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Think Twice Before Betting On Japan Funds

It often makes sense to consider out-of-favor categories, and Japan funds were the worst-performing type of international offering in 2006: Japan Equity Funds lose 0.13% ....

It often makes sense to consider out-of-favor categories, and Japan funds were the worst-performing type of international offering in 2006: Japan Equity Funds lose 0.13% on average, and Japan Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund lose 20.77% on average, as their chosen market was the most sluggish in the developed world. What's more, many experts are optimistic about the Japanese economy, particularly with respect to exports to China and other Asian countries and corporate earnings and governance.

However, there are several reasons to think twice about buying Japan funds. For starters, these funds aren't quite as downtrodden as they might first appear. Their 2006 losses were modest rather than marked in absolute terms. T

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William Samuel Rocco  William Samuel Rocco is a senior fund analyst with Morningstar. He would like to hear from you, but he cannot provide individual-portfolio or financial-planning advice.

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