On a monthly basis the Japanese Nikkei index went up by 2.7 percent in euro in December. The fund price of the Japan fund increased by 3.3 percent. The yen, which often serves as a proxy for the ... Read more
Intereffekt Japanse Warrants is called Intereffekt Active Leverage Japan from 2 November 2015.
Intereffekt Active Leverage Japan invests in derivatives on the financial markets in Japan. The fund is aiming at a leverage of 2 to 3 times the return on the underlying values. Its investment policy will be aimed primarily at achieving capital growth (the fund will not pay any dividends). The risk profile is high, due to investments being channeled into derivatives. The manager will not use a benchmark as a gauge for the purposes of determining investment policy or comparing the results achieved by the fund.
Intereffekt Active Leverage Japan is a subsidiary fund of Intereffekt Investment Funds N.V. (IIF), established with a so-called umbrella structure.
On a monthly basis the Nikkei index went up by 2.7 percent in euro in December. The fund price increased by 3.3 percent. The yen, which often serves as a proxy for the Japanese equity market, moved within a range of 118-124 against the euro. The value of the yen eventually fell by 1.7 percent. The trading model was positive in December, and so the fund has been invested with leverage throughout the month.
After the Nikkei index in November reached its highest level of the year, it was in the first week of December time for profit taking. But it was short-term weakness and so a year-end rally started in the second week. Eventually, the Nikkei managed to reach the 19,600 points, the highest level since December 2015. From the low of November 9, the Nikkei recovered from the 16,000 level by more than 20 percent. As a result of the Trump rally, the yen went down with more than 17 percent since the election. Due to Trump's plan for growth, investors now think inflation and interest rates will continue to rise in the US. The Fed has already fulfilled a part of these expectations on December 15 by raising interest rates with 25 basis points from 0.50 to 0.75 percent. In response, the yen intraday fell by more than 3 percent.
According to policy officials from the central bank, the Fed will probably hike rates three times with an average interest rate of 1.40 end 2017. Taking into account the extremely low inflation in Japan, the yen will likely continue to weaken in 2017. Recent figures show that a weak yen would be welcome for Japanese exports. Exports for the month of November fell by 0.4 percent relative to last year, where a decline of 2.3 percent was expected. Imports declined by 8.8 percent due to lower energy prices such as oil. As a result imports declined already 23 months in a row. Despite falling energy prices, inflation in November increased by 0.5 percent relative to last year.
Finally, the Japanese economy has grown much faster than expected in the third quarter. The Japanese economy grew by 2.2 percent year on year, which was expected a 0.8 percent economic growth. It is the strongest growth of the Japanese economy since early 2015.
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