Japan Core Equity

The strategy seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation through investment in high-quality Japanese companies bought at what the team believes is the right price. The strategy’s long-term focus is designed to deliver strong risk-adjusted performance over time.


The team believes that investing in Japanese companies that are trading below their assessment of intrinsic value, possess strong cash-generative business models, and represent sustainable growth opportunities offers the potential for outperformance over the long term.

Managed by

Edward Ritchie, ASIP

Portfolio Manager, Japan Equity

Ed is a managing director and the lead portfolio manager for the MPF Japan equity strategy at Manulife Investment Management (Europe). He’s also a senior investment analyst supporting other equity strategies, and is responsible for the analysis of European and EAFE equities, specializing in consumer sectors. Previously, he worked at Schroders Investment Management and Lazard, specializing in Japanese equities. With Schroders, Ed was based in Tokyo from 2000 to 2007, when he managed a £500 million fund investing in Japanese dividend growth stocks, as well as managing the consumer section of the research team. Ed holds the Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals designation.

  • Education: M.A. in Politics and Economics, University of Oxford (1993)
  • Joined the company: 2010
  • Began career: 1995
Edward Ritchie, ASIP


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