Japan Smaller Capitalization Fund Inc

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$12.29 -0.07 | -0.57%
Today's Range: 12.27 - 12.35
Avg. Daily Volume: 0
03/21/18 - 12:05 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:02/28/2018
  • Price as of 02/28/2018 :$12.48
  • Net Assets:$342.51 Million
  • NAV:$13.78
  • Premium-9.43%
  • Peer Rank:4 of 348
  • Investment Rating:A+
  • Performance:A
  • RiskB-
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We rate Japan Smaller Cap Fund Inc. at A+. 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 well above average total return, low price volatility and 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.


Total return ranks very high in comparison with peers over the last three years. The Japan Smaller Cap Fund Inc. has returned an annual rate of 3.44% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 16.26% in the last five years, 20.00% in the last three years, and 33.51% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 94% of them. It has also outpaced 97% of its competitors on a three year basis and 95% of them over the last year for the period ending 2/28/2018. On a year to date basis, JOF has returned 3.39%.

Downside risk has been below average. JOF has a draw down risk of -16.77%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 11.5%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 2/28/2018, the fund was trading at a price of $12.48, which is 1.0% below its 52-week high of $12.60 and 19.1% above its 52-week low of $10.48.

High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $342.51 million, JOF maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Non-US Equity peers of 1.09% 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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