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    1. May 10, 2015

      Shareholder-friendly Japan Inc is a slow business

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has been credited widely with implementing the most radical overhaul of the...

    2. May 4, 2015

      Tokyo has potential to retake centre stage

      Poor Tokyo. Just as Japan produces a stock market story that is neither about the weak yen (2013) or tax hike woes (2014),...

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    1. Japan: Technology & Innovation

      Among investors, Japan is often still seen as the spiritual home of the flabby conglom...
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    1. April 22, 2015

      Nikkei 225 passes 20,000 after 15-year wait

      Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed above 20,000 points on Wednesday for the first time since the days of the dotcom bubble, as...

    2. April 17, 2015

      Stocks stumble as Bund yields hit new low

      Friday 21:15 BST. US and European stocks slid, pushing Bund yields to fresh record lows, while fears that Beijing was...

    3. March 3, 2015

      Pension funds overpower Kuroda’s misfiring bazooka

      Haruhiko Kuroda may soon be sending his bazooka for repairs. On the surface, at least, the Bank of Japan governor’s best...

    4. February 13, 2015

      Wall St sets records after Ukraine deal

      Friday 21:00 GMT. US stocks climbed to record highs and their European counterparts closed at seven-year peaks at the end of...

    5. Lex Live

      February 12, 2015

      In Defense of Fanuc

      At Lex, we always have a soft spot for those readers who agree with our views. Thursday’s Lex regarding Dan Loeb’s Third...

    6. December 7, 2014

      Japan’s titans slim down and fight back

      When Panasonic announced last September it would sell a majority stake in its healthcare business to KKR, the US private...

    7. November 21, 2014

      Central bank action bolsters stocks

      Friday 21:00 GMT. US stocks closed at record highs, Brent oil regained the $80 a barrel mark and the dollar was at a...

    8. November 5, 2014

      Japan: dividends are not enough

      In Japan, dessert is rarely the best part of the meal. Diners prefer savoury stuff. Japanese shares have soared this past...

    9. October 30, 2014

      Dollar stays in sight of four-year peak

      Thursday 20:00 GMT. The dollar held within sight of a four-year high, even as Treasury bond yields retreated, and US...

    10. October 29, 2014

      Dollar jumps as hawkish Fed ends QE

      Wednesday 20.00 GMT. The dollar rallied strongly while US government bond prices and gold retreated after the Federal...

    11. October 28, 2014

      Wall Street firm ahead of Fed meeting

      Tuesday 20:00 GMT. US and European stocks regained their upward momentum as another round of mostly well-received earnings...

    12. October 17, 2014

      Stocks finish week on firmer note

      Friday 21:00 BST. US stocks had one of their best days of the year as risk assets staged a broad rally at the end of a week...

    13. October 3, 2014

      Dollar and stocks jump after US jobs data

      Friday 21:10 BST. World stocks, the dollar and Treasury bond yields raced higher at the end of the week as a solid set of US...

    14. August 19, 2014

      An indifferent time for Japan

      Remember when the whole world was mad about Japan? For much of last year there were few hotter themes on global macro desks....

    15. The World

      August 8, 2014

      A surge into stocks by Japan's public pension fund

      Japan’s Government Investment Pension Fund, the world’s largest pool of publicly managed pension assets, is poised to make a...

    16. July 31, 2014

      Global stocks end month on negative note

      Thursday 21:15 BST. Global stock markets closed out the month on a distinctly negative note, just a day after news of a...

    17. July 30, 2014

      Robust US GDP drives up Treasury yields

      Wednesday 21:00 BST. US stocks had a choppy session while Treasury bond yields and the dollar rose as markets digested the...

    18. July 8, 2014

      Going it alone is no longer an option for Japan’s stagnant banks

      Yachiyo Bank of Tokyo is in many ways a typical Japanese regional lender. It has the slightly down-at-heel headquarters in...

    19. June 9, 2014

      Japan’s companies loosen grip on cash

      As a rule, Japan Inc has long squirrelled cash away. Companies in the Topix 500, excluding financial stocks, were holding...

    20. June 5, 2014

      Shift to riskier assets makes sense for Japan’s GPIF

      The Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan can sometimes seem like a simple price-support mechanism. Whenever the stock...

    21. May 27, 2014

      Parallel between Japan’s stock and forex markets fades

      A weaker yen is good for Japanese stocks, right? The lower the currency, the higher the index? Wrong. As strange as it may...

    22. May 9, 2014

      Dow ends at record but caution prevails

      Friday 21:15 BST. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week at a record high, even as broader equity indices traded...

    23. FT Alphaville

      May 1, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Most Asian markets were closed for a holiday, though Japanese equities marched ahead, with the Nikkei 225 average...

    24. April 30, 2014

      US equities hold steady as Fed continues to trim bond-buying

      Wednesday 21.00 BST: Wall Street stocks were little changed after the Federal Reserve continued to reduce its monthly bond...

    25. April 30, 2014

      US stocks pare gains after strong spending data

      Thursday 21.00 BST: US stocks lost momentum at the end of the global session after rising earlier, supported by a buoyant...

    26. April 28, 2014

      Caution after pharma lifts European shares

      Monday 21:00 BST. Wall Street traded on a cautiously upbeat note as investors weighed continuing deal frenzy in the...

    27. April 27, 2014

      Japan Inc: Topix of conversation

      Asked to name the best-performing sector in Japan’s broad Topix index over the past year, few would think of electronics. It...

    28. April 25, 2014

      High-growth tech groups hit by jitters

      Friday 21:00 BST. Global stocks came under pressure at the end of a volatile week, as the latest US earnings releases proved...

    29. April 24, 2014

      Wall St edges up as Apple results please

      Thursday 21:00 BST. Global equities saw extremely volatile trading after a tug-of-war developed in the markets between a...

    30. April 15, 2014

      Stocks end higher after volatile session

      Tuesday 21:00 BST. The deteriorating situation in Ukraine, fresh worries about China’s economic outlook and mixed data and...

    31. April 11, 2014

      Japan: time for BoJ to act

      Tadashi Yanai is not hopeful about Japanese consumers – but nor has he yet seen any effect on sales from the recent...

    32. April 11, 2014

      Equities pressured by fresh tech selling

      Friday 21:00 BST. Global equities were on the back foot at the end of a week dominated by a renewed sell-off for US...

    33. April 8, 2014

      Wall Street rallies as techs rebound

      Tuesday 21:00 BST. US stocks rebounded after three days of losses and their European counterparts pared early declines, as...

    34. April 7, 2014

      Stocks slide as valuation worries grow

      Monday 21:00 BST. Global equities came under heavy selling pressure as the recent sell-off in technology stocks in the US...

    35. March 31, 2014

      Japanese sales tax rise is unlikely to force up inflation

      The surest way for ministers to make prices rise is to increase sales tax. But while Japan’s will rise today – from 5 to 8...

    36. March 26, 2014

      S&P 500 falters after nearing record high

      Wednesday 18:00 GMT. An early push by US stocks toward record highs ran out of steam by the close, in spite of mildly...

    37. March 9, 2014

      Japan takes money out from under the futon

      JO Hambro Capital Management may have raised a few eyebrows last month when it unveiled plans for a new Japanese equity fund...

    38. February 28, 2014

      US stocks press on to fresh record highs

      Friday 21:15 GMT. US stocks edged further into record territory – although not without a brief wobble – amid growing...

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