Japan stockpickers shine in AlphaStars contest

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Japan-based stockpickers outgunned the rest of region in March to lead the pack in both the monthly and quarterly AlphaStars competitions. The contest is sponsored by FactSet.

Michael Ostern of J.P.Morgan delivered a 25.14% outperformance against the MSCI Japan benchmark, a remarkable feat given that this was the month when the Japanese stocks went through considerable volatility in the aftermath of the package of disasters that hit the country.

Just behind him was Taketero Furuta of Citigroup Global Markets whose portfolio outperformed the MSCI Japan by 24.89%. It was Furuta, however, who grabbed the