JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund (JOEMX)

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Fund Description

For fund managers James Syme and Paul Wimborne, identifying the most attractive emerging markets in which to invest is the most important influence on investment performance. Through an extensive process that focuses on growth, liquidity, currency, management/politics and valuations, they produce country allocation targets for each of the 20+ countries within the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. Complementing their top-down view is a stock selection process that focuses on identifying quality growth stocks within their favored countries. The result is a large-cap biased portfolio of 50-60 stocks.

Investment Strategy
  • James and Paul believe country allocation is the major driver of outperformance in emerging markets.
  • Through an exhaustive monthly country allocation process that covers 20+ countries within the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, the fund managers produce country allocation targets for each country within the index based on a five-factor analysis: Growth, Liquidity, Currency, Management/Politics and Valuation of equity market.
  • Complementing their top-down view is a stock selection process that focuses on identifying quality growth stocks trading on attractive valuations within the fund managers’ favoured countries.
  • Over time, they expect that top-down and bottom-up decisions will each contribute 50% of total value added.
Investment Objective

The investment objective of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund (the “Fund”) is to seek long-term capital appreciation.The Fund invests, under normal conditions, at least 80% of its assets in equity securities of companies listed in, or whose principal business activities are located in, emerging markets. Emerging market countries are those countries included in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and MSCI Frontier Markets Index, countries with low to middle-income economies according to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and other countries with similar emerging market characteristics. The Fund may invest in emerging market companies of any size, including small and mid-capitalization companies in order to achieve its objective.The Fund’s investment style can be considered as growth at a reasonable price (GARP). GARP investment strategy is a blend of growth and value investing and seeks to find companies that have strong earnings growth at a good price. The Fund employs a combination of top-down and bottom-up research to assess potential investments in the Fund. The "Adviser" (J O Hambro Capital Management Limited) seeks to invest in companies that possess attractive fundamentals and fit with the Adviser’s top-down country views within the emerging markets.

  • James Syme

    Senior Fund Manager

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  • Paul Wimborne

    Senior Fund Manager

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  • Ada Chan

    Fund Manager

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Fund details

Data as at 31 October 2022
Fund size $661.93mn
Strategy size $1.85bn
Maximum capacity $3bn
Benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets NR
Share classes
Institutional (Launch date) 20-November-2012
Advisor (Launch date) 20-November-2012
Investor (Launch date) 17-December-2013
Minimum investment
Institutional $1,000,000
Advisor $0
Investor $0
Fund codes
Fund Ticker Share Class Fund Number CUSIP
JOEMX Institutional 381 46653M104
JOEIX Advisor 181 46653M203
JOEAX Investor 581 46653M302
Fees and Expenses
Fund Ticker Share Class Net Expense Ratio* Gross Expense Ratio*
JOEMX Institutional 1.03% 1.03%
JOEIX Advisor 1.08% 1.08%
JOEAX Investor 1.23% 1.23%

*Expense ratios as stated in the latest prospectus. JOHCM (USA) Inc. has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses so that the Net Total Operating Expenses do not exceed the stated amounts until January 28, 2023.

Fund ratings

Data as at 31 October 2022
Morningstar Rating Rank
  Rank Percentile Rating
Overall Morningstar Rating™     4-Star
1 year 44/804 10%
3 years 198/723 31% 4-Star
5 years 170/642 32% 4-Star
Morningstar Category Diversified Emerging Markets

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Administration

Investment Adviser J O Hambro Capital Management Limited
Transfer Agent Northern Trust
Custodian Northern Trust

Strategy Highlights

As at 30 September 2022

The global market environment remained difficult in the third quarter of 2022, with central banks remaining in tightening mode in the face of continuing inflationary pressures. In particular, the US Federal Reserve conducted two 75 basis point hikes in policy interest rates, which led to a 5.4% rise in the US dollar (on a trade-weighted basis), and tighter global liquidity conditions. MSCI EM index returned -11.6% in USD terms.

The Chinese economy remained weak, despite credit and monetary data suggesting efforts to stimulate. The key causes of the weakness remain the sharp policy-driven slowdown in the real estate sector as well as ongoing Covid lockdowns. We also saw evidence in the quarter of accelerating economic slowdowns in Korea and Taiwan, and also in Central Europe. We remain underweight all three areas in the portfolio.

As in the previous quarter, hawkish central banks led to capital outflows from emerging markets as international investors reduced holdings in emerging bond markets; the outflows also saw falls in many emerging market currencies. It remains our view that domestic demand can surprise to the upside in traditionally high-beta, current account economies where trade balances are supportive of growth. These include Brazil, Indonesia, India, South Africa and Mexico. The equity markets in these countries were among the bestperforming in the quarter, with the MSCI country indices of Brazil, India and Indonesia producing positive returns despite the weak global environment.

In the quarter we maintained our overweight exposure to markets seeing a strong commodity boost to exports and growth. In Brazil we again reduced commodities and added to domestic stocks, partly with an eye on October’s presidential election. We also increased our weighting in Indonesia, adding a consumer stock. With the oil price seeming to have stabilised, we increased our allocation to India, encouraged by strong corporate and economic results.

We continue to have a broad preference for the equity markets of commodity economies that have strong terms of trade and trade balances they have ever had. We continue to see upside to domestic demand and credit growth and believe that weaker global growth will have a limited impact. These remain our preferred markets, including Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and the UAE.

 

Sources for all data: JOHCM/Bloomberg (unless otherwise stated).

Total Return (%)

Data as at October 31, 2022
  1 Month Total Return 3 Month Total Return YTD Total Return 1 Year Total Return Cumulative Since Inception
Advisor Shares Net 0.83 -7.63 -22.29 -20.96 28.94
Investor Shares Net 0.83 -7.71 -22.42 -21.11 17.85
Advisor Shares Net 0.83 -7.60 -22.24 -20.89 30.02
Benchmark -3.11 -14.11 -29.42 -31.03 9.87

Annualised Return (%)

Data as at September 30, 2022
  1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 10 Year Annualized Since Inception
Advisor Shares Net -21.18 -3.30 -0.81 -0.93 -1.01 2.53
Investor Shares Net -21.33 -3.48 -0.97 -1.07 -1.15 1.79
Advisor Shares Net -21.11 -3.23 -0.70 -0.83 -0.91 2.61
Benchmark -28.11 -7.82 -2.07 -2.05 -1.81 1.28

Monthly returns (%)

Data as at 31 October 2022
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Fund 2012 1.60 3.54 5.20
Benchmark 2012 2.83 4.89 7.86
Fund 2013 1.24 -1.88 -1.82 1.56 -0.77 -7.16 1.67 -1.23 6.54 5.65 1.57 0.24 5.01
Benchmark 2013 1.38 -1.26 -1.72 0.75 -2.57 -6.37 1.04 -1.72 6.50 4.86 -1.46 -1.45 -2.60
Fund 2014 -7.57 4.15 0.68 -0.59 5.57 1.93 1.02 1.73 -6.99 3.70 -0.66 -3.47 -1.47
Benchmark 2014 -6.49 3.31 3.07 0.33 3.49 2.66 1.93 2.25 -7.41 1.18 -1.06 -4.61 -2.19
Fund 2015 3.76 2.36 -0.81 7.91 -2.53 -3.95 -7.65 -8.64 -1.63 8.64 -2.35 -2.79 -8.89
Benchmark 2015 0.60 3.10 -1.42 7.69 -4.00 -2.60 -6.93 -9.04 -3.01 7.13 -3.90 -2.23 -14.92
Fund 2016 -7.92 -2.39 10.71 -1.70 -0.28 4.73 5.32 2.98 1.94 -3.29 -4.22 -0.18 4.44
Benchmark 2016 -6.49 -0.16 13.23 0.54 -3.73 4.00 5.03 2.49 1.29 0.24 -4.60 0.22 11.20
Fund 2017 6.48 1.97 3.90 2.21 3.35 1.86 4.87 2.00 0.04 4.99 -0.72 2.45 38.71
Benchmark 2017 5.47 3.06 2.52 2.19 2.96 1.01 5.96 2.23 -0.40 3.51 0.20 3.59 37.28
Fund 2018 4.20 -5.80 -0.16 0.01 -1.09 -2.66 1.02 -2.26 -0.82 -8.09 4.16 -3.69 -14.80
Benchmark 2018 8.33 -4.61 -1.86 -0.44 -3.54 -4.15 2.20 -2.70 -0.53 -8.71 4.12 -2.65 -14.58
Fund 2019 7.14 -0.57 3.94 0.01 -4.61 6.16 -3.09 -3.09 1.61 1.93 -1.74 6.94 14.61
Benchmark 2019 8.76 0.22 0.84 2.11 -7.26 6.24 -1.22 -4.88 1.91 4.22 -0.14 7.46 18.42
Fund 2020 -3.10 -5.37 -17.57 11.68 0.89 7.30 6.24 0.39 0.02 0.99 8.57 8.87 16.39
Benchmark 2020 -4.66 -5.27 -15.40 9.16 0.77 7.35 8.94 2.21 -1.60 2.06 9.25 7.35 18.31
Fund 2021 0.79 2.67 0.75 0.85 3.91 -0.53 -4.96 0.99 -4.71 0.55 -3.14 5.01 1.65
Benchmark 2021 3.07 0.76 -1.51 2.49 1.15 1.33 -6.73 2.62 -3.97 0.99 -4.08 1.88
Fund 2022 0.77 -7.82 -0.93 -5.31 3.04 -8.04 1.84 -1.43 -7.06 0.83 -22.29
Benchmark 2022 -1.89 -2.99 -2.26

Expense Ratio (%)

Data as at February 28, 2022
Share Class Gross Expense* Net Expense*
Advisor 1.08% 1.08%
Institutional 1.03% 1.03%
Investor 1.23% 1.23%

Important Information

The performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investors may obtain performance information current to the most recent month-end, within 7 business days at www.johcm.com or by calling 866-260-9549 or 312-557-5913.

Returns shown, unless otherwise indicated, are total returns, with dividends and income reinvested. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Fee waivers are in effect; if they had not been in effect performance would have been lower.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of emerging markets. The MSCI Emerging Market Index consists of the following 23 emerging market country indices: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Indexes mentioned are unmanaged statistical composites of stock market performance. Investing in an index is not possible.

Historical performance of the Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund for Class II Shares prior to its inception is based on the performance of Class I Shares, the share class most similar to Class II. The performance of Class II Shares has been adjusted to reflect differences in expenses.

*Expense ratios as stated in the latest prospectus. JOHCM (USA) Inc. has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses so that the Net Total Operating Expenses do not exceed the stated amounts until January 28, 2023.

Top 10 holdings and active weights

Data as at 31 October 2022
Top 10 holdings
Samsung Electronics 4.44%
HDFC Bank 3.96%
State Bank of India 3.86%
Mahindra & Mahindra 3.75%
Tencent 3.68%
Emaar Properties 3.31%
Larsen & Toubro 3.29%
Banorte 3.06%
Ambev 2.92%
Proya Cosmetics 2.78%
Top 10 active weights
HDFC Bank +3.96%
State Bank of India +3.64%
Mahindra & Mahindra +3.49%
Emaar Properties +3.19%
Larsen & Toubro +2.99%
Barrick Gold +2.77%
Proya Cosmetics +2.77%
Banorte +2.69%
Ambev +2.66%
FirstRand +2.38%

Regional / Country breakdown

Data as at 31 October 2022
Portfolio Benchmark Relative
Brazil 13.42% 6.44% 6.97%
Canada 2.78% 0% 2.78%
China 19.84% 26.88% -7.04%
India 18.92% 16.2% 2.72%
Indonesia 4.83% 2.28% 2.54%
Mexico 10.14% 2.63% 7.51%
South Africa 4.46% 3.65% 0.8%
South Korea 11.34% 11.91% -0.56%
Taiwan 4.75% 13.51% -8.76%
United Arab Emirates 4.11% 1.49% 2.61%
Cash 3.67% 0% 3.67%

Sector breakdown

Data as at 31 October 2022
Portfolio Benchmark Relative
Financials 27.35% 23.63% 3.80%
Consumer Staples 11.60% 6.50% 5.10%
Materials 10.56% 9.12% 1.50%
Information Technology 10.33% 19.06% -8.80%
Consumer Discretionary 10.02% 12.27% -2.30%
Communication Services 7.52% 8.69% -1.20%
Industrials 7.08% 6.08% 1.00%
Real Estate 5.02% 1.73% 3.30%
Energy 4.70% 5.59% -0.90%
Utilities 2.10% 3.22% -1.10%
Health Care 0.00% 4.06% -4.10%
Cash 3.67% 0.00% 3.67%

Market cap breakdown

Data as at 31 October 2022
Portfolio Benchmark Relative
Large 65.97% 73.12% -7.15%
Mid 27.57% 26.81% 0.76%
Small 1.92% 0.06% 1.86%

Important Information

Fund holdings, sector allocation, regional allocation and top 10 countries are subject to change without notification.

Fund

As at noon Share class Currency CUSIP Number NAV Change Change % Previous
JOHCM International Select Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M849 21.05 -0.07 -0.33% 21.12
Investor USD 46653M823 21.03 -0.08 -0.38% 21.11
JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M203 10.68 -0.01 -0.09% 10.69
Institutional USD 46653M104 10.71 -0.01 -0.09% 10.72
Investor USD 46653M302 10.68 -0.01 -0.09% 10.69
JOHCM Global Select Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M807 14.14 -0.01 -0.07% 14.15
Institutional USD 46653M708 14.19 -0.02 -0.14% 14.21
JOHCM Emerging Markets Small-Mid Cap Equity Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M500 11.41 0.04 0.35% 11.37
Institutional USD 46653M401 11.42 0.04 0.35% 11.38
JOHCM Global Income Builder Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M799 9.85 -0.02 -0.20% 9.87
Institutional USD 46653M815 9.85 -0.03 -0.30% 9.88
Investor USD 46653M781 9.84 -0.03 -0.30% 9.87
JOHCM International Opportunities Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M872 10.20 0.02 0.20% 10.18
JOHCM Credit Income Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M740 8.93 0.00 0.00% 8.93
Regnan Global Equity Impact Solutions 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M716 7.44 -0.01 -0.13% 7.45
TSW Large Cap Value Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M641 14.74 0.04 0.27% 14.70
TSW High Yield Bond Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M658 8.67 0.01 0.12% 8.66

Important Information

The performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investors may obtain performance information current to the most recent month-end, within 7 business days at www.johcm.com or by calling 866-260-9549 or 312-557-5913.

Returns shown, unless otherwise indicated, are total returns, with dividends and income reinvested. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Fee waivers are in effect; if they had not been in effect performance would have been lower.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of emerging markets. The MSCI Emerging Market Index consists of the following 23 emerging market country indices: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Indexes mentioned are unmanaged statistical composites of stock market performance. Investing in an index is not possible.

Historical performance of the Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund for Class II Shares prior to its inception is based on the performance of Class I Shares, the share class most similar to Class II. The performance of Class II Shares has been adjusted to reflect differences in expenses.

*Expense ratios as stated in the latest prospectus. JOHCM (USA) Inc. has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses so that the Net Total Operating Expenses do not exceed the stated amounts until January 28, 2023.

01 Dec 2022

On China: Not a typical emerging market crisis

The market’s optimism of recent years seems to have ended. Yet China has all the building blocks of a powerful recovery when Covid lockdowns end.

14 Nov 2022

Chinese tech stocks – is now the time to invest?

In a new video, James Syme, Senior Fund Manager, shares why these stocks come with a lot of risk – and what to consider before investing.

14 Nov 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

Beijing is changing its policy on Covid and property. Is this a bottom for China stocks?

11 Nov 2022

Why we like Brazil

Inflation under control, positive economic growth, valuations at half their long-term – we remain very positive on Brazil in both absolute and emerging market-relative sense.

01 Nov 2022

Is it time to buy Chinese stocks?

Some Chinese stocks may appear attractive from a valuations perspectives – but investors also need to be able to realize that value.

19 Oct 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

Despite the strong dollar and contracting liquidity, emerging markets are holding their own. As long as you’re selective. 

03 Oct 2022

How can investors identify promising Emerging Markets?

Hint: Watch where the tourists go, says Senior Fund Manager Paul Wimborne. 

22 Sep 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

Rejection of a left-wing constitution reduces risk for equity investors in Chile, but economic problems remain an obstacle

31 Aug 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

Energy exporters, or those with relative energy stability, show signs of prospering 

20 Jul 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

James Syme weighs in on what it will take for the Chinese economy to reverse a slowdown.

28 Jun 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

Inflation is not all bad news in emerging markets

16 May 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

Floating exchange rates are likely to limit the impact of rising US rates on emerging markets

11 Apr 2022

Emerging Markets Spotlight

Rising commodity prices will have a powerful impact on emerging markets, for exporters and for those that import and subsidise the 'Three Fs', food, fuel and fertilizer.

    22 Mar 2022

    Latest Views on Chinese Equity Markets

    James Syme, Senior Fund Manager on the Emerging Markets Opportunities team, shares his latest views on Chinese Equity Markets.

      14 Mar 2022

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme and the Emerging Markets Opportunities team look at the new chapter Russia is writing in emerging equity markets

      10 Mar 2022

      Latest Views on Russian Equity Markets

      James Syme, Senior Fund Manager on the Emerging Markets Opportunities team, shares his latest views on Russian Equity Markets.

      24 Feb 2022

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme and the Emerging Markets Opportunities team highlight the hidden export strengths of two of their favourite markets, India and Mexico

      31 Jan 2022

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme takes a look at recent commodity price moves and describes how the portfolio is positioned to benefit. 

      05 Jan 2022

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      The opportunity within emerging markets is more compelling than the opportunity of emerging markets.

      24 Nov 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      We have seen continued high inflation prints across the world, with volatility in interest rate expectations testing the resolve of central banks...

      25 Oct 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      What a China-Taiwan conflict could mean for stocks

      20 Sep 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      There has been substantial commentary around the changing regulatory environment in China, but is this overshadowing the economic data?

      19 Aug 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Pandemic policies and the implications for emerging market investors. 

      02 Aug 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Five indicators to monitor risk and opportunity from the JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities team. 

      23 Jun 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Portfolio positioning around the commodity rally: the JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities team provide an update

      26 May 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      The pick-up in capital flows, higher commodity prices and vaccination roll-outs are powerful drivers for commodity-exporting emerging markets.

      13 May 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      With Covid-19 case numbers rising rapidly, James Syme reviews the portfolio's Indian exposure.

      23 Mar 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      A top-down look at Brazil from the JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities team.

      19 Feb 2021

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme takes a look at the higher-beta emerging markets and gives his thoughts on where the opportunities lie.    

      16 Dec 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Looking for signs as to which economies (and, potentially, markets) are in the best positions to recover.

      15 Oct 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      2020 has seen an upsurge in anti establishment protests in Thailand. James Syme provides his thoughts. 

      11 Sep 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      The Emerging Markets Opportunities team highlight one of their strongest conviction ideas. 

      12 Aug 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Observations on some interesting differences between inflation dynamics in major Latin American countries.

      16 Jul 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      A top-down look at the countries the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities team are avoiding. 

      16 Jun 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      The US hegemon versus the Chinese challenger: echoes of history

      22 May 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Emerging markets to avoid: the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities team provide their top down analysis.

      17 Apr 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      We previously wrote that "banks generally carry a triple threat in this environment". We now update that to four threats.

      26 Mar 2020

      Matters of state: our latest views on EM

      James Syme provides the team’s signature top-down analysis of emerging markets and the risks and opportunities, country-by-country.  

      11 Mar 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      What does Covid-19 mean for emerging markets?     

      13 Feb 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Shorter-term economic data sources and their usuefulness in navigating the impacts of the coronavirus spread in China.  

      27 Jan 2020

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      "China is a source of opportunities rather than an opportunity in and of itself." - James Syme provides his latest monthly update. 

      21 Jan 2020

      Emerging markets and the dollar: why not to be bearish on EM for too long

      Many investors have assumed that dollar strength is the new normal, but pressure on the dollar is building. And when the dollar does roll over, the history of EM equities suggests the asset class could deliver very strong returns.
       

      14 Nov 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Improving US dollar liquidity and a weaker dollar have the potential to drive very strong economic uplift and equity market returns in EMs. 

      08 Nov 2019

      Turkey: political noise but investment opportunity

      Turning more positive on Turkey: James Syme, JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities, explains his optimism.   

      21 Oct 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Despite the slowing global growth and trade war headwinds, James Syme outlines where the team are still finding opportunities.

      23 Sep 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Someday, this trade war’s going to end. That would be just fine for emerging market investors. Until then caution is warranted.

      21 Aug 2019

      Avoiding Argentina

      Recent events in Argentina underline why investing in EM starts with the top-down country call.

      19 Aug 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund, talks trade wars and currency manipulation. 

      15 Jul 2019

      Emerging Market Spotlight

      James Syme gives his outlook on emerging markets given slowing economic growth in China and the slowing cycle.

      25 Jun 2019

      Our reflections on Russia

      James Syme, JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities, outlines the investment case for Russian equities, which have attractions despite the country’s well-documented political and corporate governance issues.
       

      24 Jun 2019

      Comment on recent Chile interest rate cut

      Note from James Syme on the recent interest rate cut in Chile and broader thoughts on the EM asset class/portfolio positioning.

      13 Jun 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme discusses Mexico being the latest emerging market to undergo volatility as a result of politics-related trade uncertainty. 

      20 May 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Conditions for EM ex-China look better for the next few years - James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund.  

      15 Apr 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme takes a look at two interesting stories that have been developing recently in South Africa and Mexico.

      09 Apr 2019

      This is what a revolution looks like

      James Syme, JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities, on the positive changes in corporate governance in South Korea and what it means for the country's equity market.

      20 Mar 2019

      Outlook for emerging markets in 2019

      Fed rate freeze bodes well for domestic EM equities

      12 Feb 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme takes a look at US monetary policy and the resulting outlook for emerging markets. 

      16 Jan 2019

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme gives his take on China and why he remains cautious. 

      05 Dec 2018

      Outlook for emerging markets in 2019

      Enticing valuations suggest 2019 will be a better year for emerging equity markets. 

      15 Oct 2018

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund, takes a look at the implications of the escalating US-China trade tensions for emerging markets 

      13 Sep 2018

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund, looks at whether opportunity can emerge from crisis in Brazil.

      28 Aug 2018

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      The importance of currency in emerging market investing: James Syme provides his insight on where the opportunities lie.

      15 May 2018

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme reviews how the rising oil price affects emerging market countries and currencies. 

      15 Apr 2018

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Analysing the effect of political change on emerging market equities

      19 Mar 2018

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      Investor optimism over the new South African president is misplaced, says James Syme, JOHCM Emerging Market Opportunities Fund.

      19 Jan 2018

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme, co-manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund, explains his views on the geopolitical risk surrounding the Korean peninsula.

      16 Nov 2017

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund, details the two developments that added to our optimism over the Indian economy and Indian equities. 

      27 Oct 2017

      Emerging Markets Spotlight

      James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Global Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund, takes an in-depth look at corporate Korea 

      07 Sep 2017

      Emerging Markets Spotlight: Checking on Currency

      Problematic current-account deficits in many emerging markets have eased, reducing the overall level of risk in emerging markets as an asset class, explains James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund.

      08 Aug 2017

      Emerging Markets Spotlight – India’s Banking System

      There’s good news in retail credit, but state-owned banks have disappointed, says James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund.

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