Japanese stock markets

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.

Japan is buoyant and cheap

In the early and mid-2000s, the Japanese market consistently saw around 100 initial public offerings a year. When the crisis struck, flotations slipped sharply, but now we are finally on track for a post-crisis high.

Why Abenomics makes Japan the market to buy now

Most investors are behind the curve on Japan. They’re missing a trick, says Merryn Somerset Webb – Shinzo Abe’s reforms are breaking the “iron coffin lid” and bargains abound.

Japan's economy is in a sweet spot

Five years after the launch of Abenomics, the programme of massive monetary easing and fiscal stimulus under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s economy is in a “sweet spot”.

Nintendo levels up

The Japanese company is back in the game with a new hit console and mobile games. What comes next? Alice Gråhns reports.

Want to know where stocks will go next? Keep a close eye on Japan

Japanese stocks are at a significant price level. And where they go next could mark an important turning point. John Stepek explains why.

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