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Video: Stephen Harker of GLG presents the case for Japanese equities

Japan’s equities have rallied in recent months following the election of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his promise of decisive action to end deflation and revive the country’s stagnating economy. In spite of this, investors are still largely ignoring Japanese equities and they remain undervalued relative to other markets and their own history.

We see this as an excellent opportunity for investors and, to help present the case for investing in Japan, recently invited Stephen Harker, manager of our five-star rated GLG Japan Core Alpha fund to speak to us.

Harker has been investing in Japan for almost 30 years. His investment style seeks to identify undervalued companies and sectors and hold them over the long term. He is known for making bold and often contrarian choices and while this can lead to periods of underperformance Harker has established an enviable track record of investing in Japanese equities. We believe that the current market environment is suited to his style; the fund has already risen more than 38% since 11 November 2012, outperforming Japan’s Topix index by 10%.

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