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SSgA launches two Japanese market ETFs


State Street Global Advisors has launched two Japanese market SPFR exchange traded funds on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.

The new SPDR MSCI Japan UCITS ETF offers investors access to the performance of Japanese stock corporations in the MSCI Japan Index. The reference index contains 316 Japanese large-cap and mid-cap companies and thus covers around 85 percent of the free float market capitalisation.
The SPDR MSCI Japan EUR Hdg UCITS ETF is another option enabling investors to participate in the performance of the index while remaining hedged against currency risk. The index fund helps to hedge against fluctuation of the Japanese yen against the euro.

Axel Riedel, head of SPDR ETFs for Germany, says: “We are delighted to be able to offer investors multiple tailored solutions for achieving Japanese exposure via hedged and unhedged classes tracking – a recent advance in the ETF market.

“Economically, Japan has had a challenging two decades however multiple reforms of fiscal stimulus and accommodative monetary policy have helped it weather the storm with the MSCI Japan up 9.39 percent year to date in local terms. This fund allows investors to gain exposure to the benefits of this improving market; and as a key market in Asia with significant trading links to China, gaining Japanese exposure can also assist in creating global diversification within a portfolio.”

The product offering in Deutsche Börse's XTF segment currently comprises a total of 1,111 exchange traded funds. 

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