Independent Japanese research house Japaninvest has partnered with Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking to launch SG Cross Asset Research – Ji ASIA, a new pan-Asian research tool for institutions.
The new offering is the first step in the trading and research alliance signed between SocGen and Japaninvest in June 2010. Research will be disseminated to over 1,500 institutional clients across the world via SocGen's global distribution platform.
Japaninvest currently covers 125 blue chip and growth mid-cap stocks across equity markets in Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. This will be supplemented by unrated notes on 200 Japanese small-caps per year. Ji-ASIA also plans to extend its small-cap coverage in north Asia, beginning with Hong Kong. SocGen says the alliance will result in a 27% increase of its equity coverage.
According to SocGen, its aim is to provide Asia’s first integrated bottom-up look at the pan-Asian supply chain, covering an additional 100 companies in Asia and Japan in the key sectors of resources and basic materials, technology, capital goods and auto components.