JPMorgan Japanese Investment Trust
Rated Fund 2014, 2018. Tokyo team seeks growth opportunities
This fund is set apart from the other Japanese investment trusts in our selection on the basis that its investment team is based in Japan. JP Morgan opened its Tokyo office in 1969 and has almost 50 years' experience there.
The trust's managers, Nicholas Weindling and Shoichi Mizusawa, believe the 24-strong locally based investment team provide a real competitive advantage, as they are able to identify attractive companies often overlooked by brokers and investors.
Their investment approach combines desk-based research with more than 2,400 company visits a year, from which they build a portfolio of 60 to 80 stocks. First, they consider the growth opportunity for the industry before looking at a company's competitive positioning. They also assess governance issues such as shareholder returns, management strength and track record on environmental and social issues. Only then do they consider valuations.
The managers can employ a gearing facility of up to 20 per cent of net assets and at the end of 2017 had 13 per cent of this invested.
Unlike other investment trusts investing in Japan, shares in JP Morgan Japanese can be picked up on a discount to net asset value. They have traded in a range of -7 to -15 per cent over the past three years, and at the end of 2017 were on a 7.1 per cent discount. �The extent of some premiums in the sector is a little daunting, so JPMorgan Japanese's discount is welcome,' says David Liddell, director of IpsoFacto Investor.
Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2018.See all Money Observer rated funds
|Senior Secured Loan Notes||10.25 %|
|Keyence Corp||6.02 %|
|Recruit Holdings Co Ltd||5.98 %|
|National Australia Bank Ltd - Jpy 5 Year Fixed Rat||5.55 %|
|Shiseido Co Ltd||5.10 %|
|M3 Inc||4.70 %|
|Tokio Marine Holdings Inc||4.11 %|
|CyberAgent Inc||4.04 %|
|Hikari Tsushin Inc||3.65 %|
|Kao Corp||3.60 %|
|Consumer Defensive||14.03 %|
|Financial Services||12.01 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||8.04 %|
|Communication Services||5.69 %|
|Basic materials||5.16 %|
Shoichi Mizusawa, managing director, is a country specialist for Japan equities and head of the Japan Team within the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific (EMAP) Equities Team. Based in Japan, he leads the Japan-dedicated equity portfolio management teams in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Shoichi joined the Firm in 1997 as a marketing manager responsible for Japan pension funds. He transferred to the Japan Portfolio Group in 2000 and took up his current role in 2010. Prior to joining the Firm, Shoichi spent four years with Postipankki as the Tokyo representative in capital markets. He began his career with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in 1989. Shoichi obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Waseda University and an M.B.A. from Simon Fraser University.
Nicholas Weindling, executive director, is a country specialist for Japan equities and a member of the Japan Team within the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific (EMAP) Equities Team based in Tokyo. Nicholas joined the Firm in 2006 from Baillie Gifford in Edinburgh, where he worked initially as a UK large cap analyst and latterly as a Japanese equities investment manager. Nicholas obtained a B.A. (Hons) in History from Cambridge University.
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