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Think Twice before Jumping into Japan

The negative impact of US subprime continues to spread as investors shy away from risk despite of liquidity injection by central banks ....

The negative impact of US subprime continues to spread as investors shy away from risk despite of liquidity injection by central banks. Over half of mutual fund categories posted a loss over three-month period through Aug 27. According to EPFR, the money inflow to money market funds recorded as high as US$23bn in the third week of August as search for safety takes investors into cash.

The golden question now is how investors can balance between risk and return under the rippling effect of subprime woes. Some investors now turn their eyes to Japan markets. Japan market has been lagging others since last year and Japan small/mid cap equities were among the worst with around 20 percent loss in 2006. Optimist

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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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