Investors take note as quality in Japan wakes up

Upturn in performance creates chance of “fundamental factor timing”, analyst says

Quality factor strategies are gaining from Shinzo Abe’s efforts to overhaul management culture

Buy-siders are warming to a quant strategy in Japan that, until recently, seemed not to work too well.

Quality factor strategies – which favour companies scoring well on metrics such as profitability – are gaining from prime minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to overhaul management culture, according to investors including JP Morgan Asset Management and Aberdeen Standard Investments. While such strategies have fared well globally, they have struggled in Japan.

“Quality hasn’t done much in Japan

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