Japanese Investment Commentary and Market Outlook December 2023
'Yen’s Reversal Pressures Stocks'
The Japanese stock market experienced a slight decline in December due to various factors, including discussions about potential policy adjustments and interest rate cuts. The market was also affected by the replacement of ministers in the Kishida administration following a secret funds scandal. However, towards the end of the month, the market stabilized as the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy remained unchanged. In terms of style, there was a rotation from value to growth stocks following the dovish Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.
Looking ahead, there are positive indicators for the Japanese stock market, such as resilient corporate earnings, reasonable stock valuations, and efforts to attract semiconductor investment. However, potential challenges include elevated interest rates, possible monetary policy changes, inflationary pressures, and geopolitical tensions. Currency dynamics may see the Japanese yen appreciate against the US dollar. Additionally, the upcoming launch of the NISA (Nippon Individual Savings Account) could encourage a shift towards investment products.
Written by Serge Kasai, Senior Product Specialist, Asset Management One Co., Ltd