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Nomura's head office in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: REUTERS/TORU HANAI
Nomura's head office in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: REUTERS/TORU HANAI

Tokyo— Nomura, Japan’s biggest brokerage and investment bank, says it aims to nearly double its pretax profit over seven years as it pushes deeper into wealth management.

Like many other financial firms, Nomura has been trying to bolster wealth management, which accounted for about half of its pretax income in the past financial year. The business is seen as more stable than trading which is closely tied to the ups and downs of markets.

It told an investor relations event that is targeting pretax profit of more than ¥500bn ($3.2bn) by the 2030/31 financial year, about 1.8 times what it had in the year ended in March.

In Japan, Nomura is the dominant wealth manager with a strong client base among high net wealth individuals and is targeting further expansion among business owners, start-up managers and doctors. But it has had less success abroad, remaining outside the top 25 in the latest ranking of Asia wealth businesses by Asia Private Banker.

Nomura has built out a dedicated team to tap into Asian markets, hiring more than 70 private bankers in the three years to October 2023. It has also said it wants to become one of the top 15 wealth managers in Asia over the long term and sees India and the Middle East as promising markets for growth.

For its more capital intensive wholesale business, which includes investment banking and trading, Nomura was hoping to generate organic growth rather than bring in capital from other parts of the group, CEO Kentaro Okuda said.

This was intended to incentivise the wholesale unit to pursue higher return on equity business lines, Nomura head of wholesale, Christopher Willcox, said.

Across the group Nomura had return on equity of 5.1% in the last business year. But Okuda said management was confident its return on equity target of 8%-10% was within reach next year.

Reuters

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