Published on by Jared Cummans on April 23, 2013 | Updated August 26, 2013
The Nikkei-225 is not only one of the most popular benchmarks for Japanese equities, but it is among the most popular in the world. Though the index is far off from its heyday in the 1980s due to crippling recessions in the nation, it still holds a fair amount of the weight. The index is recalculated every 15 seconds during live trading sessions unlike many other popular indexes. The benchmark, which debuted in 1950, has been funneled into the popular MAXIS Nikkei 225 Index ETF (NKY, B-) issued by Precidian.
The fund joins the likes of several other popular exchange traded products that offer exposure to Japanese equities like iShares‘ (EWJ, A) and WisdomTree‘s (DXJ, A-). But perhaps what is most interesting about this index is the way that it has transformed through the years, as the economy struggled to maintain course during turbulent economic times.
Below, we offer a visual history of the Nikkei-225 index. Simply click a year to see which components dominated the index during that time. All market caps in millions of yen.