Japan: The Relationship Between Interest Rates And Stock Market Performance

The impact of falling and rising interest rates on equity markets vary by country. Stocks do not always rise when interest rates fall and vice versa. In the case of Japan, an article by Franklin Templeton Investments noted that falling interest rates did not lead to positive long-term performance of the equity markets. The benchmark index …

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Japan Dividend Withholding Tax Rates For Tax Treaty Countries

The Japan dividend withholding tax rates for treaty countries for 2015 is listed in the table below: Click to enlarge  Source: Mizuho Bank For the tax rates for all countries click the above image to download the table in pdf format. How to use this table? If you are Canadian resident and hold Japanese securities, Japan will …

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On The Dividend Payout Ratio of Japanese Stocks

In an article in September I wrote that the payout ratio of U.S. is on a long-term decline and is now less than 40%. The payout ratio for European companies is on an uptrend and has reached about 50%. Compared to U.S. and European companies, Japanese companies are very stingy when it comes to rewarding …

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Tire Maker Bridgestone Corp’s Stock Split

Japan-based Bridgestone Corp is the world’s largest tire maker in terms of sales revenues from tires only. The company’s annual tire sales revenue exceeds $28.6 billion. Bridgestone’s stock trades as an unsponsored ADS on the OTC market under the ticker BRDCY. Today the stock closed at $71.60. Until today, one ADS represented two ordinary shares. Due …

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