Crisis in Japan

The continuing crisis in Japan caused Japanese equities to fall sharply on Monday and stocks continued their slide on Tuesday. The largest exchange traded fund focused on Japan, the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (EWJ), fell 7% on Monday.


Japan Returns to Growth

After four consecutive quarters of declining GDP, Japan’s recession is over. The world’s second largest economy reported that Q2 GDP grew an annualized 3.7% on the strength of exports and government stimulus spending.