Furthermore, a rising rate picture in the U.S. 10-year Treasury note has been closely related to the weakening of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar, which has helped support Japan’s export-oriented economy.
A weakening yen currency may weigh on Japanese equity investments. However, a currency-hedged ETF option like DXJ would allow investors to access a growing Japanese market and limit the negative foreign exchange risks associated with a falling yen currency. Furthermore, DXJ’s underlying WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Index is designed to exclude companies that derive more than 80% of revenue from within Japan, which contributes to the portfolio’s export industry tilt.
“Since the beginning of the Abenomics period, the performance of Japan’s equities has ebbed and flowed, but if one were to ask what were the best times to allocate toward Japan, the data here suggests that it was clearly during rising U.S. rate periods. Financials and exporters did very well, on average, over these periods, as did U.S. small caps,” Gannatti said, citing data from the five-year period ended November 2017.
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