Japanese stock markets

Buy in to Japan’s new dawn

Overseas investors were net sellers of Japanese stocks last year. But Japan is entering a new era of “beautiful harmony”, and investors should get on board.

An optimistic outlook for Japan

It has been a lousy year for the Japanese economy. But it’s clear that a rebound is on the cards.

SoftBank: Japan’s largest-ever IPO

Japanese tech giant SoftBank is spinning off its mobile unit to raise cash for more tech investments, reports Marina Gerner. Who could benefit?

Why Japan is now even better value

We have considered Japan to be a bargain for some time. But having suffered some of the steepest declines of all major equity markets in the past few weeks, it is now even more appealing.

Japan: investors ignore good news

The good news just keeps coming in Japan. Employees’ earnings grew by 0.9% year-on-year in August, slightly down from 1.6% in July.

Not invested in Japan yet? Now looks a good opportunity

Shinzo Abe’s time as Japan’s prime minister has been good for investors. With his re-election as party leader, John Stepek sees no reason for that to change.

Where to find Japan’s small, cash-rich bargain stocks

One of the few big opportunities in global markets is Japan’s small-cap value sector. And now there is finally a fund that focuses directly on this niche, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japanese margins hit new peak

Over the past five years, Japanese companies’ average pre-tax profit margin has risen from 4.5% to 7.7%.

Japanese equities remain compelling for investors

This year has not been kind to Japanese equities. But this looks wrong-headed given the encouraging backdrop.

Dividends don’t end at Dover

Income investors who rely on UK stocks and funds are missing out on the fastest-growing source of income in the world – the dividends of Asia-Pacific companies.

The balance between value and growth

Investors need to go a long way to find sensibly priced stocks today, but Japan and the US still offer pockets of value, Simon Edelsten tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

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