Abenomics’ Third Arrow: Reasons for Optimism About the Japanese Economy in 2015

Abenomics’ Third Arrow: Reasons for Optimism About the Japanese Economy in 2015

Recent developments tied to Abenomics as well as a look back at inflection points in Japanese history, suggests that we may in fact be at a critical departure from the past 25 years–Abenomics may actually be working. This talk places the past ‘lost decades’ in the broader context of Japan’s financial markets and economic development within the global economy and offers a thoughtful rationale while today, things are indeed different for the Japanese economy in general and/or for Japanese equities.



Deloitte, 555 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105


Program Schedule:

11:30 am Registration
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Presentation
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Q&A


  • No refunds after June 23rd.
  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 30th. 

About David Baeckelandt:

David Baeckelandt (MA, Early Modern Japanese History, University of Illinois, C-U) is DavidManaging Director, Institutional Sales, at LaSalle St. Investment Advisors, LLC (LSIA). LSIA is an $800 million affiliate of $8 bn AUM Chicago-based LaSalle St. Securities. Earlier Baeckelandt worked for other investment management firms in institutional sales, and for Mercer Investment Consulting, where he was a Principal and the U.S. Business Leader for the Analytics and Research Group.

From 1994-2002 Baeckelandt worked for William Blair & Co., where he set up and ran the Japan subsidiary and the Tokyo branch office. This was the first foreign, dual licensed, investment advisory firm in Japan. Baeckelandt began his career selling investment management services to Japanese transplants in the U.S. for the predecessor banks of Mitsubishi UFJ (1988-1994), after stints as a translator (The Japanese Stock Market, Praeger, 1988) and as an interpreter for a joint venture (TOP USA, Moran, KS).

David Baeckelandt has spoken on subjects connecting history and finance in Japan, Benelux, and the United States. He has been an invited speaker at U.S. and Japanese universities (Northwestern’s Kellogg School, University of Chicago’s Booth School, Indiana’s Kelly School, Konan University, and others), professional associations (the CFA Society of Chicago), museums (The Chicago History Museum, The Museum of American Finance in New York), non-profits (The AKAMAI Foundation, The Japan America Society of Chicago) and foreign affiliated groups (JETRO).

Baeckelandt has published nearly one hundred articles on the nexus of finance and history (primarily in The Journal of Financial History, Scripophily, Paper Money, etc.). Separately, Baeckelandt published Japanese Financial Art, which offers an overview of the history of Japanese scripophily (stock and bond certificates). The proceeds of this book go to the Japan America Society of Chicago. Earlier, Baeckelandt published Hawaiian Financial Art, which explores Honolulu’s history as a financial center and the contributions of the Hawaiian Islands to scripophily (proceeds donated to the AKAMAI Foundation).

David Baeckelandt serves or has served on several non-profit Boards (notably the Japan America Society of Chicago) and lives in Glenview IL with his wife and three children.



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