Japanese Equities Rated Funds

Japan is the world's third-largest economy after the US and China. Although many of its corporate giants are well-known to foreign investors, its smaller and medium-sized companies receive scant investment research coverage.

However, this sector of the market is where some of the strongest gains can be made and that is why it is important to have fund managers on your side to pick the best opportunities among the 3,500-odd listed Japanese companies.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe's reform-minded government and the money-printing activities of the central bank helped the stock market to soar until the end of 2015. In the past year, however, returns to UK investors have been boosted by sterling's weakness against the yen and other major currencies.

Our eight Rated Funds for Japan are spread among two investment trusts and six funds. The majority of them are focused on smaller companies, but there is also an income-minded option that has been among our Rated Funds for the past five years. All are run by fund managers with intimate knowledge of the country and its stock market.

JAPANESE EQUITIESBrowse other rated fund groups
Fund & Sector
Rated Funds Group
1 Month Perf.
1 Year Perf.
3 Year Perf.
5 Year Perf.
Baillie Gifford Jap Tst PLC
IT Japan Equities
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JAPANESE EQUITIES9.6%
2 / 5
31.5%
1 / 5
129.3%
1 / 4
288%
1 / 4
Baillie Giff Shin Nippon PLC
IT Japanese Smaller Companies
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JAPANESE EQUITIES5.7%
3 / 4
31.5%
2 / 4
162.5%
1 / 4
294.4%
1 / 4
M&G Japan Smaller Cos
UT Japanese Smaller Companies
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JAPANESE EQUITIES8.6%
1 / 3
19.1%
2 / 3
104.1%
3 / 3
203.3%
2 / 3
CF Morant Wright Nippon Yield
UT Japan
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JAPANESE EQUITIES8.4%
7 / 46
16%
7 / 44
89.8%
8 / 39
140.5%
8 / 35
Lindsell Train Japnse Eq
FO Equity - Japan
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JAPANESE EQUITIES7.1%
10 / 109
13%
85 / 105
111%
1 / 91
149.3%
14 / 79
AXA Framlington Japan
UT Japan
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JAPANESE EQUITIES6.9%
32 / 46
11.4%
19 / 44
100.5%
4 / 39
169.4%
2 / 35
Legg Mason IFJaEq
UT Japan
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JAPANESE EQUITIES4.2%
45 / 46
8.8%
38 / 44
155.5%
1 / 39
307.8%
1 / 35
JPM Japan
UT Japan
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JAPANESE EQUITIES7.1%
29 / 46
6.1%
42 / 44
103.1%
2 / 39
154.5%
5 / 35
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Rated Funds Update: Rated Funds 2017

View a full list of our Rated Funds 2017 here