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  • 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///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///JPY Short term
    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///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 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///Japan hsg
    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
  • 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

    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///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
  • 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 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
  • 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///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///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///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///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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