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7 June 2024

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This year, the Japanese stock market has surged over 10% in just a few months – hitting new highs in over 30 years and outperforming regional stock markets.

Global investment guru – Warren Buffet – raised eyebrows as he made big bets into Japanese stocks last year and publicly stated that they comprise the majority of his equity investments outside the US.

What exactly makes Japanese stocks so alluring?

1. Japanese stock buybacks soared to historical highs

In recent years, the Tokyo Stock Exchange has mandated Japanese listed companies to enhance shareholder returns and actively uplift market valuation. Consequently, Japanese stock buybacks have soared to unprecedented levels – hitting a new high for a second consecutive year in 2023 totaling some 9.6 trillion yen ($65 billion)

2. Japanese companies hold higher net cash

Furthermore, compared to other mature markets, Japanese companies typically boast a significantly higher proportion of net cash — signifying that they hold more cash than debt, thereby having the potential to increase buybacks and distribute dividends to shareholders.

3. Japan residents able to make more tax-free stock market investments

Additional favourable factors include the Japanese government’s move in Jan 2024 to expand the annual investment limits of the Nippon Individual Savings Account (NISA) program and extend the tax-exempt period to an indefinite term. This enables Japan residents to make more tax-free investments in the domestic stock market, thereby injecting further funds into it.

With the Japanese stock market outperforming various regions worldwide, it’s clear that keeping a closer eye on Japanese stocks could yield valuable opportunities for investors.

Check out our list of Japanese Equity Funds available on Fund Explorer:

Fund Code Fund Name
UT3966 Goldman Sachs Japan Equity Portfolio (JPY)(Acc)
UT3967 Goldman Sachs Japan Equity Portfolio (USD H)(Acc)
UT3968 Goldman Sachs Japan Equity Portfolio (HKD H)(Acc)
UT1067 JPMorgan Japan (Yen) Fund (JPY)
UT3152 JPMorgan Japan (Yen) Fund (HKD H)
UT3153 JPMorgan Japan (Yen) Fund (USD H)
UT3301 JPMorgan Japan (Yen) Fund (RMB H) (Acc)
UT2220 Schroder ISF Japanese Smaller Companies A (JPY) (Acc)

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