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Willis Owen Research Commentary

Stephen Harker, the manager of this Focus 50 fund, is a contrarian investor, looking for companies that are deeply out of favour with investors. Focusing on the largest 300 listed companies in Japan, he identifies those that appear significantly undervalued when compared with their competitors. Harker uses valuation measures including price to book, dividend yield and price to earnings ratios and companies must also demonstrate strong fundamentals and management with the potential for a turnaround. Harker employs a rigorous, repeatable process that draws on his team's extensive knowledge of the Japanese market and culture. An extended period of underperformance for the value style has widened the valuation gap relative to growth. If value shares recover this fund is well placed to benefit.

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