Local investors hold key in Japan, says Goldman

Japanese retail investors entered local stock markets in droves last month. Will the trend continue?
Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe

Japanese retail investors finally appear to be buying into the domestic stock story nearly a year after Shinzo Abe's government began trying to jump start the economy.

Retail investors pumped $14 billion into local stock markets in January, the highest monthly amount in three decades, Goldman Sachs chief Japan strategist Kathy Matsui said Wednesday, citing Tokyo Stock Exchange data.

It’s a phenomenal amount in such a short period to put it in perspective, Nikko Asset Management estimated in November that the Japanese retail community invested a total of $25 billion in local equity mutual funds in the six months from April to end-September.

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