A Strategic Partnership with Nomura Asset Management

On May 19, 2016, Nomura Holdings acquired a non-controlling 41% economic interest in American Century Investments®. This expands the opportunities for each firm to reach new clients and provide a broader range of solutions to serve our investors' strategic interests.

Strong Connections—A Real Advantage

Founded in 1925, Nomura Holdings is a financial services group headquartered in Asia, offering an integrated global network spanning 30 countries. Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporations and governments through four business divisions:

  • Retail—A broad range of financial products and services to individuals and corporate clients in Japan.
  • Asset management—Investment products and advisory services for individual investors and institutions globally.
  • Wholesale (global markets and investment banking)—Global markets consist of research, sales and trading of global securities; while investment banking offers capital raising and advisory services.
  • Merchant banking—A wider range of solutions to meet the sophisticated needs of clients to grow their businesses, including equity and human resources support.

Driven by the insights of nearly 28,000 employees, Nomura puts clients at the center of everything they do, focusing on long-term partnerships and customized capabilities. Specializing in Japanese and Asian equities, they also manage competitive product categories such as high-yield bonds, absolute return strategies, smart beta and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Given the minimal overlap between American Century Investments' and Nomura's products and regional coverage, this thoughtful collaboration supports both firms' efforts to further diversify business interests globally and share our investment expertise for clients around the world. This includes leveraging Nomura's connections in Japan and Asia and American Century Investments' in the U.S.

photograph of Junko Nakagawa and Jonathan Thomas

Junko Nakagawa, CEO of Nomura Asset Management, and Jonathan Thomas, CEO of American Century Investments.

A Focus on Performance

Building long-lasting client relationships and our dedication to delivering superior performance are key priorities for both American Century and Nomura. Whether designing tailored strategies or providing a comprehensive range of solutions and insights, we share a mandate to offer investments that align with our clients' needs.

Shared Values and Corporate Culture

James E. Stowers Jr., founder of American Century Investments, often said "If we help others become successful, they, in turn, will make us successful." This belief is similar to the founder of Nomura's "putting the customer first," and demonstrates our common values.


photograph of Nomura Founder, Tokushichi Nomura


Founded in 1925
by Tokushichi Nomura

photograph of American Century Investments, James E. Stowers, Jr.

American Century Investments

Founded in 1958
by James E. Stowers, Jr.


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Focus on our clients

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Providing value for our investors and clients


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Value our people, team work and global spirit

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Challenging and inspiring the best people, with a tremendous emphasis on teamwork and responsibility

Society & Economy

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Enrich the nation through the securities business

Risk Culture

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Identify creative solutions while maintaining a strict risk discipline

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Being adaptable and innovative
Working with integrity

Firm & Investors

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Achieve consistent profitability regardless of market direction

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Building a financially sound company

Growing Together

The two firms have established a Business Opportunity Committee, jointly chaired by American Century Investments' CEO and Nomura's Head of Asset Management, to explore the development of potential products together. American Century and Nomura are both committed to continuing the work of building a framework for enhanced collaboration.

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Colleagues from American Century Investments and Nomura Asset Management collaborating in Kansas City.

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Nomura Asset Management headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

This material has been prepared for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon for, investment, accounting, legal or tax advice.