- Last Ratings Update:11/30/2014
- Price as of 11/30/2014 :$11.62
- Net Assets:$14,501 Million
- Peer Rank:132 of 275
- Investment Rating:C-
We rate iShares MSCI Japan at C-. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end funds in its peer group. Positive factors that influence this rating include a greater than above average total return, low price volatility, low expense structure and long term portfolio management tenure. The fund invests approximately 99% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Non-US Equity strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks above peers over the last three years. The iShares MSCI Japan has returned an annual rate of -0.38% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 4.77% in the last five years, 9.39% in the last three years, and -2.29% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 28% of them. It has also outpaced 51% of its competitors on a three year basis and 20% of them over the last year for the period ending 11/30/2014. On a year to date basis, EWJ has returned -3.63%.
Downside risk has been below average. EWJ has a draw down risk of -12.67%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 15.0%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 11/30/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $11.62, which is 5.1% below its 52-week high of $12.25 and 1.2% above its 52-week low of $11.48.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $14.50 billion, EWJ maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Non-US Equity peers of just 0.48% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As EWJ is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The iShares MSCI Japan is managed by Diane Hsiung at BlackRock Fund Advisors. This fund is one of 294 BlackRock Fund Advisors exchange-traded funds launched since 3/12/1996 that we track.
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