Fund managers in the US are finding attractive investment opportunities amid the emerging markets sell-off, largely a result of investor concern about the trade war between the US and China. Christopher Mack, a portfolio manager for Harding Loevner’s Global Equity strategy, discusses the attractive valuations that have appeared among some EM stocks due to the sell-off.
Emerging market stocks’ descent to 17 month lows entices U.S. investors
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Debt to GDP Ratio: the ratio of a country's public debt to its gross domestic product (GDP), which indicates the country's ability to pay back its debts.
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Economies of scale: the cost advantage that arises with increased output of a product.
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Free Cash Flow: A measure of financial performance that represents the cash a company generates from its business after making the expenditures necessary to maintain the company's operations.
Growth at a Reasonable Price (GARP): An equity investment strategy combining tenets of growth and value investing wherein investors look for companies that are showing consistent earnings growth above broad market levels, while excluding companies that have very high valuations.
JP Morgan Emerging Market Global Bond Index: an index designed to track a basket of bonds issued in local currencies by emerging market governments.
Maximum Drawdown: Measures the loss in any losing period during a fund's investment record. It is defined as the percent retrenchment from a fund's peak value to the fund's valley value.
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Sharpe Ratio: a measure for calculating risk-adjusted return, and this ratio has become the industry standard for such calculations.
Smart beta: defines a set of investment strategies that emphasize the use of alternative index construction rules to traditional market capitalization based indices.
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The Argentina Merval Index: One of the main market indicators for tracking Argentina's stock market
The Bangladesh DSE General Index tracks the performance of all companies listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange
The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index provides a measure of the performance of the U.S. investment grade bonds market, which includes investment grade U.S. Government bonds, investment grade corporate bonds, mortgage pass-through securities and asset-backed securities that are publicly offered for sale in the United States.
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Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC): an independent US federal agency that regulates the US derivatives markets, which includes futures, swaps, and certain kinds of options.
The CSI 300 Index is a market capitalization-weighted index that aims to reflect the overall performance of the 300 largest and most liquid stocks traded on the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a stock market index computed from the stock prices of 30 of the largest and most widely held public companies in the United States, designed to measure the performance of the industrial sector of the American stock market.
E-Mini: an electronically traded futures contract that is a fraction of the value of a corresponding standard futures contract, available on a wide range of indexes, commodities, and currencies.
The FTSE Emerging Markets index is part of the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS). The series includes large and mid-cap securities from advanced and secondary emerging markets and provides investors with a comprehensive means of measuring the performance of the most liquid companies in the emerging markets.
(Substantiation for the May 15, 2020 Bloomberg article) — Historical Small Cap Returns: For 20 years ended December 31, 2019, the Russell 2000 has produced annualized returns of 8.2%, compared with 6.7% for the S&P 500. Over the same period, the MSCI All-Country World ex-US Small Cap Index has returned 10.8% annualized, compared with 6.6% for MSCI’s All Country World ex-US Index.
The IHS Materials Price Index looks at global commodity price movements. These commodities include ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, chemicals, pulp, as well as other commodities.
The IPC Mexico Index is a major stock market index which tracks the performance of leading companies listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange.
The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 tracks 400 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange that have been selected based upon specific quantitative and qualitative criteria, including average ROE, operating profit, market capitalization, and corporate governance policies.
The Kazakhstan Stock Exchange Index Composite index weighted by market capitalization which is calculated according to prices of transactions in the most liquid shares on the KASE
The MSCI All Country World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global developed and emerging markets.
The MSCI All Country World ex USA Index is a market-capitalization-weighted index maintained by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and designed to provide a broad measure of stock performance throughout the world, with the exception of U.S.-based companies.
The MSCI All Country World ex US Small Cap Index is a free-float market capitalization index that is designed to measure small cap developed and emerging market equity performance. The Index consists of 48 developed and emerging market countries, and is comprised of companies that fall within a market capitalization range of USD 17-8,751 million (as of September 30, 2022).
The MSCI All Country World ex USA Value Index captures small cap securities exhibiting overall value style characteristics across developed and emerging markets countries. The value investment style characteristics for index construction are defined using three variables.
The MSCI China Index consist of a range of country, composite and non-domestic indexes for the Chinese market, intended for both international and domestic investors.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free-float adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global emerging markets. The Index consists of 24 emerging market countries.
The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure developed market equity performance, excluding the US & Canada. The Index consists of 21 developed market countries.
The MSCI EAFE Small Cap Index: an equity index which captures small cap representation across Developed Markets countries* around the world, excluding the US and Canada.
Countries in the MSCI Frontier, Global Emerging and Mature (Developed) Market Indices are measured by economic development, size, liquidity and market accessibility in order to be classified as Frontier, Global Emerging and Mature (Developed) countries. Each June, MSCI communicates its conclusions on the list of countries under review and announces the new list of countries, if any, under review for potential market reclassification in the upcoming cycle.
The MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure equity market performance in all countries from the MSCI Frontier Markets Index and the lower size spectrum of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. The Index consists of 28 frontier markets and 4 emerging markets.
The MSCI Frontier Markets Index provides broad representation of the equity opportunity set across 28 countries while taking investability requirements into consideration within each market.
The MSCI Frontier Markets 100 Index aims to capture the performance of frontier markets while putting a stronger emphasis on tradability compared to the broader parent index, the MSCI Frontier Markets Index. The MSCI Frontier Markets 100 Index is limited to 100 constituents.
The MSCI Frontier Markets Investable Market Index (IMI): captures large, mid and small cap representation across Frontier Markets countries.
The MSCI Investable Market Indexes (IMI) cover all investable large-, mid- and small-cap securities across the Developed, Emerging and Frontier Markets, targeting approximately 99% of each market's free-float adjusted market capitalization.
The MSCI Japan Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Japanese market. The index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Japan.
The MSCI USA Index is a free float adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure large and mid-cap US equity market performance.
The MSCI World ex USA Small Cap Growth Index captures small cap securities exhibiting overall growth style characteristics across developed and emerging markets countries. The growth investment style characteristics for index construction are defined using five variables.
The NASDAQ is a global electronic marketplace for buying and selling securities, as well as the benchmark index for U.S. technology stocks.
The NCREIF Farmland Index is a quarterly time series composite return measure of investment performance of a large pool of individual agricultural properties acquired in the private market for investment purposes only.
The Nikkei 225 Index is a price-weighted index comprised of Japan's top 225 blue-chip companies traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Nikkei is equivalent to the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index in the United States.
The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000 is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): an independent US federal agency that enforces federal securities laws, proposes securities rules, and regulates the securities industry.
The S&P Europe 350 is an equity index covering 17 major European markets, representing approximately 70% of the region's market capitalization.
The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index is a composite index of commodity sector returns representing an unleveraged, long-only investment in commodity futures that is broadly diversified across the spectrum of commodities.
The S&P 500 Index (S&P, S and P) is an unmanaged index commonly used to measure performance of US stocks.
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The Schwab Fundamental International Large Company Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the total return of the Russell Fundamental Developed ex-U.S. Large Company Index. The Index measures the performance of the large company size segment by fundamental overall company scores, which are created using as the universe the companies in the Russell Developed ex-U.S. Index.
The Shanghai Composite Index is a market composite made up of all the A-shares and B-shares that trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
The STOXX Europe 600 represents large, mid and small capitalization companies across 18 countries of the European region.
USAA Nasdaq 100 Index: matches, before fees and expenses, the performance of the stocks composing the Nasdaq-100 Index.
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Morningstar Foreign Large Growth category: These funds seek capital appreciation by investing in large international stocks that are growth-oriented. Large-cap foreign stocks have market capitalizations greater than 5 billion. Growth is defined based on high price/book and price/cash-flow ratios, relative to the MSCI EAFE Index. These funds typically will have less than 20% of assets invested in U.S. stocks. The performance for the average peer is -33.00%, 0.27%, 4.40% for one, five and ten years, respectively as of September 30, 2022. These returns are annualized.
Morningstar Foreign Large Blend category: These funds seek capital appreciation by investing in a variety of large international stocks. Large-cap foreign stocks have market capitalizations greater than $5 billion. The blend style is assigned to funds where neither growth nor value characteristics predominate. These funds typically will have less than 20% of assets invested in U.S. stocks.
Morningstar Foreign Large Value category: These funds seek capital appreciation by investing in large international stocks that are value-oriented. Large-cap foreign stocks have market capitalizations greater than $5 billion. Value is defined based on low price/book and price/cash-flow ratios, relative to the MSCI EAFE Index. These funds typically will have less than 20% of assets invested in U.S. stocks.
Morningstar Diversified Emerging Markets category: These funds tend to divide their assets among 20 or more nations, although they tend to focus on the emerging markets of Asia and Latin America rather than on those of the Middle East, Africa, or Europe. These portfolios invest predominantly in emerging market equities, but some funds also invest in both equities and fixed income investments from emerging markets. Morningstar Analyst Rating is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by the mutual fund analysts of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars, which are process, performance, people, parent, and price. Morningstar's analysts use this five pillar evaluation to identify funds they believe are more likely to outperform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis. Analysts consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, and the weighting of each pillar may vary. The Analyst Rating ultimately reflects the analyst's overall assessment and is overseen by Morningstar's Analyst Rating Committee. The approach serves not as a formula but as a framework to ensure consistency across Morningstar's global coverage universe. The performance for the average peer is -28.69%, -1.79%, 1.17% for one, five and ten years, respectively as of September 30, 2022. These returns are annualized.
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