Equity: Japan - Total Market
With 18 ETFs and over $22.25B in combined AUM, the Equity: Japan - Total Market segment provides exposure to the Japan space with a focus on Total Market securities.
Year-to-date, the best-performing ETF in the segment is the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (HEWJ), with a total return of 2.34%. Meanwhile, the most popular ETF is the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) with $13.87BB in assets under management.
Investors should take a look at the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ). This fund has been chosen as an Analyst Pick by FactSet, thus is the best ETF for the average investor. EWJ tracks a market-cap-weighted index of Japanese stocks. The fund covers roughly 85% of the investable universe of securities traded in Japan. EWJ has an expense ratio of 0.49% and tracks the MSCI Japan Index.
ETF.com Efficiency Insight
The average efficiency score in the Equity: Japan - Total Market segment is 81 out of 100, with the Franklin FTSE Japan ETF(FLJP) obtaining the highest rating of 95 out of 100.
Costs dominate the discussion around efficiency. ETFs in the segment have an average expense ratio of 0.34% per year, with the Franklin FTSE Japan Hedged ETF (FLJH) having the lowest expense ratio, charging investors 0.09% yearly.
Investors should look for funds with tight tracking, such as the Franklin FTSE Japan Hedged ETF (FLJH), with a 12-month median tracking difference of -0.02%.
ETF.com Tradability Insight
The average tradability score in the Equity: Japan - Total Market segment is 56 out of 100, with the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF(HEWJ) obtaining the highest rating of 96 out of 100.
The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) is the undisputed segment leader when it comes to liquidity. The fund trades 364.65M in daily average volume. Investors should also find ample liquidity in the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ), with $48.36M in daily dollar volume.
Use limit orders to trade funds such as the First Trust Japan AlphaDEX Fund(FJP), due to their double-digit market spreads.
ETF.com Fit Insight
The MSCI Japan Large Cap Index has been selected as the index that most accurately represents the market in question. The benchmark has been selected by the ETF Analytics team at FactSet, according to a series of guidelines to ensure this index accurately captures its market.
Investors trying to match a broad market exposure should pay attention to EWJ. This fund obtains a high Fit score and investors should capture market-like returns.
Other funds diverge from the market, by nature of their investment mandates; for example, HEWJ follows a Currency Hedged Vanilla strategy and obtains a low Fit score compared with our neutral benchmark.