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QE Japan

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Inflation? Yes, Please!

In the wake of the global financial crisis, the US Fed, carried out 3 rounds of quantitative easing which helped propel the stock market to record highs as of January 2014[2]. Looking to boost its own economy, Japan’s central bank has taken a page from the United States’ Fed, and implemented its own quantitative easing (QE) program, -- to the tune of about 101 trillion yen – at the behest of Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.[3] Japan’s QE effort is the equivalent of triple the American endeavor on a comparative GDP basis. Since the program was announced in November 2012, the Nikkei is up almost 75%[2] while labor cash earnings, a benchmark for wages, are projected to increase 0.6 percent in the year starting April 1, 2014. [4] The program has also had the desired effect on the Japanese currency, with the Yen depreciating by almost 30%, which brings higher returns for US-based investors.[2] This motif includes stocks of Japanese ADRs as well as a currency hedge to protect against the depreciation in the Yen. See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
38.8% Currency Hedge 2.7%
38.8% ProShares Ultra Short Yen ETF YCS 2.7%
27.3% Consumer Discretionary 24.5%
14.6% Toyota Motor Corp TM 19.1%
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24.0% Financials 6.6%
8.3% Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. MUFG 5.9%
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9.9% Information Technology 7.6%
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