Japanese investors regain their home bias

Japanese_yen_symbolInvestor flows into Japanese equity funds reached their highest weekly total in four years last week. EPFR Global, the research company that provided the fund flow data, attributed the rise largely to domestic Japanese investors re-allocating assets to their home market. These investors, “turned inwards amidst tech and tariff induced equity market sell-offs around the globe”, said a statement by the firm. “Japan, which offers investors a reform story and a central bank still committed to aggressive quantitative easing, has posted seven straight quarters of economic growth and Japan equity funds are enjoying their longest inflow streak since a 27-week run ended in early 3Q13 [the third quarter of 2013],” added the statement. Other fund types were less favoured in the week ending March 29. US equity funds suffered a net outflow of $15 billion, according to the data. ©2018 funds global asia

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