Nikkei 225 index Funds, Should I buy the Nikkei and Why I Only Recommend Putting a Small Portion of Your Portfolio Into This Popular Japanese Index
In this blog post, yes you just read that correctly, I am going to talk about Nikkei 225 index funds, and am going to go through why exactly I think this is a great index to add some foreign exposure to an otherwise country-specific and home country biased portfolio, but why global index funds are probably the better solution, and of why I would probably only make the Nikkei something like 7-10% of your total portfolio. The gist of why I say not to put too much money into the Nikkei 225 is that the Japanese stock market was the stock market that has recently taken off (in the past five years or so) but that I seem to remember having something like a 10 or 20 year hiatus of complete stagnation where investors in this Japanese stock index made virtually no money at all just because of the timing and the time period that they chose to hold this index in. And so, once again, in this blog post, let’s talk about the Nikkei 225, read on or comment down below for more details and information.
Some other top indexes worth looking at for additional foreign exposure include:
The S and P 500
Popular Canadian Indexes
FTSE All World Index
VT, The Vanguard Total World Stock Market Index
Dow Jones Global Titans 50
S and P TSX Composite Index
The Fear Index
The Consumer Price Index
And a host of other popular indices, read on or subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.
Should I Buy Nikkei 225 Index Funds, Why or Why Not?
So, once again, yes and no. I typically recommend sticking with US, Canadian or Global Stock Index funds for the vast majority of your portfolio, and usually these should be as close to the total market index in your country of chosen preference as possible (for instance, using the Wilshire 5000 or the S and P 500 for a United States representation instead of something like the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Russell 2000, which are much less diversified and more volatile than the aforementioned indices.) I also recommend sticking with US, Canadian and Global Index fund stock baskets because I think that these are the countries and funds most likely to continue growing their GDP, economies, and thereby their stock markets at say the standard 7-10% annualized rate of return that we have become so accustomed to. I feel that with the Asian markets, such as the Nikkei and the Chinese markets, that it is much more volatile and more of a wildcard, and that I would only put a small percentage of my portfolio in them over the long haul in order to increase my foreign exposure and increase my international diversification benefits marginally.
Nikkei 225 Index Funds, The Top Ten Japanese Stocks in This Popular Index Fund
And so, in the relative closing portion of this blog post, here are the top ten largest Japanese stocks within the Nikkei 225 index:
- Dai Ichi Life Insurance
- Daikin Industries
- Daiwa House Industries
- Alps Electric
- Chubu Electric Power
And a host of other companies, the largest companies in the Nikkei are definitely much different than those of the US, which is comprised almost entirely of tech stocks (Tesla, AMZN, Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc.)
Final Thoughts on Holding Nikkei 225 Index Funds as a Small Portion of Your Portfolio
And so, in reiterating the main focal point of this blog post, I would recommend only holding the Nikkei 225 index fund, or any Asian markets for that matter, in very small portions of your total portfolio. They can be a great inflation hedge and a fantastic way to add international exposure to an otherwise biased portfolio, however they have also been known to be very volatile, so be careful with this. For more information, read on or subscribe for more articles!
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