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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Moving Average Analysis of EWJ’s Banking Industry

    On December 31, 2015, the banking industry of the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) returned -0.4%. The Wisdom Tree Japan Hedged Equity ETF (DXJ) fell by 1%.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Japans Increasing National Debt To GDP
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Japan’s Fiscal Policies Can Help Achieve Its Economic Goals

    Prime Minister Abe’s administration initially achieved coordination between the Bank of Japan’s QQE and fiscal stimulus.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Yield Curve Control
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key Highlights of Japan’s QQE with Yield Curve Control

    The Bank of Japan will set two interest rates: a short-term policy rate and an operating target for long-term interest rates. These rates will serve as guidelines for market operations.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///FI Profit
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Monetary Easing and Financial Intermediation in Japan

    Maintaining confidence is key to raising inflation expectations, and the Bank of Japan intends to control the yield curve in order to guide inflation expectations.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s behind the Calvert International Equity Fund’s Poor Showing?

    The Calvert International Equity Fund – Class A (CWVGX) has had a forgettable 2016 so far.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    How Geographic Restriction Has Hurt VPACX in 2016

    Almost all holdings from the financial sector have contributed negatively to the VPACX so far in 2016.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Telecom Services Cap the High Portfolio Turnover for SAESX

    The SunAmerica Japan Fund – Class A (SAESX) fell a sharp 17% in the first four months of 2016, making it the second-worst performer among the nine funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the CNJFX
    Fund Managers

    Portfolio Moves of CNJFX in 2016: Do They Matter?

    Industrials, healthcare, and financials form the core of CNJFX. The three combined form about two-thirds of the portfolio.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///US Investment Grade Bond Fund Flows
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Funds Continue to Witness Inflows

    Investment-grade bond funds saw net inflows of $1.0 billion during the week ending April 6—compared to net inflows of $112.3 million in the week ending March 30.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance in WE Apr
    Company & Industry Overviews

    BMW US Capital Issued the Most High-Grade Bonds Last Week

    US financials dominated the primary market for high-grade bonds in the week ending April 8. They accounted for 53.0%, or $13.4 billion, of all the issues.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///CWVGXs Top Ten Invested Geographies
    Fund Managers

    An Investor’s Guide to the Calvert International Equity Fund

    Apart from common stocks, the Calvert International Equity Fund invests in preferred stocks and depositary receipts as well.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the High Volatility of the Japanese Yen in Recent Months?

    The US dollar–Japanese yen currency pair has been one of the most volatile developed country currencies in the past six months. The Japanese yen saw heavy appreciation in August.

    By David Meyer
  • uploads///VPACXs Invested Geographies
    Fund Managers

    Overview of the Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Fund (VPACX)

    The Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Fund is the only passive fund of our nine. It invests mostly according to the FTSE Developed Asia Pacific All-Cap Index.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Composition of Japan Focused Mutual Funds
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Japan-Focused Mutual Funds Entice Investors in 2016?

    Even with all sorts of macroeconomic problems, Japan-focused mutual funds were superlative performers among developed markets in 2015. One of the reasons for that was a surge in corporate profits.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the HJPNX
    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Portfolio Scan of the Hennessy Japan Fund (HJPNX) in 2015

    The Hennessy Japan Fund – Investor Class (HJPNX) was managing $128 million in assets at the end of December 2015.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Japanese Housing Sector Sent a Mixed Signal in December

    According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japanese housing starts fell 1.3% in December YoY as compared to a rise of 1.7% in November.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Toshiba Tops EWJ’s Performance

    On January 4, 2016, Toshiba (TOSBF) was the top performer of the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ).

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Performance of Obayashi versus Japan Airport Terminal
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Obayashi Led EWJ, Plans to Dump Its Cross-Held Shares

    EWJ’s top stocks were Obayashi, Maruichi Steel, and Japan Retail Fund Investments. They returned 1.9%, 1.7%, and 1.6%, respectively.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Amada Holdings Outperformed Hitachi
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Amada Holdings Was EWJ’s Top Stock, Upgraded by Mitsubishi UFJ

    On Monday, December 7, 2015, the stocks at the top of the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) were Amada Holdings, Mixi, and TDK.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Colopl Outperformed Oracle
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Colopl Is EWJ’s Top-Performing Stock, with a Rise of 5%

    EWJ’s top performers on December 2 were Colopl, Taisei, and Kyushu Electric Power. EWJ’s worst performers were Hitachi and Honda, among others.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Industry wise Return of EWJ on November
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Banking Stocks Dragged Down EWJ for the Second Straight Day

    To understand what drove EWJ and what pulled it down on November 27, 2015, it’s important for investors to analyze the performance of the various industries in EWJ that day.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Industry wise Return of EWJ
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Banking Stocks Dragged down EWJ on November 25

    Leading Japanese banking companies like Sumitomo Mitsui and Mizuho declared that they would realize investment gains by selling stock holdings on their latest earnings.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Industry wise Return of EWJ
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Fukuoka Financial Group Led EWJ, Toyota Lagged

    Fukuoka Financial Group returned 2.8% on November 19, 2015. Moody’s, the global credit rating agency, upgraded the bank’s outlook to positive in September 2015.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Japan interest rate and debt
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Japanese Equity Should Continue to Remain Attractive

    The case for Japanese equity is based on corporate profitability, corporate reforms for sustainable growth, and Japanese equities that continue to be the cheapest in the developed world.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Voya Japan TOPIX Index Portfolio Class A
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Voya Japan TOPIX Index Portfolio Class A Fared in September 2015

    The Voya Japan TOPIX Index Portfolio fell by 6.7% in September 2015 from the previous month.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Break down of the HJPNX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Hennessy Japan Fund Investor Class (HJPNX): Historical Overview

    The Hennessy Japan Fund Inv Class seeks “long-term capital appreciation by investing in stocks of Japanese companies” and has 22 holdings as of September.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Commonwealth Japan Fund
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Commonwealth Japan Fund Fared in September 2015

    The Commonwealth Japan Fund (CNJFX) fell by 5.8% in September 2015 from the previous month, but it remained an above-average performer among peers.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Break down of the BIAJX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Brown Advisory-WMC Japan Alpha Opportunities Fund (BIAJX): Overview

    Brown Advisory-WMC Japan Alpha Opportunities Fund doesn’t target a specific segment by market capitalization. Instead, it intends to be benchmark agnostic.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///US Investment Grade Bond Fund Flows
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Funds Witness Inflows

    Flows into investment-grade bond funds were positive for the week ending on October 14 after witnessing four consecutive weeks of outflows.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Portfolio Weight CNJFX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What You Should Know about the Commonwealth Japan Fund (CNJFX)

    The Commonwealth Japan Fund has been in existence since July 1989 and was managing assets of $5.2 million as of August 2015. Its net expense ratio is 3.5%.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Japans Purchasing Managers Indices
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Manufacturing and Services Sectors Expanded in August

    Manufacturing activity in Japan, represented by the Nikkei Japan Manufacturing PMI, rose in August, with the indicator rising to 51.7 points from 51.2 in July.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Housing Starts in Japan
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Growth in Japanese Housing Starts Slowed in July 2015

    Japanese housing starts rose in July 2015, but their pace slowed compared to a month ago. Housing starts rose by 7.4% in July compared to a year ago.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Outstanding Japanese Government Bonds and Borrowings
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Does the Macroeconomic Picture of Japan Look?

    Policymakers and investors have been worried about Japan’s debt burden becoming unmanageable. The International Monetary Fund noted that Japan’s debt could near 300% of its GDP mark by 2030.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///IMFs projections on global economic growth July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    International Monetary Fund: Global Economy to Slow Down in 2015

    In this series, we’ll look at the International Monetary Fund’s expectations for economic growth around the world, and we’ll explore how these projections might affect your investments.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads/// Year TIPS Note Issuance versus Bid Cover Ratio
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Real Yield for the 5-Year TIPS Auction in Negative Territory

    Higher inflation expectations move bond yields higher, including Treasuries, investment-grade corporate bonds , and high-yield debt.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance for WE March
    Company & Industry Overviews

    EMD Finance’s Yankee Corporate Issue Is the Largest in 2015

    Yankee bonds dominated the issuance in the week. They accounted for 43.5% of all the issues. Yankee corporates made up 31.3% of all the issues.

    By David Ashworth
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