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Japanese Firm Begins the Monex Activist Fund

To pursue higher investment returns through active engagement, Japanese online brokerage Monex launched the Monex Activist Fund. The firm also aims to raise the corporate value of its listed companies.

According to the firm’s announcement on Tuesday, Monex aims to activate Japan’s capital markets to provide better individual investment products.

Its subsidiary Japan Catalyst Inc obtained registration as an investment advisory business under the Financial Instruments Exchange Act. The subsidiary is also a member of the Japan Investment Advisors Association.

Japan Catalyst is comprised of members with expertise in managing different investment fields, such as activist funds and fund management.

A Group company registered as an investment business Monex-Saison-Vanguard Investment Partners will be renamed Monex Asset Management, Inc. With advice from Japan Catalyst, Monex AM will take on a central role in the Group’s asset management business.

With the help of the financial advisory firm, the company will also begin managing the Monex Activist Fund in April.

It plans to begin handling a publicly offered investment trust with Monex Activist Fund as its mother fund. The trust will target individual investors in June.

What Will Happen to Monex Now?

As per the recent launch, Monex is transitioning from a broker model to an asset management model. It aims to bring together companies and individual investors to revitalize the Japanese capital markets.

The rapidly changing market and economic environment encouraged the company to announce the Monex Activist Fund. Moreover, it claims that individual investors need that now, more than ever.

Given these current times, the Group will continue to pursue providing individual investors high-value-added products and services.

Another initiative came in as the Monex Activist Forum, which promotes awareness of engagement among individual investors since January 2019. Furthermore, the Forum disseminates information about activism trends with its online publication “Activist Times.”

The forum focuses on interest in activism, according to the company.

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