Emerging markets still deserve attention
We believe corporate revenue and earnings growth is likely to continue in most key emerging market sectors in 2018 and provide ongoing investment potential.
The opinions expressed are those of the Fund’s managers and are not meant as investment advice or to predict or project the future performance of any investment product. The opinions are current through Dec. 31, 2017, are subject to change at any time based on market and other current conditions, and no forecasts can be guaranteed. This commentary is being provided as a general source of information and is not intended as a recommendation to purchase, sell, or hold any specific security or to engage in any investment strategy. Investment decisions should always be made based on an investor’s specific objectives, financial needs, risk tolerance and time horizon. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
Top 10 holdings (%) as of 12/31/2017: HNI Corp. 3.0, Targa Resources Corp. 3.0, Republic Services, Inc. 2.9, Kellogg Co. 2.9, Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. 2.9, CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc. 2.9, Snap-on, Inc. 2.8, Rockwell Automation, Inc. 2.8, V.F. Corp. 2.8 and KAR Auction Services, Inc.
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