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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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    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

    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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    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

    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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    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

    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
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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 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
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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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    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
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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

    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
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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
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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

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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