Emerging markets: A re-emerging opportunity
Many investors have been reluctant to invest in emerging market equities because of concerns about volatility. We believe the fundamentals argue in favor of a strategic allocation.
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Top 10 holdings (%) as of 12/31/2017: Wells Fargo Company, 5.3, Pfizer, Inc. 4.9, Chevron Corp. 4.3, Microsoft 4.1, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 4.0, Exelon Corp. 3.8, Suncor Energy Inc. 3.8, United Technologies Corp. 3.7, Home Depot, Inc. 3.7, DowDuPont Inc. 3.6.
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