Just because outright denials by Dick Bove, Alliance Bernstein, Credit Suisse, Jim Cramer and Wells Fargo were not enough to prevent a rout of Morgan Stanley stock after someone dared to point out one simple observation, here comes the 2008 deja vu when the Asians had to step up and protect their "strategic alliance" partners, also known as deeply underwater investments. We expect another Eureka moment from the Orkimedes Of Omaha (and grand tax vizier) shortly.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (“MUFG”) (NYSE:MTU) today issued the following statement regarding its strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley
“In response to recent market volatility MUFG wishes to reiterate that we are firmly committed to our long-term strategic alliance with Morgan Stanley. The special relationship we have formed remains core to our global business strategy. We will continue to work to leverage Morgan Stanley's superior franchise strengths in institutional securities and wealth management with our substantial deposit base and global corporate banking business to add value to both franchises over the decades to come.”
MUFG is one of the world’s leading financial groups, with total assets of JPY206 trillion (approximately US$2.6 trillion) as of June 30, 2011. MUFG’s services include commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management and leasing. The Group’s operating companies include The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. Japan’s largest commercial bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, Japan’s leading trust bank, and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s largest securities firms. For more information about MUFG, please visit http://www.mufg.jp/english/index.html.