- Last Ratings Update:01/31/2014
- Price as of 01/31/2014 :$8.76
- Net Assets:$266.33 Million
- Peer Rank:117 of 262
- Investment Rating:C-
We rate Japan Smaller Cap Fund Inc. at C-. Positive factors that influence this rating include a low expense structure. The fund invests approximately 80% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Non-US Equity strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks well below peers over the last three years. The Japan Smaller Cap Fund Inc. has returned an annual rate of 1.08% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 6.82% in the last five years, -1.29% in the last three years, and 15.49% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 20% of them. It has also outpaced 23% of its competitors on a three year basis and 74% of them over the last year for the period ending 1/31/2014. On a year to date basis, JOF has returned -4.47%.
Downside risk has been below average. JOF has a draw down risk of -27.04%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 15.5%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 1/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $8.76, which is 5.1% below its 52-week high of $9.23 and 0.3% above its 52-week low of $8.73.
High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $266.33 million, JOF maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Non-US Equity peers of 1.25% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As JOF is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.
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