Matthews Japan Fund

Matthews Asia Funds

Risk Considerations

  • Investment involves risk. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. It is possible to lose the principal capital of your investment.
  • The Fund invests primarily in Japan-related companies. Investments in such companies may be subject to increased risks such as political, social, tax, economic, policy, market, liquidity, trading, custody and settlement, currency, legal and regulatory risks.
  • The Fund invests primarily in equity securities, which may result in increased volatility.
  • The Fund may invest in smaller companies which are likely to carry higher risks than larger companies.
  • The Fund may invest in financial derivative instruments (“FDIs”). Risk associated with FDIs include counterparty/credit risk, liquidity risk, valuation risk, volatility risk and over-the-counter transaction risk. Exposure to FDIs may lead to a high risk of significant loss by the Fund.
  • The Fund may use hedging techniques to attempt to offset certain market risks but there is no guarantee that hedging techniques will fully and effectively achieve their desired result.
  • Investors should not invest in the Fund solely based on the information in this website. Please read the Hong Kong Offering Document carefully for further details including risk factors before investing.

Top 10 Holdings as of 31 August 2020

Security Sector % Net Assets
Nintendo Co., Ltd. Communication Services 4.3
Sony Corp. Consumer Discretionary 4.1
Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. Materials 4.0
Daikin Industries, Ltd. Industrials 3.8
Nidec Corp. Industrials 3.8
M3, Inc. Health Care 3.6
SMC Corp. Industrials 3.5
SoftBank Group Corp. Communication Services 3.5
Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. Financials 3.4
Nihon M&A Center, Inc. Industrials 3.4
Total 37.4
Top 10 holdings may combine more than one security from the same issuer and related depositary receipts.
Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A

Portfolio Breakdown (%) as of 31 August 2020

  Fund MSCI Japan IndexDifference
Information Technology 26.0 12.1 13.9
Industrials 20.6 20.6 0.0
Health Care 19.8 11.5 8.3
Consumer Discretionary 15.8 18.0 -2.2
Communication Services 8.3 10.1 -1.8
Financials 5.7 9.1 -3.4
Materials 4.0 4.8 -0.8
Consumer Staples 0.0 8.1 -8.1
Real Estate 0.0 3.6 -3.6
Utilities 0.0 1.5 -1.5
Energy 0.0 0.6 -0.6
Liabilities in Excess of Cash and Other Assets -0.1 0.0 -0.1
  Fund MSCI Japan Index Difference
Mega Cap (over $25B) 49.5 52.4 -2.9
Large Cap ($10B-$25B) 20.8 23.6 -2.8
Mid Cap ($3B-$10B) 16.3 22.7 -6.4
Small Cap (under $3B) 13.5 1.3 12.2
Liabilities in Excess of Cash and Other Assets -0.1 0.0 -0.1
Equity market cap of issuer.
Source: FactSet Research Systems.

Portfolio Characteristics as of 31 August 2020

Number of Securities1


Weighted Average
Market Cap

$36.1 billion

P/E using FY1 estimates


P/E using FY2 estimates


1Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A
Source: FactSet Research Systems unless otherwise noted. Sector data (excluding Government Bonds) based on MSCI’s revised Global Industry Classification Standards. For more details, visit

Percentage values in data are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent, so the values may not sum to 100% due to rounding.  Percentage values may be derived from different data sources and may not be consistent with other Fund literature. 

The P/E Ratio is the share price of a stock as of the report date, divided by the forecasted earnings per share for a 12-month period (FY1) and 24 month period (FY2). For the Fund, this is the weighted harmonic average estimated P/E ratio of all the underlying stocks in the Fund, excluding negative earners. There is no guarantee that the composition of the Fund will remain unchanged, or that forecasted earnings of a stock will be realized. Information provided is for illustrative purposes only.

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