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LINE & Nomura Restructuring for FX Margin Trading Focus

Source: LINE Corporation

Why It Matters: LINE Financial Corporation and Nomura Holdings, Inc. have announced a significant restructuring of their joint venture, LINE Securities, to focus on foreign exchange margin trading.

The move marks a significant shift in strategy within the financial services business and reflects the changing dynamics of the financial industry.

The Key Points:

  • The restructuring, expected to be completed by the end of 2024, will not affect client assets currently entrusted to LINE Securities, which will continue to be protected by law.

  • LINE Securities' decision to restructure comes despite the company's past success with its "Ichikabu" service in 2019, which allows users to trade domestic stocks in single-share units. The company has also seen success with its "LINE FX" foreign exchange margin trading service, which had more than 570,000 accounts by the end of 2022.

  • The restructuring is part of a broader strategy by the LINE Group, which includes mergers with Yahoo Japan Corporation and Z Holdings Corporation to improve profitability and enhance product development capabilities. Nomura Holdings also aims to strengthen its digital services.

  • Upon completion of the restructuring, Nomura Securities will take over the securities business through a corporate split. LINE Securities will continue to provide its "LINE FX" service.

The Big Picture: This restructuring reflects an adaptive approach to the changing business environment and the need for optimal resource allocation within the industry.

The shift to focus on FX margin trading reflects the evolving digital services landscape in the financial sector.

It also underscores the firms' ongoing efforts to achieve sustainable growth and meet stakeholder needs in a rapidly changing industry.