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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bank of Japan: No Changes in the October Policy Meeting

    At its October policy meeting, the Bank of Japan left its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged. The decision was made by an 8-1 majority vote.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Update on the Bank of Japan’s September Policy Meeting

    The Bank of Japan left its policy unchanged at its September meeting. By an 8–1 majority vote, the policy board decided to leave its policy and its QQE with a yield curve control unchanged.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The IMF Sees Improvement in Japanese Economic Growth Forecasts

    The IMF expects Japanese economic growth to be 0.5% in 2016—the same as in 2015—and to tick up to 0.6% in 2017.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hunting for Yield: Looking beyond Japan

    Japan is the largest accessible bond market in Asia (source: Barclays Multiverse Index as of 7/29/16), but the problem is the yields for many local bonds are negative.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Structural Reforms Are Needed to Spur the Japanese Economy

    Market participants believe that the BoJ (Bank of Japan) needs to do more to beat deflation and propel the Japanese economy to sustainable long-term growth.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Monetary Policy Isn’t Enough to Boost the Japanese Economy

    The BoJ is the one of the largest holders of Japanese (DFJ) government bonds and also a major player in equity markets.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Japanese Stocks Look Attractive as Valuations Drop

    Japanese (EWJ) (SCJ) equities have become attractive thanks to relatively low valuations after a 20% fall from highs recorded in August last year.

    By Heidi Richardson
  • Financials

    Japanese large caps versus Japanese small caps: An overview

    Many large-cap stocks are exporters, and can benefit from a weaker yen. Look for funds that provide broad and diversified exposure to well-established Japanese large- and mid-cap companies.

    By BlackRock
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