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Market mayhem shakes brokers out of usual August lull

Aug 27, 2015

Market mayhem shakes brokers out of usual August lull

On Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s Tokyo trading floor, Yukio Ikehata is spending more time listening to clients than processing orders to buy stocks. “With volatility so high, a lot of investors are waiting things out,” said Ikehata, head of international sales trading at Daiwa. ...

Aug 10, 2015

Analysts baffled by shame index reshuffle as Tepco sinks

It turns out numbers aren’t the only things that matter for companies trying to gain entry into the index of Japan’s best companies. Tokyo Electric Power Co. missed out on a place in the government-backed JPX-Nikkei Index 400 in a reshuffle of the gauge’s ...

Toshiba case points to whistleblower law's shortcomings

Jul 24, 2015

Toshiba case points to whistleblower law's shortcomings

One of the more intriguing questions stemming from the Toshiba accounting scandal is this: Where was the whistleblower? Top executives at the industrial conglomerate, which makes everything from refrigerators to nuclear reactors, padded pretax profit by at least ¥152 billion over six years, according ...

GPIF head says no need to be 'bang on' with asset targets

Jul 16, 2015

GPIF head says no need to be 'bang on' with asset targets

The world’s biggest pension fund, nearing the end of a plan to shift its asset mix and bulk up on equities, need not rush itself to reach new allocation targets, according to its president. The ¥135 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund should be flexible ...

Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

Feb 27, 2015

Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

As Japan’s sovereign bond yields languish near zero, the regular payouts to shareholders of the megabanks are starting to appeal to a wider group of investors. The average dividend yield of the Topix Banks Index, the payout relative to the share price, was at ...