Because the values of the Fund's investments will fluctuate with market conditions, so will the value of your investment in the Fund. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund, or the Fund could underperform other investments. The values of the Fund’s investments fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general stock market and economic conditions. In addition, the performance of foreign securities depends on the political and economic environments and other overall economic conditions in the countries where the Fund invests. Emerging country markets involve greater risk and volatility than more developed markets. Some emerging markets countries may have fixed or managed currencies that are not free-floating against the U.S. dollar. Certain of these currencies have experienced, and may experience in the future, substantial fluctuations or a steady devaluation relative to the U.S. dollar. Investments in small and medium capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large capitalization companies. Growth stocks typically are more volatile than value stocks; however, value stocks have a lower expected growth rate in earnings and sales.
1 IMF Data Mapper “World Economic Outlook” April 2018.
2 Sources: Worldscope via FactSet, The Brandes Institute, as of 6/30/2016. Using data from 1980 to 2016, the study showed that over the long term, a value premium was evident across regions. The emerging markets sample consisted of publicly traded companies domiciled in countries not categorized as developed countries (excluding the smallest 50% of companies). Stocks were first divided into 10 deciles based on price-to-book. Aggregate performance of each decile was tracked over the next five years. This process was then repeated each year. For emerging markets stocks decile 10 value stocks outperformed decile 1 glamour stocks by an average annualized rolling five-year return of 13.59% as measured by their price-to-book ratios. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index with net dividends captures large and mid cap representation of emerging market countries. Data prior to 2001 is gross dividend and linked to the net dividend returns.
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