The poor performance of the Nikkei has Japanese investors interested in short-term gains produced by inversed and leveraged exchange-traded products, according to an article on Barron’s.
As of July, Japan only had 105 ETFs, with $43.65 billion in assets. Investors have gravitated toward the newly launched Next Funds Nikkei 225 Leveraged Index ETF and the Next Funds Nikkei 225 Inverse ETF, as they have gathered $243 million since March 2012, the article said.
There are a few factors holding up the development of Japan’s ETF market. Retail brokers are reluctant to work with lower fees, and U.S. sponsors aren’t entering the market, as they already have global ETFs that provide exposure to Japanese institutions, writes Barron’s.
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