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Capital Markets & IT - lakyara January 2019

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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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  • Asset Management

    Resurgence in direct sales of investment trusts

    Senior System Consultant Asset Management Systems Business Department

    Mitsuo Fujimoto

    Japanese asset management companies that sell their funds through distributors are starting to return to the direct sales channel. Their direct sales initiatives are targeted at younger demographics such as recent college graduates, but capturing young customers is not easy. It requires customer journey mapping and micro-targeted marketing through such means as social media advertising, telephone contacts with customers and educational seminars.

  • Special Edition

    Digital currency's potential and democratization of the financial system

    Research Scientist Digital Currency Initiative MIT Media Lab

    Robleh Ali

    Chief Researcher Financial Market & Innovation Research Department

    Tetsuya Inoue

    Digital currencies have emerged as a hot research topic amid growing interest in digital currency issuance among central banks. We spoke with Robleh Ali, head of a digital fiat currency project at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), about how to best design central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and how their issuance would affect the financial system.

  • Capital Markets

    Materiality in criminal misrepresentation in securities filings

    Fellow, Head of Research Center for Strategic Management & Innovation

    Sadakazu Osaki

    On December 10, 2018, Nissan Motor's former chairman Carlos Ghosn, another Nissan executive and Nissan itself were indicted for allegedly violating Japan's Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA) by filing Annual Securities Reports containing misrepresentations. With the media reporting conflicting accounts and the facts of the case yet to be spelled out in detail, it is too early to safely draw any conclusions about the allegations against Ghosn and his codefendants.