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Nikkei 225 is a long-established stock index of Japan's leading 225 companies.
Nikkei 225 turns 70 years old
4 Reasons To Choose Nikkei 225
Since its inception in 1950, the Nikkei 225 has been the leading index of Japan’s top 225 companies traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Trusted and respected around the world, the index offers investors a reliable view of market sentiment, the latest value and the current position based on 70 years of history.
The Nikkei Stock Average (Nikkei 225) is a Japanese stock market index with history of more than 70 years, the longest in the country. The index is managed and calculated by Nikkei Inc., a Japan based global media group which includes the Financial Times of U.K. The index is published every day by major medias globally and is acknowledge as the measure of the Japanese market throughout the world.
Transparency is one of the important features of the Nikkei 225 as it is administered by the set or rules which are made publicly available. Nikkei complies with the Principles for Financial Benchmarks by the International Organization of Securities Commissions ("IOSCO Principles") and is a Recognized Third Country Administrator of benchmarks under the EU Benchmarks Regulation (BMR) first in Japan. To reflect the thoughts and opinions of the users of the index, Nikkei conduct public Index Consultations in making important decisions.
The Nikkei 225 has a family of indices. The indices such as Leveraged or Covered Call versions reflect specific investment strategies. Volatility index and Dividend Point Index views the market from different perspectives. High Dividend Yield and Domestic/Global Exposure indices follow specific themes of the market by choosing constituents from the Nikkei 225. By variety of family indices, Nikkei provides investors and market participants with profound insights into the market.
The derivative products such as ETFs and futures contracts based on the Nikkei 225 and family of indices are listed and traded in the markets inside and outside of Japan. OTC derivative instruments are also created and traded widely. These financial products bring variety of trading opportunities for the Japanese market to the investors.
The Nikkei 225 is the best-known stock index of Japan and the wide range of derivative products have been actively traded globally. The history of such products started from the futures contract listed on the Singapore market in 1986.
Osaka exchange joined in 1988 as well as Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1990. In 2019, B3 of Brazil listed futures on the Nikkei 225. The Nikkei 225 ETF is available in Europe (Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal) and in Asia (China, Taiwan, Korea). It is also listed in Mexico and Israel markets.
The Nikkei 225 reflects the state of the Japanese and global economy in a highly sensitive manner as it is comprised of representatives of the major industrial sectors such as Toyota and Sony. The constituents of the index are chosen from the stocks actively traded in the market and include, in addition to the traditional large stocks, fast glowing companies such as Fast Retailing, the provider of UNIQLO brand, or SoftBank Group which actively invests in companies, especially, in the internet industry. Since the Tokyo market opens earliest among major stock markets, the Nikkei 225 reacts to the global events first in the world.