten the...

  22. November 14, 2012

    Stock portfolios haunt Japan’s banks

    Japan’s megabanks have posted steep falls in first-half profits, as losses on their vast stock portfolios offset gains from...

  23. November 1, 2012

    SMFG increases Bank of East Asia stake

    Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, one of the big three Japanese banking groups, is in the process of increasing its stake in...

  24. FT Alphaville

    October 29, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    US stock markets to close as Hurricane Sandy nears New York: The NYSE, the Nasdaq will all close on Monday and possibly...

  25. October 28, 2012

    Industry finds it difficult to regain confidence

    Japan enjoyed a few days in the global spotlight this month when regulators, financiers and pundits from around the world...

  26. October 25, 2012

    Japanese banks: Back in the saddle

    After decades of looking with envy towards Japan’s bullet train, the legendary shinkansen, Britain’s beleaguered commuters...

  27. October 16, 2012

    SoftBank rally helps lift Tokyo’s Nikkei

    Tokyo’s Nikkei index bounced strongly on Tuesday as dealmakers at telecoms group SoftBank reassured investors their shares...

  28. October 4, 2012

    Aviation leasing – fleet footed

    “If it flies, floats or fornicates it is better to rent it,” goes the adage. It also helps to explain the growth in the...

  29. October 4, 2012

    MUFG unit buys US aircraft leasing group

    Mitsubishi UFJ Lease is buying Jackson Square Aviation for about Y100bn ($1.3bn) in the second large Japanese acquisition of...

  30. August 21, 2012

    Fed probes RBS over dealings with Iran

    Federal authorities in the US are investigating Royal Bank of Scotland for possible breaches of Iran sanctions in a probe...

  31. August 10, 2012

    Japan regulator moves on SMBC Nikko

    Japan’s financial regulator has taken action against SMBC Nikko Securities for the second time in four months, amid a probe...

  32. May 16, 2012

    Asia dives as risk aversion takes hold

    Asian shares fell sharply on heightened risk aversion after Greece failed to form a coalition government, raising the...

  33. May 15, 2012

    Japanese banks increase lending overseas

    Japan’s leading banks significantly expanded their overseas lending last year, taking advantage of the retreat of European...

  34. April 24, 2012

    Tokyo exporters hit as yen strengthens

    The strengthening yen continued to harry Japanese exporters on Tuesday as Asian trading was cautious for a fourth...

  35. April 16, 2012

    Corporate profits bolster equity bulls

    Friday 21.50 BST. Stocks pared gains late in the day, as confidence appeared to recede during the afternoon, but global...

  36. April 13, 2012

    Financial stocks boost Asian equity indices

    Asian stocks climbed on Friday, with gains pared only slightly after China’s economy expanded by less than expected in the...

  37. April 11, 2012

    Asian banks keep trade finance flowing

    Asian banks are providing an increasing chunk of trade finance in the region as European banks pull back due to the eurozone...

  38. April 2, 2012

    DBS to take control of Bank Danamon

    DBS is buying control of Indonesia’s Bank Danamon for 45.2tn rupiah ($4.9bn) as the Singaporean lender expands further into...

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