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iShares Japan Equity Index Class H - Accumulation (GBP)

Sell:184.60p Buy:194.30p Change: 0.30p (0.16%)
Prices as at 14 July 2020
Sell:184.60p
Buy:194.30p
Change: 0.30p (0.16%)
You can buy or sell holdings in this fund through a Stocks and Shares ISA, Lifetime ISA, SIPP or Fund and Share Account
Prices as at 14 July 2020
Sell:184.60p
Buy:194.30p
Change: 0.30p (0.16%)
Prices as at 14 July 2020
You can buy or sell holdings in this fund through a Stocks and Shares ISA, Lifetime ISA, SIPP or Fund and Share Account
The selling price currently displayed is higher than the buying price. This can occur temporarily for a variety of reasons; shortly before the market opens, after the market closes or because of extraordinary price volatility during the trading day.

Our view on this Fund

This fund is on the Wealth Shortlist of funds our analysts believe have the potential to outperform their peers over the long term. However, this is not a recommendation to buy.

Japan's home to some of the best known businesses on the planet. Plus there are lesser-known companies with the potential to be household names. This fund is managed by Blackrock, a company with a great record of running tracker funds. It invests in more than 500 Japanese companies at low cost.

Our view on the sector

Japan is home to some of the best-known businesses on the planet. Toyota, Honda, Panasonic, and Nintendo to name a few. There are also lesser-known businesses with the potential to be the household names of tomorrow. But years of sluggish growth put people off investing in the country. This changed after Shinzo Abe was elected Prime Minister in 2012. He introduced a number of policies to stimulate economic growth and created more interest in Japan's markets. We think Japanese funds could diversify a global portfolio focused on long-term growth. There are a handful of fund managers we think have the potential to outperform the broader Japanese market over the long term, each with different approaches.

Performance Analysis

Since launch this fund has tracked its index tightly and efficiently. Some value has been lost because of charges, but that's to be expected when investing in tracker funds.

Investment Philosophy

Tracker funds are one of the simplest ways to invest. They aim to match the performance of an index, rather than beat it. They usually do this by investing in every company in the index. This means they don't need analysts to research individual companies, which keeps costs to a minimum. If the fund's costs are low it's likely to track the index more closely.

Process and Portfolio Construction

This fund invests in every company that makes up the FTSE Japan Index to help ensure accurate tracking. It also has the ability to lend shares to other investors in return for a fee. This reduces the fund's annual charge. It can increase risk, but Blackrock has committed to cover any losses incurred from its stock lending program.

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Fund Track Record

14/07/15 to 14/07/16 14/07/16 to 14/07/17 14/07/17 to 14/07/18 14/07/18 to 14/07/19 14/07/19 to 14/07/20
Annual return 11.11% 19.56% 7.87% 1.71% 3.64%

Please remember past performance is not a guide to future returns. Where no data is shown, figures are not available. This information is provided to help you choose your own investments, remember they can fall as well as rise in value so you may not get back the original amount invested.

Fund Management Group Comment

BlackRock was founded in 1988, growing steadily until the mergers with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Barclays Global Investors in 2006 and 2009, respectively. These resulted in a significant increase in assets under management and have turned BlackRock into a global company with deep roots in every region across the globe.

The range of BlackRock funds reflects this reach, with actively managed and tracker funds covering multiple asset classes over six continents.

Information about the fund

Fund manager biography

Manager Name: Kieran Doyle
Manager start date: 14 March 2016
Manager located in: TBC

CFA, Director and portfolio manager, is a member of BlackRock's Institutional Index Equity team. Mr. Doyle's service with the firm dates back to 2004, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was a portfolio manager in the Institutional Index Equity team. Prior to joining BGI, he was with KPMG. Mr. Doyle earned a master's degree in economics and finance from Bristol University in 2000.

Data policy - All information should be used for indicative purposes only. You should independently check data before making any investment decision. HL cannot guarantee that the data is accurate or complete, and accepts no responsibility for how it may be used. Benchmark data provided subject to this disclaimer.
You can buy or sell holdings in this fund through a Stocks and Shares ISA, Lifetime ISA, SIPP or Fund and Share Account