JPMorgan Japan Smaller Companies Trust plc - Ordinary Shares - J.P. Morgan Asset Management
JPMorgan Japan Smaller Companies Trust plc

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Manager Commentary

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In their words (as of 30 Sep 2016)

The Company's share price and net asset value outperformed the benchmark in September, driven by sector allocation. In terms of sector allocation, the largest positive contributors were the overweight in services and the underweight in banks. As for stock selection, Peptidream (biopharmaceutical), Seria (100-yen shops) and Nitori (furniture stores) were among the top performers, while Invincible Investment (hotel real estate investment trust) was the biggest detractor.

The Bank of Japan has reviewed its policies and reasserted its commitment to achieving a 2% inflation rate, although official data shows Japan back in deflation. Employment data remains firm, with 137 jobs available for every 100 applicants. Volatility is likely to remain driven by external factors, such as the election in the US and uncertainty over European financials. While a pick-up in the global economy is positive for the Japanese economy as a whole, we expect global growth to remain subdued over the next few years.


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Annual General Meeting: 14 July 2017 2.30pm at 60 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0JP

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3 Actual gearing: Represents the excess amount above shareholders' funds of total assets less cash/cash equivalents, expressed as a percentage of shareholders funds. If the amount calculated is negative, this represents a net cash position.
7 Non-Benchmark holdings (where held) are classified in the appropriate sector/region. Cash is net current assets and holdings used as cash substitutes if applicable.