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Japan Equity Fund

Chris Taylor

The Fund

The Fund offers investors exposure to Japan’s multinational companies, many of which dominate their global industries and derive the majority of their revenues from overseas. As a result, they are able to take advantage from the translation benefits of a weak yen, enabling faster revenue growth. The Japan Equity Fund is a mirror portfolio of the Liontrust Japan Opportunities Fund’s holdings but without the portfolio-wide yen hedge, allowing investors to manage their currency exposure according to their own investment views via different currency share classes.

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Chris Taylor
The Fund Manager - Chris Taylor

Chris has nearly 40 years’ investment experience and manages the Liontrust Japan Opportunities Fund and Japan Equity Fund, both of which he ran at Neptune Investment Management before moving over to Liontrust in October 2019. Before joining Neptune in 2004, he worked as Managing Director at Fuji Investment Management. Chris graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Physiological Sciences and from the City University Business School with an MBA in Finance.

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The Global Equity Process

The Liontrust Global Equity team believes that the key to replicable long-term investment outperformance is generating ‘idiosyncratic alpha’: returns that are independent of market returns and largely uncorrelated to the successes and failures of popular investment styles like growth and value. The team seeks to achieve idiosyncratic alpha through: collaborative idea generation and each member of the team having research responsibility for an industry sector or structural economic trends; conviction, with each stock in a portfolio having a meaningful weighting and being retained for the long term; and having three silos of stocks to provide low correlation with each other and to mitigate against the transitory fortunes of investment styles. The philosophy and process is implemented through a four-step workflow: stock idea generation, stock selection, portfolio construction and continual monitoring.

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Japan Equity Fund

Read the latest update for the Liontrust Japan Equity Fund.

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Discrete performance

30-09-2018 -
30-09-2017 -
30-09-2016 -
30-09-2015 -
30-09-2014 -
Liontrust Japan Equity 1.79% 5.12% 17.70% 37.88% N/A
IA Japan -1.12% 12.56% 13.34% 32.98% N/A
Liontrust Japan Equity
IA Japan
Cumulative performance

To previous working day 6 months 1 year 3 year 5 year 10 year Since launch
Liontrust Japan Equity 12.79% 11.00% 19.83% N/A N/A 47.90%
IA Japan 11.84% 8.37% 25.65% N/A N/A 54.94%
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 15.18%
To previous working day
Liontrust Japan Equity
IA Japan

Key Risks 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Do remember that the value of an investment and the income generated from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed, therefore, you may not get back the amount originally invested and potentially risk total loss of capital. Investment in funds managed by the Global Equity (GE) team may involve investment in smaller companies - these stocks may be less liquid and the price swings greater than those in, for example, larger companies. Investment in funds managed by the GE team may involve foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The team may invest in emerging markets/soft currencies or in financial derivative instruments, both of which may have the effect of increasing volatility. Some of the funds managed by the GE team hold a concentrated portfolio of stocks, meaning that if the price of one of these stocks should move significantly, this may have a notable effect on the value of that portfolio.


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Source: Financial Express. Total return, bid-to-bid. This page is showing performance data and information for an income producing share class. Please go to our Interactive Fund Centre for performance data and information on the Fund’s other share classes.

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Key fund information

  • Launch date6/21/2015
  • IA sectorIA Japan
  • Fund size¥46205944700.000
  • Number of holdings40
  • Active Share84.42%
  • Historic yield1.10%

Fund size and number of holdings data is as at previous month end. Historic yield and performance data is as at previous working day.

Historic Yield: Reflects distributions declared over the past 12 months as a percentage of the mid-market unit price. It does not include any preliminary charge and investors may be subject to tax on their distributions.

Active Share: The fraction of a portfolio invested differently to its benchmark. A 100% active share is a portfolio with no holdings in the benchmark, a 0% active share is a portfolio identical to the benchmark.

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