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This ETF offers exposure to large cap Japanese stocks, making DBJP one of several ETFs for establishing targeted exposure to one of the world's largest economies. This product is unique from many ETFs in the Japan Equities ETFdb Category in that DBJP hedges out the currency exposure that an investment in international equities brings. This essentially delivers isolated exposure to the performance of the underlying equities in local prices. The impact of currency appreciation or depreciation can be significant in many cases, especially considering the sometimes meaningful swings in the JPY/USD exchange rate. Though EWJ and DBJP maintain substantially identical portfolios, the risk/return profiles of these ETFs may vary significantly. Investors who expect the U.S. dollar to appreciate relative to the yen might prefer this fund as a way to bet on the performance of Japanese stocks; DBJP should outperform EWJ when the U.S. currency strengthens. Those expecting the dollar to lose value relative to its Japanese rival will probably prefer to leave currency exposure unhedged, utilizing a fund such as EWJ instead. Those investors without a strong view in either direction might use a mix of both hedged and unhedged Japan equity ETFs (e.g., 50% DBJP and 50% EWJ). Given the relatively narrow country-specific focus of this ETF, DBJP may be most useful to those looking to establish a tactical tilt towards Japan or implementing a country rotation strategy. The more broad-based DBEF includes exposure to Japanese stocks as well as other ex-U.S. international equities, as do a handful of other EAFE ETFs. Those looking for exposure to Japanese stocks that steers clear of currency risk also have DXJ to consider; that WisdomTree ETF employs a similar strategy to eliminate the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, and is linked to a dividend-weighted index that will impact the shape of the underlying portfolio.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for DBJP on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Japan Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (E*TRADE)
There are 8 other ETFs in the Japan Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of DBJP relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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