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Inflation? Yes, Please!

In the wake of the global financial crisis, the US Fed, carried out 3 rounds of quantitative easing which helped propel the stock market to record highs as of January 2014[2]. Looking to boost its own economy, Japan’s central bank has taken a page from the United States’ Fed, and implemented its own quantitative easing (QE) program, -- to the tune of about 101 trillion yen – at the behest of Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.[3] Japan’s QE effort is the equivalent of triple the American endeavor on a comparative GDP basis. Since the program was announced in November 2012, the Nikkei is up almost 75%[2] while labor cash earnings, a benchmark for wages, are projected to increase 0.6 percent in the year starting April 1, 2014. [4] The program has also had the desired effect on the Japanese currency, with the Yen depreciating by almost 30%, which brings higher returns for US-based investors.[2] This motif includes stocks of Japanese ADRs as well as a currency hedge to protect against the depreciation in the Yen. See More
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 YR Return
33.9% Currency Hedge 4.3%
29.1% Consumer Discretionary 10.4%
13.6% Toyota Motor Corp TM 12.9%
8.3% 8xxxx 8xxxx 8x 8xx 8xx 88.8%
7.2% 8xxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
21.8% Financials 21.9%
8.4% 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxx 8xxxxxxxx 8x 8xx 88.8%
5.1% 8xxxxxxxxx 8xx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
4.9% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xx 8xxx 88.8%
3.5% 8xxx 8xxx 8x 88.8%
9.6% Information Technology 14.0%
9.6% Canon Inc CAJ 14.0%
4.7% Health Care 14.0%
4.7% 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8x 8xx 88.8%
0.9% Communication Services 10.0%
0.9% 8xxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8x 88.8%
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