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Japan economy shows signs of stagnation

29 August 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Japanese GDP contracted sharply during Q2 following increase in consumption tax.

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Henderson's HINT manager boosts Asia Pacific exposure

15 August 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Ben Lofthouse has added mainly to Chinese equities following signs of reforms in the country’s state owned enterprises.

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Japan GDP sees biggest fall since 2011

13 August 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Economy suffers worst contraction since 2011 tsunami disaster.

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Hermes’ Pines cuts India exposure after ‘broad and indiscriminate' rise

11 August 2014 | By Adam Lewis

Jonathan Pines, manager of the Hermes Asia ex Japan fund, is reducing his weighting to India, following what he calls a “broad and indiscriminate” rise in stock valuations.

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Will the Nikkei hit 17,000 this year?

7 August 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Scepticism still surrounds the fortunes of Abenomics and its “third arrow.”

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Quilter Cheviot appoints Chinese marketing specialist

7 August 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Sam Jacobs will work with portfolio advisers and Chinese clients seeking Tier One Investor Visas.

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BNY Mellon launches Asian bond fund

1 August 2014 | By Michael Berry

BNY Mellon is to launch a mostly-hard currency Asian bond fund for its Singapore-based Standish fixed income team.

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Hargreaves labels Fidelity China Special Sits 'a bargain'

29 July 2014 | By Michael Berry

Hargreaves Lansdown head of research Mark Dampier has called the £604m trust “a bargain” for anyone bullish on the Middle Kingdom.

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Invesco Asean Equity co-manager Maggie Lee exits

28 July 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

A fund update confirmed that Lee will depart for personal reasons and fellow co-manager William Yuen will assume sole management of the fund.

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JP Morgan Chinese IT appoints LGT's Wong as director

25 July 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Wong also previously worked as deputy chief executive at Invesco Asia.

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Winterflood doubts Fidelity China Special Sits strategy and leverage

24 July 2014 | By Michael Berry

Fidelity China Special Situations has taken on too much leverage in an uncertain market and the firm’s ability to analyse small companies in the Middle Kingdom is questionable, Winterflood Investment Trust research says.

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Chinese fund groups eye UK launches

21 July 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Three of China’s largest asset managers are mulling UK expansion, according to reports.

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Bestinvest names SLI's Nimmo in Spot the Dog list for first time

19 July 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Three M&G funds made up 55 per cent of the £19.55bn assets on the Spot the Dog list.

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Which funds topped Bestinvest’s Spot the Dog list?

19 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Bestinvest has published its latest Spot the Dog report, highlighting 49 underperforming funds running £19.55bn in assets.

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BofA ML: Is buying Taiwan a hedge for an autumn correction?

17 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

The prospect of a correction in developed world stockmarkets is growing increasingly likely, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with Taiwanese equities being identified as a possible hedge for this.

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China growth hits 7.5% target

16 July 2014 | By Pamela Morris

GDP growth during the second quarter beat consensus forecasts of 7.4 per cent.

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Nicholls tweaks China Special Sits after Bolton's departure

15 July 2014 | By Michael Berry

Dale Nicholls has maxed out the Fidelity China Special Situations trust’s exposure to mainland A shares as the country prepares to allow greater cross-border trading.

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GLG adds manager to Japan CoreAlpha team

15 July 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Adrian Edwards has been appointed as portfolio manager.

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Which Asia and Japan managers are best defending your money?

15 July 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Bestinvest MD Jason Hollands takes a look at which Asia managers and Japan fund managers have performed well when markets have bumpy

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Why Apollo is shooting for unloved Japan and emerging markets

14 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Apollo Multi Asset Management has spent recent months moving into two areas of the market that have been relatively unloved by investors of late - Japan and emerging markets.

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Threadneedle CIO: China has a 50/50 chance of pulling off reform

4 July 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Mark Burgess sees Chinese growth as potentially the biggest challenge for the global market.

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Investors move to Asia funds as China confidence grows

30 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Fund buyers have been adding to Asia excluding Japanese equities after optimism grew around the outlook for the Chinese economy.

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BlackRock wins its first London RQFII licence

27 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

BlackRock Advisors (UK) has been awarded the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor licence by the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

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Japanese inflation hits 32-year high after sales tax hike

27 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Consumer prices have risen at their fastest pace in 32 years in Japan, following the sales tax increase brought in by prime minister Shinzo Abe.

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Extra Isa allowance: Three funds to add to portfolios?

25 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Some investors could be looking for new funds for their portfolios on 1 July, when the Isa tax-free limit rises to £15,000 following the overhauls laid out by chancellor George Osborne in the 2014 Budget.

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Standard Life Investments appoints real estate analyst

24 June 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Based in Hong Kong, Toshio Tangiku will report to fund manager Svitlana Gubriy.

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Chinese stimulus hitting the bloodstream, manufacturing data shows

23 June 2014 | By Michael Berry

The front-running purchasing managers’ index survey rose to 50.4, up from 49.4 in May, putting Chinese manufacturing back into expansion.

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China announces fresh moves to boost growth

12 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

China has unveiled a package of new measures designed to bolster growth and avert fears of a hard landing in the world’s second largest economy.

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Psigma: Our portfolios might look boring, but they're not

9 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Chief investment officer Tom Becket says “boring” veneer conceals a number of contrarian plays.

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Japanese GDP beats expectations to hit 1.6%

9 June 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Business investment in Japan rose by 7.6 per cent over the period while consumer spending also increased by 2.2 per cent.

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Permal's Souede: Economic failure could see Japan/China war

6 June 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Isaac Souede sees Abenomics as last chance for Japan.

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More DeAWM trackers retreat from synthetic replication

4 June 2014 | By Michael Berry

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s conversion of synthetic trackers continues, with a dozen emerging market and Asian ETFs to make the switch.

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Martin Currie Pacific trust changes mandate

30 May 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Trust to take unconstrained mandate and focus on Asia Pacifica excluding Japan and Australasia.

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Japanese GDP rises by nearly 6% to beat forecasts

15 May 2014 | By Pamela Morris

GDP in the first quarter of 2014 marks the fastest level of growth seen in nearly three years.

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Japanese corporate tax slash imminent says Polar Capital's Salter

13 May 2014 | By Michael Berry

Polar Capital director of Japanese equities James Salter told the Morningstar Investment Conference in London that he expects an announcement of a 500 basis point cut in company tax within a month.

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HSBC Asia research head on 'Asia’s one big worry'

1 May 2014 | By Michael Berry

A benign ride for Asian emerging markets could cause governments to sleep at the wheel, creating headaches down the road.

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BlackRock launches Asia Special Sits fund

30 April 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

The fund will be managed by BlackRock head of Asian fundamental equities Andrew Swan and Emily Dong.

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Chinese economy could overtake US this year

30 April 2014 | By Gary Jackson

China is now expected to supplant the US as the world’s largest economy as soon as this year -much earlier than widely anticipated - according to a closely watched piece of research.

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Are Abe's nationalist politics the real risk to Japan?

29 April 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Some investors believe Japan’s prime minsiter Shinzo Abe will move away from his economic plans to a more nationalist agenda.

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Will China hold back the rest of Asia?

29 April 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Despite slowdown, the strength of other Asian markets is expected to hold firm.