On the back of optimism surrounding corporate reforms and an ambitious monetary stimulus programme, Japan was a leading call for Asia’s private banks last year as private investors further diversified into global assets. Japanese equities are, on the whole, mature and efficient; however, selectors found value in alpha generation from Man Group.
Man Group continues to provide stable outperformance, notching up a standout year in 2015. Established in Asia in 1972, Man Group’s presence in the region includes a 94-strong team servicing institutional, professional and retail investors, accounting for a sizable slice of its global assets. And while 2015 was a relatively flat year for the Nikkei, Man Group still witnessed asset growth in its Japan strategy, experiencing across-the-board contributions from both advisory trades and discretionary allocations from private banks.
2016 has already proven to be a challenging year. While most eyes have been focused on Abe’s reforms and the Chinese slowdown, the real story has been a strengthening yen bucking expectations. Nevertheless, the size of the Japanese equity market and the potential for successful corporate reforms spells opportunities for those stock pickers who can seek tomorrow’s winners. Selectors in the region found few better than Man Group. Accordingly, Man Group has been voted this year’s Best Fund Provider – Japan Equity.