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Market Commentary  27751
March, 2018 Data:

Part 1
FORECASTS

12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the Nikkei 225 Index is in the table at the top of this
page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Nikkei 225 Stock Index of 20899.
The table shows a HDTFA of 4442 which suggests that the April, 2019 Nikkei
225 could easily close anywhere between 25341 and 16457. Links to Forecasts
for twenty-two other stock indexes may be found by clicking Stock Market
Forecast at the top of any page.

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one hundred year backtest and also in real time since going live in 2005. To get
the forecast signal for the broad U.S Stock Market, click Stock Market Forecast
at the top of any page. Then select the Bull Market & Bear Market Forecast.

10 YEAR FORECAST
Forecast-Chart.com publishes a 10 Year Forecast for the following stock
market indexes: Dow Jones Industrial Average,  FTSE 100 (United Kingdom),
Hang Seng (Hong Kong), S&P 500, S&P SmallCap 600, S&P MidCap 400,
NASDAQ 100, TSX Composite (Canada), Russell 3000, Russell 2000, Russell
1000 and the Wilshire 5000. For example, the probability that the S&P 500
equity index will be down at least 20% in 10 years is estimated (March, 2028
close compared to March, 2018 close). Over 100 YEARS of historical data was
used to calculate the probabilities. The index with the highest probability of
gaining over 200% in the next 10 years is the S&P TSX Index. The indexes with
the lowest probability of gaining over 200% in the next 10 years are the S&P
SmallCap 600, S&P MidCap 400,  Russell 2000, NASDAQ 100 and the Dow
Industrial Average. To see these forecasts, click the Stock Market Forecast link
at the top of any page, then select the index you are interested in.





Part 2
MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

All Time High                          38424 (May, 1990)
March, 2018 close                 21292
Decline From All Time High     45%
10 Year Return                       70%
5 Year Low                             13389 (August, 2013)
Gain From 5 Year Low            59%

The highest all time monthly close in the Nikkei 225 Index was 38424 in May, of
1990. The March, 2018 close was 21292. That's a decline of 17132 points or
45% below the Nikkei 225 Stock Index all time high.  The Nikkei 225 Index is up
70% over the last 10 years. It has gained 13% over the last 12 months.

The March close was 110.65 points higher than the February, 2018 close of
21182, resulting in a 0.52% rise in March.

The 5 year market low for the Nikkei 225 Stock Index was 13389 in August of
2013. The March, 2018 close at 21292.29 represents a 59% gain since August,
2013.

Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the Nikkei 225 back to
September, 1984. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the
Nikkei 225 Index, excluding dividends.

This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the Nikkei 225 Stock
Index. For links to longer term charts, look at the links under the five year chart
(above). One link opens a ten year chart. Another opens our longest term
graph on the Nikkei 225 Index. Just one glance at our long term charts can
provide tremendous insight into the historical trends of the financial markets.
The table above presents historical data on the Nikkei 225 Stock Index
categorized by the months of the calendar.





























Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 1984 - 2018: Nikkei 225 Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
 1 Year                     13% / 61st                  66% / 5% / -42%
 2 Year                     27% / 69th                  110% / 10% / -55%
 4 Year                     44% / 71st                  200% / 16% / -52%
 8 Year                     92% / 95th                  144% / -4% / -59%
 16 Year                   125% / 99th               129% / -22% / -64%

How do you read the table?
For example: Rolling 2 year period returns are shown on the second row. In the
latest rolling 2 year period, (4/2016 - 3/2018), the Nikkei 225 Index returned
27%. That period scored in the 69th percentile, meaning that it scored better
than 69% of all rolling 2 year periods since 1984. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 1984 returned 110%. The worst returned -55%. The average rolling 2
year period returned 10%.

What is a rolling period?
It's an overlapping period in a data base. For example: In the 2 year period
included in 2000 - 2001, there are 13 complete rolling 12 Month Periods. The
first is January, 2000 - December, 2000. The second is February, 2000 -
January, 2001. The third is March, 2000 - February, 2001 and so on. The last
complete rolling 12 Month Period in the 2000 - 2001 period is January, 2001 -
December, 2001.

How is this information useful?
Best and worst case scenarios may be estimated based on historical facts.
Also, the relationship of the periods is sometimes very helpful. Suppose that the
worst rolling 8 year period in the last 50 years returned -30%. Suppose also
that the latest 4 year period has returned -50%. Market psychology at this point
may be one of great fear or possibly even panic. If the market stays flat for 4
more years, it will break the 8 year decline record by a whopping 20%! (-50%
minus -30% equals -20%.)  50 plus year records are not often broken. That
provides reason to hope that the market will recover that 20% over the next 4
years. If it does, then the 8 year loss will be 30%. The longest index histories
are found in the DJIA, FTSE 100 with FT 30, DJTA, DJUA, S&P 500, & NASDAQ
100

The number of periods in each category for the Nikkei 225 Index are as follows:
1 Year: 392
2 Year: 380
4 Year: 356
8 Year: 308
16 Year: 212

Dividends are not included.











Updated Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
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Monthly close for the Nikkei 225 Stock Index is plotted in gray. The forecast for the target month is
shown in green. See other links related to this stock index below.
Nikkei 225 Stock Index - 5 Year History
15,000
Nikkei 225: Historical Monthly Change
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Month
Percent
Jan
Feb
Mar
0.39
0.51
-2.11
April
May
June
3.48
0.64
-0.81
July
Aug
Sept
0.43
-0.90
0.05
Oct
Nov
Dec
-0.04
-0.12
0.73
Over the last 20 years, certain months have typically performed better than others. The
average monthly return for each calender month over the last 20 years is shown above.
Dividends are not included.
Stock Market Forecast: Nikkei 225 Stock Index
1/14
1/2015
1/2016
1/2017
1/2018
1/2019
1/2020
1/21
17,000
19,000
21,000
23000
25,000
27,000
Nikkei 225 Stock Market Index Forecast
   
Target Month:
Forecast:
HDTFA:
April, 2019
20899
4442
 
Forecast for the monthly close of the Nikkei 225 Stock Index for the
target month indicated.    See commentary and 10 year forecast below.