Foreigners Continue to Buy Japanese Stocks

Nonresident investors remained net buyers of Japanese stocks for the fifth straight year in 2013, with the value of their net purchases rising to a record 15 trillion yen, data released by the Tokyo Stock Exchange showed Tuesday.

Net purchases by nonresidents through the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges totaled 15.12 trillion yen, far surpassing the previous annual record of 10.32 trillion yen in 2005.

The data showed that foreign investors played a major role in driving Japanese stocks higher in 2013, when the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average soared 57 percent, its biggest annual gain since 1972.

Individual Japanese investors were net sellers for a second consecutive year, unloading a record 8.75 trillion yen of Japanese stocks during the reporting year.

The Nikkei Stock index surged nearly 6,000 points over the year to end 2013 at 16,291.31, its highest in six years and two months, powered by aggressive fiscal stimulus by the Japanese government and monetary easing by the Bank of Japan.

via Mainichi

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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