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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
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    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
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    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

    Tough Times for FAIDX So Far in 2016

    As of August’s end, 2016 has been a horrible year for FAIDX. The fund stands dead last among the 12 funds chosen for this review.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Are the BoJ’s Projections for Economic Activity in Japan?

    The Bank of Japan gave its economic outlook after the monetary policy meeting on July 29. The weak data are due to the slowdown in emerging economies.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Volatility in the Japanese Yen before the BoJ’s Meeting

    The Japanese yen gained strength during mid-July due to growing uncertainties surrounding the BOE’s (Bank of England) monetary policy.

    By David Meyer
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Tech Stocks Have Helped the Invesco Pacific Growth Fund in 2016

    The Invesco Pacific Growth Fund – Class A (TGRAX) has been an above average performer.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    How the BlackRock Pacific Fund’s Portfolio Has Shifted in 2016

    The BlackRock Pacific Fund uses a combination of bottom-up stock picking and top-down macro analysis while constructing its portfolio.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    A Dismal YTD 2016 for the Fidelity Advisor Overseas Fund

    The Fidelity Advisor Overseas Fund – Class A (FAOAX) is positioned for a consumption-driven upturn, and it has preferred tech stocks over financials.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Companies Issued the Most High-Grade Bonds Last Week?

    US financials dominated the primary market for high-grade bonds in the week ended April 22, 2016, making up 74.0%, or $13.1 billion, of all issues.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Issuance Fell Last Week

    Investment-grade corporate bonds worth $17.7 billion were issued in the primary market in the week ended April 22, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    The Invesco Pacific Growth Fund Sees Turbulence in 2016

    From a purely net asset value return standpoint, the Invesco Pacific Growth Fund Class A (TGRAX) fell the least among its peer group during the one-year period ending March 31, 2016.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Why You Might Reconsider Investing in the BlackRock Pacific Fund

    From a purely net asset value return standpoint, the (BlackRock Pacific Fund Investor A Shares) MDPCX figured among the bottom three funds in its peer group in 1Q16.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What’s Jamie Dimon’s Outlook for Chinese Banks?

    Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s (JPM) CEO and chairman, thinks the Chinese economy (FXI) has the potential to house 30% of the world’s largest companies in the next 20–30 years.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance in WE Feb
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Johnson & Johnson Led High-Grade Bond Market Last Week

    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) issued Aaa/AAA rated high-grade bonds worth $7.5 billion on February 25. US corporates dominated the primary market for high-grade bonds in the week ended February 26.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Issuance Records Highest Issuance

    Investment-grade corporate bonds worth $51.4 billion were issued in the primary market in the week ended February 26, 2016. This was the highest recorded in February.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Japanese Financial ETF DXJF Is in a Bearish Trend in 2016

    The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Financials (DXJF) seeks to provide exposure to the Japanese financial sector.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    How Is FAIDX Doing following Its Tough Month in January?

    The Fidelity Advisor International Discovery Fund – Class A (FAIDX) was launched in December 1986.

    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
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    A Performance Breakdown of the Invesco Pacific Growth Fund (TGRAX)

    In NAV (net asset value) terms, in the one year period ending January 2016, Invesco Pacific Growth Fund (TGRAX) came in second place among our nine funds.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Performance Breakdown of the BlackRock Pacific Fund (MPCX)

    In NAV (net asset value) terms, in the one-year period ending January 2016, the BlackRock Pacific Fund (MDPCX) came in seventh among our nine funds.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    Meet the BlackRock Pacific Fund (MDPCX)

    The BlackRock Pacific Fund (MDPCX) invests at least 80% of its net assets in equities of companies located in Far Eastern or Western Pacific countries.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Is the Japanese Yen Gaining Strength?

    The US dollar to Japanese yen currency pair, which is inversely related to the Japanese yen, had a remarkable week beginning Monday, February 1, 2016. It fell from close to 121 to a low of 115.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bank of Japan Surprised the Markets with a Negative Interest Rate

    The US dollar-Japanese yen currency pair is inversely related to the Japanese yen. It rose to a high of 121.68 after the BoJ’s (Bank of Japan) monetary policy.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why the Matthews Japan Fund Was the Best-Performing Fund in 2015

    The Matthews Japan Fund – Investor Class (MJFOX) fell 0.4% in December 2015 from the previous month. In the three- and six-month periods ended December 31, the fund rose 10.4% and fell 1.2%, respectively.

    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

    What Contributed to the Rise in Japanese Inflation in December?

    The target inflation rate set by the B0J (Bank of Japan) stands at 2.0%. However, the December inflation is much lower than the target inflation rate.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Service Activity Saw Modest Expansion in December 2015

    Japanese services PMI slightly changed at 51.5 in December The service sector accounts for ~72.6% of Japan’s GDP. According to Markit, Japan’s services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) dipped slightly to 51.5 in December 2015, as compared to 51.6 in November 2015. As a result, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) and the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity […]

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Expects a Strong Start in 2016

    The BoJ made it clear that a strong yen isn’t something that it wants. The expectations of a strong yen are mainly due to the economy.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Unemployment Rises in Japan

    According to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications, the unemployment rate rose to 3.3% in November 2015, as compared to 3.1% in October 2015 and 3.5% in November 2014.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Household Spending Fell with a Drop in Income

    Household income in Japan fell 1.8% YoY (year-over-year) in November, despite rises in new orders and production levels.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Inflation Rate Remained Unchanged in November

    With an increase in food prices by 2.9%, Japan’s CPI remained relatively unchanged on a YoY basis in November, recording the same increase of 0.3% seen in October 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Capital Spending May Help Japan’s Economy to Grow at 1.7% in 2016

    After sliding for two consecutive quarters, Japan’s economy has advanced 0.3% in 3Q15. This comes as a relief to the ailing Japanese economy.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Gains against the Dollar after BoJ’s Policy Release

    The US dollar-Japanese yen currency pair is inversely related to the Japanese yen. It fell by more than 1% on December 18 after the BoJ’s monetary policy.

    By David Meyer
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Rose Slightly Due to Safe-Haven Demand

    The Japanese yen was trading with a slightly stronger bias against the US dollar on December 14, 2015. Investments increased in the safe-haven currency.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    DXJF Is in a Bearish Trend

    On December 11, 2015, DXJF closed at $25.57. This was below its 100-day, 50-day, and 20-day moving averages of $27.71, $27.39, and $27.47, respectively.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Rose on Positive GDP Numbers

    The Japanese yen gained early on December 8, 2015, as GDP (gross domestic product) figures were upwardly revised.

    By David Meyer
  • 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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Retail Sales Rebounded in October

    According to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, retail sales rose 1.8% YoY (year-over-year) in October, as compared to the downwardly revised 0.1% decline in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Industrial Production Will Likely Be Gloomy in December

    With a rise in production and shipments, Japan industrial production rose by 1.4% in October—compared to a rise of 1.1% in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • 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
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Overall Snapshot of the Market on November 25

    On November 25, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF closed on a flat note ahead of the holiday. It closed at $209.3. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF fell by 0.81% on the day.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    Russia versus Turkey and the Demand For Safe-Haven Currencies

    The rise of geopolitical tension in Syria Today, on November 24, with Turkey shooting down a Russian plane near the Syrian border, meant that there was again demand for safe-haven currencies.

    By David Meyer
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Strengthens as BoJ Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged

    The US dollar to Japanese yen currency pair fell by 0.59% on November 19. The pair fell to a low of 122.6, before closing the day at 122.9.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Fidelity Advisor International Discovery Fund – Class A (FAIDX)

    The Fidelity Advisor International Discovery Fund – Class A (FAIDX) requires a minimum initial investment of $2,500. There is no minimum for additional investments.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Fell Due to the Disappointing GDP

    The US dollar-Japanese yen currency pair rose nearly 0.8% on November 16. The currency pair reached a high of 123.3 before closing for the day at 123.2.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    DXJF Crosses below Its 20-day Moving Average on October 30

    DXJF is the only ETF to provide exposure to Japanese financial stocks. Trading activity in the DXJF fund has been scarce, with only a few thousand shares trading hands each day.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Japanese Yen Rises as the Bank of Japan Holds Further Easing

    The Japanese yen rose versus the US dollar on October 30, 2015, as the Bank of Japan kept rates unchanged at 0.1%.

    By David Meyer
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    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
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Japanese Equity: Cheap Valuations, Rising Dividends, Focus on ROE

    Japanese equity is significantly cheaper than US equity and other developed markets, based on revenue. With corporate reforms underway, corporate profitability is set to gain further in Japan.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Abe’s ‘Third Arrow’ to Benefit Investors in Japanese Equity

    Quantitative easing measures in Japan are making Japanese equity attractive. Abe’s third arrow of Abenomics should boost corporate profitability and, consequently, Japanese equity.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analysis of the iShares MSCI Japan ETF and Its Top Performers

    An analysis of the iShares MSCI Japan ETF will tell us about more about its Volatility, showing the fluctuation in periodic returns from average returns.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The EWJ ETF Fell Ahead of Bank of Japan Meeting

    The EWJ ETF is an indicator of the Japanese equity market. On October 27 it fell by 0.80% from the previous trading session, ahead of the Bank of Japan’s meeting.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Yen Rallies, Offsetting Lask Week’s Plunge

    The Japanese Yen rallied against the US dollar on October 27, 2015, after a massive fall in the currency last week.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    EWJ’s Sectoral Composition and Industry Performances

    The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) fell 0.08% from the previous day to close at $12.50 on October 26 ahead of the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy review on Friday, October 30.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did the Components of EWJ Perform?

    The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) is a well known US-traded ETF that provides exposure to Japanese equities.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Malaysian Ringgit Rises Due to the Financial Budget

    The Malaysian ringgit rose against the US dollar on October 23. The financial budget by Prime Minister Najib Razak was framed to woo investors.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing the Fidelity Japan Fund (FJPNX): Historical Overview

    The Fidelity Japan Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in securities of Japanese issuers and other investments that are tied economically to Japan.

    By David Ashworth
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Does Japan Need to Focus on Productivity Growth?

    For Japan, a major obstacle to the productivity growth in the economy is still its demographics. The median age in Japan is 46 years.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Investors Should Know about the T. Rowe Price Japan Fund

    As of the end of July 2015, the T. Rowe Price Japan Fund (PRJPX) had assets worth $330.43 million. Its expense ratio is 1.05%, and it doesn’t charge a 12b-1 fee.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key Facts about the Fidelity Advisor Japan Fund – Class A

    The Fidelity Advisor Japan Fund – Class A (FPJAX) is an offering by Fidelity Investments. The fund has assets of $543.2 million as of August 2015. Its net expense ratio is 1.23%.

    By David Ashworth
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    New Order Growth Strengthened Japan’s August Manufacturing Report

    The flash reading for the Japan Manufacturing PMI was up for August. The index came in at 51.9 for August against July’s 51.2.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Asian Currencies Follow China’s Cue of Yuan Devaluation

    The PBOC (People’s Bank of China) surprised markets and devalued their currency by 2% against the US dollar on the back of some weak data

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bank of Japan Maintains Ultra Eased Monetary Policy

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda kept the rates unchanged at 0.1% in the monetary policy statement announced on Friday.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The DXJ and DBJP ETFs: How Do They Compare?

    The total number of holdings in the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity ETF (DXJ) is 329, whereas the total is 316 for the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (DBJP).

    By Renee Blakely
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    DXJ and DBJP: Comparing Japan’s Hedged Equity ETFs

    The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity ETF (DXJ) offers exposure to the Japanese equity market and hedges its risk of fluctuations between the US dollar and the Japanese yen.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    IMTM Is Exploring New Depths in Momentum Strategy Investing

    The iShares MSCI International Developed Momentum Factor ETF (IMTM) uses a momentum investment strategy that’s similar to GMOM.

    By Ivan Kading
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Structural Reforms Could Reshape Japan’s Political Economy

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently focused on shooting the “third arrow” of his Abenomics, which entails introducing certain structural reforms.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Parts of Japan’s Economy Most Need Reform Right Now?

    Japan needs to work on reducing the regulatory, political, and social barriers that hinder productivity and profitability in its economy.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Shinzo Abe’s Third Arrow: Structural Reforms to Boost Japan’s Growth

    Abenomics is a three-pronged approach that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likes to refer to as his “three arrows.”

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Confidence Up in Japan—EWJ Rises by 1.22%

    Consumer confidence is growing in the land of the rising sun, according to a report released by the Cabinet Office in Japan. Abenonics appear to be working.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Japan PMI report summary
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan Outperforms While Manufacturing Growth Is Muted

    The flash reading for the Japan Manufacturing PMI deteriorated slightly in June. The index came in at 49.9 for June against May’s 50.9.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan Outperforms Markets So Far this Year

    So far, Abe’s policy has worked well for Japan. Japanese stocks are up by almost 70%— local currency—since late 2012, which coincides with the election of reformist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the G20 thinks that structural reforms are important

    Usually governments are reluctant to pursue structural reforms. The reforms are difficult and complex to undertake. They can face stiff opposition.

    By David Ashworth
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