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  • Mar. 31, 2015, 4:18 AM
    • Asian equities are off to a winning start this year, with China and Japan stealing the show in the first quarter.
    • Abundant global liquidity, provided by the BOJ and ECB, combined with...interest rate cuts by several central banks in the region and lower oil prices have bolstered sentiment towards Asian equities," said Tai Hui, chief Asia market strategist at JPMorgan.
    • China's Shanghai Composite has rallied 17% so far this year and expectations of further stimulus will likely buoy the market going forward.
    • Japan's Nikkei Index was the second top performer in the region, up 13% YTD, benefiting from the central bank's QE policies and the shift by the country's pension funds out of bonds and into equities.
    • ETFs: FXI, DXJ, EWJ, EWH, KWEB, PGJ, YINN, GXC, FXP, ASHR, HAO, TAO, YANG, CHIQ, CQQQ, DFJ, CHIX, MCHI, QQQC, PEK, NKY, DBJP, XPP, YAO, EZJ, EWV, YXI, JPNL, DXJS, CHXF, ECNS, FCA, CN, CHII, SCJ, CHIE, CHIM, JSC, ITF, EWHS, FCHI, JPP, ASHS, KFYP, CNXT, CHNA, KBA, HEWJ, FHK, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJH, DXJR, DXJC, DXJF, AFTY
    | Mar. 31, 2015, 4:18 AM
  • Mar. 27, 2015, 4:55 AM
    • Lower oil prices and subdued consumer demand have again pushed Japan to the brink of deflation, underscoring the difficulties faced by policy makers to revive the world’s third-largest economy through its ¥80T a year stimulus program.
    • Japanese core consumer price inflation, which includes energy prices but excludes food, fell to zero Y/Y in February, far below the 2% target the central bank had aimed to achieve by this spring.
    • The Nikkei Composite Index dropped 1% on the news, falling to 19,286.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Mar. 27, 2015, 4:55 AM | 6 Comments
  • Mar. 23, 2015, 3:24 AM
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  • Mar. 18, 2015, 6:23 AM
    • Japanese shares rose today after data showed exports rising at a faster-than-expected pace in February and Nintendo (OTCPK:NTDOY) jumped on its entrance to the smartphone gaming industry.
    • The Nikkei closed up 0.6% at 19,544 as Japanese exports grew for the sixth straight month, helped by a weaker exchange rate and strength in the U.S. economy.
    • Nintendo soared 21% to its daily limit of ¥17,080, after remaining untraded during trading hours as its buy orders outnumbered sales.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Mar. 18, 2015, 6:23 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 17, 2015, 2:30 AM
    • The Bank of Japan maintained its massive ¥80T stimulus program today despite a tumbling inflation rate, indicating that a steady economic recovery will help achieve its ambitious price target without immediate, additional monetary easing.
    • Heading south, the Reserve Bank of Australia released minutes to its March 3 meeting when it kept its benchmark interest rate on hold following a cut in February, saying some time was needed for "the economy to adjust to the earlier change," but left the door wide open for another rate cut.
    • Meanwhile, the FOMC begins its two-day meeting on interest rate policy this morning, with nearly all believing that the Fed will delete the word "patient" from its statement.
    • Nikkei +1%; S&P/ASX 200 +0.8%; U.S. futures all lower by 0.1%.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, EWA, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, AUSE, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, KROO, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, EWAS, HEWJ, FAUS, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, QAUS, DXJR, DXJH, DXJF, DXJC
    | Mar. 17, 2015, 2:30 AM | 4 Comments
  • Mar. 13, 2015, 4:27 AM
    • Tokyo stocks surged through the 19,000 level today, tracking a positive lead from Wall Street to record their highest close since April 2000.
    • "The Nikkei 225 can go up further in 2015, probably closer to the 20,000 level, and what's going to drive that that will be the low yen," said Stephen Sheung, head of investment strategy at SHK Private.
    • The Nikkei currently leads all major Asian markets with an astounding 10.3% year-to-date gain.
    • The Nikkei closed up 1.4% at 19,254.
    • Previously: Nikkei passes 19K, reaches new 15-year high (Mar. 12 2015)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Mar. 13, 2015, 4:27 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 12, 2015, 8:56 PM
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  • Mar. 9, 2015, 2:20 AM
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  • Mar. 5, 2015, 5:05 AM
    • Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi called the bank's inflation projections overly optimistic and questioned the sustainability of its aggressive stimulus Thursday, in a direct challenge to Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda.
    • The BOJ faces the risk of being perceived as directly financing the government deficit, Kiuchi said. The bank's stimulus measures absorb almost 90% of newly issued government debt.
    • Kiuchi also rejected Kuroda's forecast that Japan's CPI will reach 2% by the middle of 2016.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, YCL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC
    | Mar. 5, 2015, 5:05 AM
  • Feb. 27, 2015, 2:05 AM
    • Upbeat Japanese industrial output data led the Nikkei to hit fresh 15-year highs today, while retail sales slid and inflation slowed, underscoring strength in export industries and weak domestic demand.
    • Production jumped 4% in January from the previous month, exceeding forecasts with the biggest gain since June 2011, while retail sales fell 1.3% and household spending dropped, highlighting the uneven nature of the country's economic recovery.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 27, 2015, 2:05 AM | 9 Comments
  • Feb. 23, 2015, 3:03 AM
    • Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average extended 15-year highs today after U.S. equity gauges climbed to records as Greece reached a provisional deal on its bailout program.
    • "The debt deal is giving comfort to the market," said Masashi Oda, chief investment officer at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, but added that investors' risk appetite is mainly due to Japanese shares' attractive valuations.
    • The Nikkei added 0.7% to 18,466.92 in Tokyo, its highest close since April 2000.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 23, 2015, 3:03 AM | 6 Comments
  • Feb. 19, 2015, 2:05 AM
    • Japanese exports surged in January, providing more evidence that the world's third largest economy is slowly climbing out of recession.
    • Exports rose by an 17% on year last month, their biggest jump since late 2013, while imports in January contracted 9% Y/Y.
    • Helped by gains in financial and shipping companies, Tokyo’s Nikkei touched its highest level since May 2000 during the session, climbing 0.6% to 18,307.25.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 19, 2015, 2:05 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 18, 2015, 1:57 AM
    • As widely expected, the Bank of Japan maintained its massive ¥80T annual stimulus program today, its main tool to hit 2% inflation by next fiscal year.
    • Data earlier this week confirmed that the country pulled out of recession in the fourth quarter of last year, although annualized growth of 2.2% was much weaker than expected.
    • The Nikkei closed up 1.2% at 18,199.17 following the decision, its highest level since July 2007.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 18, 2015, 1:57 AM
  • Feb. 16, 2015, 1:48 AM
    • Japan pulled out of recession in the final months of 2014, data on Monday showed, though the economic growth came in much weaker than expected.
    • Helped by a rebound in exports, GDP expanded at an annualized rate of 2.2% in the quarter through December, but the figure missed analysts' forecast for a 3.6% rise.
    • Japan's economy had contracted in each of the two previous quarters, due to a rise in the nation-wide consumption tax last April.
    • The focus now swings to the BOJ, which is due to release its latest monetary policy decision on Wednesday. The central bank unexpectedly expanded its massive QE program in October, swelling Japan's monetary base by around ¥80T each year, from ¥60T-¥70T previously.
    • Following the growth report, the Nikkei closed up 0.5% at 18,004.77.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 16, 2015, 1:48 AM | 9 Comments
  • Feb. 12, 2015, 4:18 AM
    • Japanese stocks rose today, as the market reopened from a holiday during which the yen weakened and positive machine orders data was reported.
    • The Topix advanced 1.5% to 1,449.39, while the Nikkei added 1.9% to 17,979.72, as both indexes advanced to 2007 highs.
    • Japanese machine orders surged 11.4% Y/Y in December, double the pace estimated by economists.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 12, 2015, 4:18 AM
  • Feb. 3, 2015, 12:35 PM
    • Among those cut is the SPDR Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond (NYSEARCA:LAG), which now charges 0.1% per year, down from 0.21%, and making it more competitive with AGG and BND.
    • SSgA's (NYSE:STT) ten international ETFs - a group including IPD, IPW, and IPK - now have annual fees of 0.4% vs. 0.5% previously. The emerging markets ETFs' - including EDIV and GML - new expense ratios are 0.49%, down from 0.50-0.59% previously.
    • Some of the fee reductions are more dramatic: The SPDR 1500 Value Tilt ETF (NYSEARCA:VLU) and the SPDR S&P 1500 Momentum Tilt ETF (NYSEARCA:MMTM) are cut to 0.12% from 0.35%, and the SPDR Russell 2000 Low Volatility ETF (NYSEARCA:SMLV) is cut to 0.12% from 0.25%.
    • Others with cuts: ITE, SST, TLO, ITR, LGLV, LWC, SCPB, IPE, MOYG, MOYV, SLY, SLYG, SLYV, SPYG, SPVV, JPP, JSC, MTK, GWX, IPF, IPN, PS, IPU, IRV, IRY, IST, BIK, EEMB, GAF, GMF, GML, GUR, IBND.
    | Feb. 3, 2015, 12:35 PM
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The SPDR® Russell/Nomura Small Cap™ Japan ETF, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the total return performance of the Russell/Nomura Japan Small Cap Index, an equity index based upon the Japanese small cap equity market. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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