When looking at foreign countries that most commonly comprise foreign funds, Japan has performed well while continuing to offer compelling valuations.
Japanese equities are currently trading at compelling valuation levels compared to other developed equity markets around the world and relative to their own historical averages. We believe the Japanese market deserves a closer look.
Energy is a large complex sector that accounts for just over 4% of the S&P 500 Index. The sector’s broad sub-industries can be divided into a “value chain,” each segment of which has different characteristics and offers different investment opportunities.
Increased attention is being paid to the inclusion of focused mutual funds in portfolio allocations. Studies have shown that concentrated portfolios can provide meaningful performance advantages over time.
We believe Japan is on the path to economic revival. To reverse a long period of stagnant economic growth and deflation, Prime Minister Abe and his government initiated an ambitious economic revitalization plan centered on monetary and fiscal stimulus and structural reform, which has resulted in measurable progress.
Natural gas has become one of America’s most important domestic energy solutions. Over the past 10 years*, U.S. consumption of natural gas has risen 28%, even though overall energy consumption declined slightly.
For decades, investors have relied on traditional balanced funds to gain portfolio diversification and minimize volatility. With a classic 60% allocation to equities and a 40% allocation to fixed income, balanced funds have historically provided long-term oriented investors with impressive relative capital appreciation but with lower volatility as compared to an all-equity portfolio.