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 a percent of net assets as of 09/30/2019 include: Airbus SE 5.0%, Amazon.com, Inc. 4.6%, Microsoft Corp. 3.9%, Visa Inc. Class A 3.6%, CME Group, Inc. 3.2%, Dollar General Corp. 3.1%, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. 2.8%, Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd., H Shares 2.7%, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Inc. Class B 2.6% and Ferrari N.V. 2.5%.
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