Japan Nikkei index hit an all-time high of 38915 in December 1989, will it ever be broken?

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index set a new record in nearly 34 years last week, breaking the 35000 barrier for the first time since February 1990. Its all-time high of 38915 was hit in December 1989? That’s a 35 year old record!

Some analysts think that the long-term prospects for the Japanese markets look good.

The Nikkei 225 index is a benchmark of the Japanese stock market. It is composed of 225 large companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The index has been fluctuating between 20000 and 30000 points for most of the past decade. It recovered from the lows of the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.

According to some market strategists, the Nikkei 225 index could reach 40000 points in the next 12 months. Fundamentals are ‘pointing in the right direction’ and investor interest in Japan is increasing. 

This would breach the Nikkei’s all-time high of 38915 reached in December 1989. However, others suggest the rally will struggle somewhere between 36000 and the all-time high. This suggest that much of the good news is already priced in.

I think I could probably have guessed that too. The Nikkei hasn’t reached the original high of 1989 for 35 years!

It’s due a new record, isn’t it?

Nikkei index chart from 1984 to 2024 – 40 years

Nikkei index chart from 1984 to 2024 – 40 years

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