Japan Smaller Capitalization Fund

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JOF : NYSE : Financial
$11.88 -0.09 | -0.75%
Today's Range: 11.87 - 11.97
Avg. Daily Volume: 33200.0
07/27/17 - 3:37 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:06/30/2017
  • Price as of 06/30/2017 :$11.48
  • Net Assets:$342.51 Million
  • NAV:$13
  • Premium-11.69%
  • Peer Rank:39 of 360
  • Investment Rating:A
  • Performance:B+
  • RiskB-
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We rate Japan Smaller Cap Fund Inc. at A. 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 2.66% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 14.31% in the last five years, 13.07% in the last three years, and 28.32% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 81% of them. It has also outpaced 92% of its competitors on a three year basis and 89% of them over the last year for the period ending 6/30/2017. On a year to date basis, JOF has returned 18.06%.

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 12.1%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 6/30/2017, the fund was trading at a price of $11.48, which is 2.2% below its 52-week high of $11.74 and 0.8% above its 52-week low of $11.39.

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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