Paying for Premiums: Tokio Marine purchases Pure Group in $3.1bn deal

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc [TKOMY: TYO] – Market Cap as of 18/10/2019: $36.95bn (¥4.05tn) Introduction Tokio Marine, Japan’s largest non-life insurance company, has agreed to acquire Pure Group: a US-based insurance group majority-owned by private equity players KKR and Stone Point. The deal, valuing Pure Group at $3.1bn, is expected to be funded by a […]

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust kills two birds with one stone with the CBA asset management units’ acquisition and creates a ¥90 trillion colossus

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (TOKYO: 8306:JP) – market cap as of 09/11/2018: ¥9.477tn Introduction  On October 31, 2018, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (“MUTB”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the cross-listed Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”), and one of Japan’s leading asset managers, came to an agreement with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia […]

Renesas-IDT: the revamp of deals in the chipmaking industry

Renesas Electronics Corp. (TYO: 6723) – market cap as of 17/09/2018: ¥1.21tn Integrated Device Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: IDTI) – market cap as of 17/09/2018: $6.05bn Exchange rate: 1 JPY (¥) = 0.0089 USD ($) Introduction On September 11, 2018, Japanese Renesas Electronics Corp. (“Renesas Electronics”), a global player in the field of advanced semiconductor solutions, […]

When theft leads to a deal: Monex to buy crypto-exchange Coincheck after a massive security breach

Monex Group Inc (TYO: 8698) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: ¥149.15bn Introduction On April 16, the online brokerage giant Monex officially acquired the cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck for ¥3.6bn (~$33.55m). The move is questioned by the general public due to the recent security breach in Coincheck and the theft of $534m worth of the NEM […]

How to trade Japanese Elections

Introduction The Japanese PM dissolved the lower parliament on 28th September, initiating the process for the snap elections to be held on October 22nd. We believe that it is a move to secure a fresh mandate in the parliament after Mr. Abe’s association with a series of scandals over the summer. The approval rating for […]

Market Recap 19-02-2017

United States On the week ended February 17, 2017, US stocks closed at record highs as investor sentiment remains positive given the possibility of changes to US corporate tax structure, as well as the likely loosening of regulations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.4% to 20,624, while the S&P500 increased by 1.2% to […]

Market Recap 12-02-2017

United States Last week saw US equities slightly increasing in a low-volatility environment. Indeed, the S&P 500 closed 0.81% up from last week close, while the Nasdaq and the Dow Jones closed on Friday up 1.18% and 0.92% respectively from the previous week. The VIX index floated between 10.5 and 11.7 continuing to show the […]

Consolidate or Perish: Largest Japanese Freight Ship Companies to Combine Container Shipping Operations

Nippon Yusen K.K. — market cap as of 11/11/2016: ¥326.51bn (€2.94bn) Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. — market cap as of 11/11/2016: ¥320.87bn (€2.89bn) Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. — market cap as of 11/11/2016: ¥225.45bn (€2.03bn) Introduction On October 31, Nippon Yusen K.K., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha reached an agreement to combine their […]

Behind the Yen rally: Japan’s era of negative rates

Japanese Yen touched a 17-month high of Y107.61 versus the US dollar this Monday. The safe haven currency has rallied more than 10 percent after Bank of Japan’s surprising negative interest rate decision on banks’ excess reserves in late January. Japanese government also sold 10-year bonds with a yield below zero for the first time. […]

Are you scared of inflation? Not exactly what it seems

Euro Area annual inflation was -0.2 % in February 2016, down from 0.3 % in January 2016. Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, services have the highest annual rate in February (1.0 %, compared with 1.2 % in January), followed by food, alcohol & tobacco (0.7 %, compared with 1.0 % in […]

Will Abe dare to open the Pandora’s Box?

In the last article[1], we explained the three arrows (measures) of Abenomics stimulus. In this article instead we will take a look at the most recent data about the Japanese economy and then focus on the structural reforms. In particular, reforms that are supposed to tackle the labour market and secure the growth of Japanese […]

Japanese Brewery Thirsty for European Beers: Asahi buying three of Ab InBev’s prominent brands

Anheuser-Busch InBev; market cap as of 13/02/2016: $187.70bn Asahi Group Holdings Ltd; market cap as of 13/02/2016: $20bn Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said it has received a binding offer valued at about $2.9 billion in cash from Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. for the Peroni and Grolsch brands. The sale is contingent on the successful completion […]

Abenomics: tracing back the arrows

The purpose of the article is to provide an explanation on the economic policies of the third largest economy in the world. In particular, explanation of Abenomics’ three arrows, their effects on Japanese economy and our view on the next steps that policy makers are likely to undertake. With this regard, we focus on the […]

BSIC Market Recap 30|11|13

Panel_29|11|13  US This week has been really quiet for the US. Two main issues arise: the initial jobless claims surprise on the downside (actual 316K vs expected 330K), and the decline in the durable goods orders. (-2%) in October. With regard to the first data, although it is clearly good for the economy, it is […]

BSIC Market Recap 23|11|13

Panel 22|11|2013 US This week Bernanke surprised the markets outlining the chance of early tapering of QE (December meeting). For us this is quite surprising, as we still believe the US economy is not performing as well as it was believed this spring. Three main reasons have worsened our outlook on the US economy. 1) […]

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