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.
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Top 10 Equity Holdings as a percent of net assets as of 12/31/2017: Microsoft Corp., 3.48%; JPMorgan Chase & Co., 3.04%; AIA Group Ltd., 2.38%; Pfizer, Inc., 1.95%; Alphabet, Inc., Class A, 1.87%; Home Depot, Inc. (The), 1.82%; Amazon.com, Inc., 1.74%; Lockheed Martin Corp., 1.74%; Airbus SE, 1.71%; Adobe Systems, Inc., 1.70%.
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