As of end October, funds registered for sale in Singapore and/Hong Kong have seen YTD net outflows of $23.8 billion.

In this series, we examine the top five sectors which have seen the most YTD redemptions. We now move on to Japanese equities.

The analysis is based on global fund flows experienced by funds available for sale in Singapore and/or Hong Kong from January to end October 2016.

All flow figures are in US dollars.

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5. Schroder ISF Japanese Equity A Dis, Schroders

Managers: Shogo Maeda

YTD net flows: -$757.2 million

With the exception of January and May, the Schroders ISF Japanese Equity fund has been seeing net outflows in 2016. As of end October, it has averaged monthly net redemptions of $75.7 million.

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4. Julius Baer EF Japan-JPY B, GAM

Managers: Carlo Capaul, Stefan Fröhlich, Ernst Glanzmann, Reiko Mito

YTD net flows: -$854.8 million 

The Julius Baer EF Japan fund is managed by a quartet from GAM. As of end October, it shed $854.8 million, of which about a quarter of outflows ($232.7 million) were lost in August 2016.

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3. Man GLG Japan CoreAlpha Equity I JPY, Man Group

Managers: Jeffrey Atherton, Neil Edwards, Stephen Harker

YTD net flows: -$1267.9 million

The Man GLG Japan CoreAlpha Equity fund is managed by Jeffrey Atherson, Neil Edwards, and Stephen Harker, all of whom are Citywire A rated. The fund finally saw signs of reprieve in October, when it garnered net flows of $69.7 million, after nine consecutive months of withdrawals in 2016.

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2. Nomura Funds Ireland-Japan Strategic Value I JPY, NN IP

Managers: Kentaro Takayanagi

YTD net flows: -$1330.5 million

The Nomura Japan Strategic Value fund has seen ten straight months of outflows since Jan 2016. It saw its highest redemption of $350.9 million in September 2016, and has averaged monthly outflows of $133.1 million between January and October this year.

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1. Polar Capital Japan USD, Polar Capital

Managers: Gerard Cawley, James Salter

YTD net flows: -$5785.2 million

As of end October, the Polar Capital Japan fund saw a total YTD outflow of over $5 billion. The bulk of this redemption took place in January 2016, when it shed $4.3 billion. Since then, redemptions have abated, averaging monthly net redemptions of $164.8 million between February and October.

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