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Is the Japanese equity market faltering?

Is the Japanese equity market faltering?

There has been some head scratching going on for longer-term holders of Japanese stocks. Recent returns have been volatile. In 2016, Japanese shares returned only 0.3 per cent, as measured by the Topix index in yen (so to remove any impact of sterling volatility). In 2017, this spiked to 22 per cent, but so far in 2018 the market is down 3.3 per cent. Such swings beg the question: have Japanese equities already had their time in the sun?

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