Japan under the spotlight in latest Fidessa white paper

Tokyo - 2 May 2012

Fidessa examines the forces driving change in Japan’s financial markets

Fidessa group plc (LSE: FDSA), provider of high-performance trading, investment management and information solutions for the world’s financial community, has today announced the publication of its latest white paper. Entitled Rising Sun: how Japan’s evolving markets might herald the dawn of a new era, the paper considers the impact of global regulatory and technology trends on Japan’s financial markets, assesses responses from market participants and examines how these could define Japan’s eventual position on the international stage.

Rising Sun is the latest addition to Fidessa’s library of white papers discussing the impact of global trends on local markets. It examines the extent to which Asian markets are embracing liquidity fragmentation, exchange consolidation and high-frequency trading (HFT), before looking at how far the domestic idiosyncrasies that made Japan a distinct and fiercely independent trading environment can accommodate these global influences.

Steve Grob, Director of Group Strategy at Fidessa and the paper’s author says: “Japan has always been an interesting case. It plays a significant role in global financial markets and has become one of the world’s largest and most important financial centres. However, for a long time it has maintained an independent position free from the factors affecting other global markets. This looks set to change as certain global forces are now driving change in Japan. And, as with other markets around the world, the key question is where the balance between local characteristics and global trends will find its natural level.”

The new white paper draws on Fidessa’s experience supporting market participants in Japan, other parts of Asia and the rest of the world through a period of sustained change, including new regulation, liquidity fragmentation and HFT. The company’s expertise allows for an in-depth analysis of the practical implications of change on local and international brokers and buy-sides.

“Although the interaction of these global forces is yet to fully play out in Japan, there are certain steps that market participants can take in anticipation of this,” Grob continues. “Indeed, the actions of local players are a critical factor in Japan’s future. We believe that those wishing to follow the lead set by the Japanese exchanges and regulators, to embrace a more international outlook, will almost certainly need to invest in technology in new ways. The firms that do so successfully will be the ones best-placed to take advantage of the existing strengths in Japan’s markets and create a position of pan-Asian, or even global dominance.”

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