iShares MSCI Japan ETF
ALTAR
Score™
7.4% info Recommen-
dation
NEUTRAL
2020E    2021E
P/E
ratio
17.4x P/Sales
ratio
0.9x
P/BV
ratio
1.2x Div.
yield
2.5%


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The iShares MSCI Japan Index fund seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the MSCI Japan Index. The index consists primarily of large cap stocks traded in the Japanese market.

FUND BASICS
Category International Equities
Fund Sponsor Barclays Global Fund Advisors
Website www.ishares.com
Inception date Mar 18, 1996
Assets (mns) $9,678
Currency USD
Expense ratio 49 bp
Distributions Semi-Annually

FUND STRUCTURE
Regulation Open-Ended Fund
Custodian State Street Bank & Trust
Weighting Market Cap
Index replication n/a
Uses derivatives No
Options available Yes

SECTOR BREAKDOWN

 


CONSTITUENT BREAKDOWN
No. of constituents 322
Wgt avg mkt cap (mns) $36,872
Large cap (>$10bn) 74.3%
Mid cap ($2-10bn) 25.6%
Small cap (<$2bn) 0.1%
Developed mkts 100.0%
Emerging mkts 0.0%

TOP TEN HOLDINGS
TOYOTA MOTOR CORP 4.2 %
SONY CORP 2.4 %
KEYENCE CORP 2.2 %
SOFTBANK GROUP CORP. 2.1 %
TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL CO LTD 1.7 %
DAIICHI SANKYO CO LTD 1.6 %
KDDI CORPORATION 1.5 %
MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GRO 1.5 %
RECRUIT HOLDINGS CO LTD 1.4 %
NINTENDO CO LTD 1.3 %
Total 20.0 %

TOP COUNTRY EXPOSURE
JAPAN 98.7 %










HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE info

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Standardized Annual Returns (thru May 31)
Year-to-date 1 year 5 years 10 years Since Incep.
-6.5% 7.3% 2.9% 5.5% 0.6%

Market Correlations
versus... Beta R-squared
S&P500 0.70 73%
MSCI EAFE 0.79 78%
MSCI Emg. Mkts. 0.56 60%

Technical Indicators
Recent close $56.25
30d moving avg. $52.96
Annualized volatility 13.9%
Short interest (ETF) 6.9%
Relative strength (RSI) 65

Liquidity measures
Avg. volume (thou.) 7,310
Turnover 4.3%
Bid/Ask (% of price) 0.02%
ADV underlying (mns) $20,063

Distributions


FINDING ALTERNATIVE FUNDS

Below is a list of 99 potential alternatives to the iShares MSCI Japan ETF ETF based on the alternatives' overlap in portfolio holdings with EWJ. Consider funds with lower expense ratios and/or higher ALTAR Score™ ratings as possible alternatives.

Benchmark ticker: EWJ Expense: 49 bp ALTAR Score™: 7.4%


ALTERNATIVE ETFs BASED ON OVERLAP WITH EWJ
Ticker Fund
Name
Overlap1
vs EWJ
(%)
Expense
ratio
(bp)
Savings
vs EWJ
(bp)
ALTAR
Score™
(%)
ALTAR
vs EWJ
(%)
DBJP Xtrackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF 95.6 45 4 7.4 -0.0
BBJP JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF 93.1 19 30 7.7 +0.3
QJPN SPDR MSCI Japan StrategicFactors ETF 92.1 14 35 8.0 +0.6
HFXJ IQ 50 Percent Hedged FTSE Japan ETF 90.4 30 19 7.6 +0.2
FLJP Franklin FTSE Japan ETF 89.8 9 40 7.8 +0.4
FLJH Franklin FTSE Japan Hedged ETF 88.4 9 40 7.7 +0.3
JPXN iShares JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF 85.0 48 1 7.5 +0.1
JPN Xtrackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Equity ETF 84.0 9 40 7.9 +0.5
GSJY Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Japan Equity ETF 80.2 25 24 7.6 +0.2
IPAC iShares Core MSCI Pacific ETF 59.9 9 40 7.5 +0.1
EWJE iShares MSCI Japan Equal Weighted ETF 57.2 15 34 7.1 -0.3
DXJ WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund 56.0 48 1 8.3 +0.9
VPL Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF 52.2 8 41 7.8 +0.4
EWJV iShares MSCI Japan Value ETF 51.0 15 34 10.8 +3.4
SCIJ Global X Scientific Beta Japan ETF 46.7 39 10 7.2 -0.2
JPMV iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Japan ETF 46.3 30 19 6.9 -0.5
RFAP First Trust Riverfront Dynamic Asia Pacific ETF 41.6 83 -34 7.1 -0.3
IVLU iShares Edge MSCI Intl Value Factor ETF 36.5 30 19 11.3 +3.9
IMTM iShares Edge MSCI Intl Momentum Factor ETF 30.5 30 19 5.0 -2.4
PQIN PGIM QMA Strategic Alpha International Equity ETF 29.9 29 20 8.1 +0.7
ISZE iShares Edge MSCI Intl Size Factor ETF 29.9 30 19 6.9 -0.5
IDY Pacific Global International Equity Income ETF 27.0 39 10 8.0 +0.6
EFV iShares MSCI EAFE Value ETF 27.0 39 10 10.0 +2.6
JHMD John Hancock Multifactor Developed International ETF 26.8 45 4 7.4 +0.0
EFAX SPDR MSCI EAFE Fossil Fuel Free ETF 26.8 20 29 7.3 -0.1
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE ETF 26.1 32 17 7.2 -0.3
HFXI IQ 50 Percent Hedged FTSE International ETF 25.9 20 29 7.5 +0.1
DBEF Xtrackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF 25.6 35 14 7.0 -0.4
IQIN IQ 500 International ETF 25.6 25 24 9.0 +1.6
EFG iShares MSCI EAFE Growth ETF 25.4 40 9 4.7 -2.7
EASG Xtrackers MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Equity ETF 25.2 14 35 7.0 -0.4
ESGD iShares MSCI EAFE ESG Optimized ETF 25.1 20 29 7.2 -0.2
FNDF Schwab Fundamental International Large Co. Index ETF 25.1 25 24 8.7 +1.3
RBIN Nationwide Risk-Based International Equity ETF 25.0 42 7 6.5 -1.0
QEFA SPDR MSCI EAFE Quality Mix ETF 24.6 30 19 6.8 -0.6
DHDG WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Intl Quality Div Growth 24.3 48 1 0.0 -7.4
IQSI IQ Candriam ESG International Equity ETF 24.0 15 34 7.3 -0.1
PBDM Invesco PureBeta FTSE Developed ex-North America ETF 23.8 7 42 7.6 +0.2
MFDX PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF 23.6 39 10 6.7 -0.7
DIM WisdomTree International MidCap Dividend Fund 23.1 58 -9 7.6 +0.2
FJP First Trust Japan AlphaDEX Fund 22.8 80 -31 9.2 +1.8
IEFA iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF 22.5 7 42 7.3 -0.1
DDWM WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged International Equity Fund 22.3 35 14 8.6 +1.2
SPDW SPDR Portfolio Developed World ex-US ETF 22.3 4 45 7.2 -0.2
SCHF Schwab International Equity ETF 21.9 6 43 7.4 -0.0
PDEV Principal International Multi-Factor Core Index ETF 21.8 25 24 7.9 +0.5
IDLV Invesco S&P International Developed Low Volatility ETF 21.4 25 24 6.9 -0.5
DWM WisdomTree International Equity Fund 21.2 48 1 8.2 +0.8
PXF Invesco FTSE RAFI Developed Markets ex-U.S. ETF 21.1 45 4 8.8 +1.4
TPIF Timothy Plan International ETF 20.9 62 -13 7.0 -0.4
CIL VictoryShares International Volatility Weighted Index ETF 20.7 45 4 6.7 -0.7
GSIE Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta International Equity ETF 20.6 25 24 6.8 -0.6
UIVM VictoryShares USAA MSCI International Value Momentum ETF 20.5 35 14 8.6 +1.2
DOL WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend Fund 19.9 48 1 8.5 +1.1
NUDM Nuveen ESG International Developed Markets Equity ETF 19.2 40 9 6.9 -0.6
VEA Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF 19.2 5 44 7.4 +0.0
IDEV iShares Core MSCI International Developed Markets ETF 19.1 5 44 7.3 -0.1
DDJP WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Japan Equity Fund 18.7 43 6 9.2 +1.7
DWMF WisdomTree International Multifactor Fund 18.6 38 11 6.8 -0.6
RFDI First Trust Riverfront Dynamic Developed International ETF 18.4 83 -34 6.3 -1.1
JPGE JPMorgan Diversified Return Global Equity ETF 18.3 29 20 7.3 -0.1
VSGX Vanguard ESG International Stock ETF 18.0 17 32 7.4 -0.0
IDLB Invesco FTSE International Low Beta Equal Weight ETF 17.8 45 4 7.2 -0.2
DEEF Xtrackers FTSE Developed ex US Comprehensive Factor ETF 17.4 24 25 7.2 -0.2
ACWX iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF 17.4 32 17 7.5 +0.1
ISDX Invesco Strategic Developed ex-US ETF 17.3 23 26 7.4 +0.0
CWI SPDR MSCI ACWI ex-US ETF 17.2 30 19 7.6 +0.2
EFAV iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE ETF 17.0 20 29 5.9 -1.5
DBAW Xtrackers MSCI All World ex US Hedged Equity ETF 16.8 40 9 7.4 0.0
QINT American Century Quality Diversified International ETF 16.8 39 10 5.9 -1.5
ACSG Xtrackers MSCI ACWI ex USA ESG Leaders Equity ETF 16.5 16 33 7.1 -0.3
VEU Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Index Fund 16.3 8 41 7.7 +0.3
RODM Hartford Multifactor Developed Markets (ex-US) ETF 16.0 29 20 8.6 +1.2
TLTD FlexShares Morningstar Developed Markets ex-US Factor Tilt 15.9 39 10 9.1 +1.7
QLVD FlexShares Developed Markets ex-US Quality Low Volatility Id 15.8 32 17 6.5 -0.9
FDEV Fidelity Targeted International Factor ETF 15.7 39 10 6.5 -0.9
EXI iShares Global Industrials ETF 15.7 46 3 6.1 -1.3
RXI iShares Global Consumer Discretionary ETF 15.6 46 3 5.5 -1.9
FIVA Fidelity International Value Factor ETF 15.5 39 10 10.2 +2.8
HDMV First Trust Horizon Managed Volatility Developed Intl ETF 15.5 80 -31 6.0 -1.4
IDHQ Invesco S&P International Developed High Quality ETF 15.1 29 20 5.4 -2.0
JPIN JPMorgan Diversified Return International Equity ETF 14.9 38 11 8.0 +0.5
IXUS ishares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF 14.7 9 40 7.6 +0.2
VXUS Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund 14.7 8 41 7.7 +0.3
IQDG WisdomTree International Quality Dividend Growth Fund 14.5 38 11 6.4 -1.0
ESGN Columbia Sustainable International Equity Income ETF 14.4 45 4 11.1 +3.7
IHDG WisdomTree International Hedged Quality Dividend Growth Fund 14.3 58 -9 6.4 -1.0
AVDE Avantis International Equity ETF 14.1 23 26 7.9 +0.4
DTH WisdomTree DEFA Equity Income Fund 14.0 58 -9 9.6 +2.2
IQLT iShares Edge MSCI Intl Quality Factor ETF 13.8 30 19 6.2 -1.2
DOO WisdomTree International Dividend ex-Financials Fund 13.3 58 -9 8.7 +1.3
FDT First Trust Developed Markets ex-US Alphadex Fund 12.7 80 -31 7.8 +0.4
LVIN Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility International Equity ETF 12.6 29 20 12.2 +4.8
KLDW Gavekal Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF 12.4 75 -26 4.8 -2.6
IDMO Invesco S&P International Developed Momentum ETF 12.2 25 24 4.7 -2.8
IGRO iShares International Dividend Growth ETF 12.2 22 27 8.0 +0.6
FIDI Fidelity International High Dividend ETF 12.0 39 10 10.8 +3.4
RNDM Developed International Equity Select ETF 12.0 65 -16 6.4 -1.0
MVIN Natixis Seeyond International Minimum Volatility ETF 11.8 55 -6 5.8 -1.7

1Overlap is the percentage of holdings by weight that are identical. For example, if Fund A has a 2% position in Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Fund B has a 5% position, their overlapping position in AAPL is 2%.

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RESULTS & ESTIMATES

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OTHER FUNDAMENTAL METRICS

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Asset turnover **%   Assets-to-equity **x

Return on equity

Revision activity*
*Six months ago = 100

Net margins

Compound annual growth rates

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VALUATION METRICS
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Historical valuation trends

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iShares MSCI Japan ETF
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S&P500 MSCI EAFE MSCI Emg. Mkts. Other ETF:

NEUTRAL

Average appreciation potential. A rating of NEUTRAL is assigned to ETFs with ALTAR Scores in the middle quintile (ranking between 40%-60%) of their category. This indicates that valuations adequately reflect the fundamentals of stocks in these funds.

ALTAR Score™


Calculation of ALTAR Score™
Avg. Return on Equity 9.1 %
Divided by: Fwd. P/BV 1.2 x
Less: Expense ratio 49 bp
Equals: ALTAR Score 7.4 %
info More information on ALTAR Score™

MODERN PORTFOLIO THEORY info

CONSENSUS RECOMMENDATIONS: FUND CONSTITUENTS
COMPOSITE
RATING
1.56 CATEGORY
AVERAGE
1.59
 
The composite rating is a weighted average of analysts' consensus recommendations for individual ETF constituents, based on the following scale:

BUY = 1; OVERWEIGHT = 1.5, HOLD = 2; UNDERWEIGHT = 2.5; and SELL = 3.

Readers are cautioned that because analyst ratings tend to be inflated, the composite score may be more useful as a relative measure of sentiment between funds rather than as a stand-alone recommendation.
 

 

See RATING tab for calculation of ALTAR Score™
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