Monday’s Headlines: Nomura to Boost Graduate Hires in 2013

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While banks around the world are freezing or dropping hiring, Japan is estimating an economic turnaround at home and globally, and its largest financial institutions are hiring accordingly. Nomura, which has a large U.S. presence, and other Japanese institutions expect to hire 13 percent more college graduates next year, according to Businessweek. These firms expect to hire a total of 1,580 recent grads starting April 1, 2013, up from 1,402 today. The breakdown is as follows:

The country has seen a remarkable return following its disastrous earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe last year. The Nikkei is up and Japan’s GDP expanded. One Mitsubishi hiring exec told the publication: “This year, circumstances are allowing us to hire graduates as we expect a V-shape recovery in Japan helped by a steady U.S. economy, stabilization in Europe and a stock market recovery.”

Nomura expects a jump in demand for cross-border deals and expects to add up to 15 top positions to its 140-member M&A team in Japan.


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RBS will sell its Asian units for $277.3 million to the Malaysian bank CIMB. [Reuters]

U of C profs argue for a financial products agency akin to the FDA. [NY Times]

Schwab’s CEO finally gets a comps boost to $10 million. [Investment News]

Occupy Wall Street is struggling to remain relevant. [DealBook]