HLMIX Wins 2013 Lipper Fund Award
The International Equity Portfolio, Institutional Class was awarded best five-year risk-adjusted performance among 155 international large-cap growth funds for the period ended November 30, 2012.
How to Play Investing's Wild Frontier
The Wall Street Journal
Pradipta Chakrabortty, Frontier Emerging Markets Portfolio Co-Lead Portfolio Manager, is among the managers consulted in this discussion of the potential benefits (and risks) of investing in frontier markets. The article notes the greater growth potential and attractive valuations in these markets, and cautions about their higher volatility.
Where is Your Fund Manager From?
Alec Walsh, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the International Equity Portfolio (HLMNX), is featured in this article examining “home bias” of fund managers, and, in the case of non-US investing, information asymmetry. Mr. Walsh disagrees that information asymmetry is an issue, as he believes technology and globalization have minimized information advantages.
Europe: It’s Japan, Only Worse
In this article on investing in Europe in the aftermath of the debt crisis, the International Equity Portfolio (HLMNX) is highlighted as “a solid choice” for investors wishing to gain exposure to European multinationals with attractive valuations.
Investing Abroad This Year? Remember a Good Map
The New York Times
Simon Hallett, CIO, emphasizes that “investing in the emerging markets is a question of price as well as relative growth” in this piece on the investment potential of non-US stocks following their strong performance in 2012.
Passive or Active Funds Overseas
The International Equity Portfolio (HLMNX) is featured in this article highlighting low-volatility international mutual funds. Alec Walsh, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the International Equity Portfolio says he looks for “companies that can show durable growth for the next three to five years.”
15 Top Stock Picks from Star Investors
Alec Walsh, International Equity Portfolio Co-Lead Portfolio Manager and Health Care Analyst, contributed one of his Health Care investment ideas for this article.
13 'Sleeper' Investments for 2013
Simon Hallett, CIO, Peter Baughan, Global Equity Portfolio Co-Lead Portfolio Manager, and Jafar Rizvi, Information Technology Analyst, contribute comments about Mexico in this article on overlooked investment themes around the world.
Goldberg’s Picks: The 5 Best Stock Funds for 2013
The Emerging Markets Portfolio, Advisor Class (HLEMX) is included among Goldberg’s picks. The author notes the fund’s “skilled and experienced management team” and how the fund “has produced superior returns with lower volatility than the benchmark.”
Visiting Experts Offer Divergent Views
Australian Financial Review
On a recent trip to Australia, Simon Hallett, CIO, was interviewed for this article, which highlights Harding Loevner’s fundamental, bottom-up philosophy. Mr. Hallett discusses why he believes relying on predictions is an ineffective investment strategy.
Emerging Markets Are More than Just the BRICs
New York Times
Rusty Johnson, Emerging Markets Portfolio (HLEMX) Co-Lead Portfolio Manager, is quoted in this analysis of the risk for emerging markets investors of focusing only on the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China). Citing China as an example, he notes that growth in GDP “doesn’t equate to stock market performance.”
Patience Will Pay Off in Africa
Babatunde Ojo, Frontier Markets Analyst, was consulted for this article on the investment potential of Africa. Emphasizing the need for a long-term view when investing in this region, Babatunde notes “what may be overplayed is the pace at which we will see economic reforms.”
5 Reasons to Buy Emerging-Markets Stocks Now
This article lists favorable demographics as one reason to invest in emerging markets, but also notes the relatively higher valuations of good companies in the region. The author points to the Emerging Markets Portfolio (HLEMX) as “one of the best developing-markets funds,” and describes Rusty Johnson, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager, as investing in such companies only "as long as their anticipated growth rates support their high P/Es.”
Harding Loevner Emerging Markets PM Says Still Hard to Find Quality Growth in China
Craig Shaw, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the Emerging Markets Portfolio (HLEMX), discusses the challenges he faces in investing in China, and highlights promising investment opportunities in Turkey and Indonesia
How to Play It— Emerging Markets Now a Stock-Pickers Market?
David K. Randall
The Emerging Markets Portfolio, Advisor Class (HLEMX) is highlighted in this article on the benefits of active management in emerging markets.
In a Tough World, Fewer Places to Hide
The New York Times
Simon Hallett, CIO, cautions that economic risks in China are “grossly misunderstood” in this article on investing abroad in the dampened global growth environment.
Funds Get a Boost from Africa, Mideast
Pradipta Chakrabortty, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the Frontier Emerging Markets Portfolio (HLMOX), discusses his outlook for companies in the Gulf oil-producing countries.
Looking to Frontier Markets for Next Big Thing in Investing
New York Times
Conrad de Aenlle
Pradipta Chakrabortty, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the Frontier Emerging Markets Strategy, gives his view of the current state of frontier markets and highlights Africa, the Middle East, Vietnam, and Bangladesh as markets that present exciting investment opportunities.
Exploring for Growth in Frontier Markets
Dow Jones Newswire Tip Sheet
Harding Loevner’s Frontier Emerging Markets Portfolio, Institutional Class (HLFMX) is highlighted in this mutual fund profile. Pradipta Chakrabortty, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager for the fund, discusses how he finds high-quality, growing companies in frontier markets.
Latin American Markets Aim for a New Decade of Gains
New York Times
Conrad de Aenlle
Rick Schmidt, Portfolio Manager of the Emerging Markets Portfolio, gives his insights on the contributors to Latin American markets’ strong returns over the last decade, and points to a few of the attractive investments he sees in the region.
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The MSCI All Country World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global developed and emerging markets.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free-float adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global emerging markets. The Index consists of 21 emerging market countries.
The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure developed market equity performance, excluding the US & Canada. The Index consists of 22 developed market countries.
The MSCI BRIC Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of the following four emerging market country indices: Brazil, Russia, India and China. At 12/31/12, the MSCI BRIC Index returned 6.67%, 14.54%, -1.07%, -5.36%, and 19.78%, respectively, for the 3-Month, 1-Year, 3-Year, 5-Year, and 10-Year periods.
Countries in the MSCI Frontier, Global Emerging and Mature (Developed) Market Indices are measured by economic development, size, liquidity and market accessibility in order to be classified as Frontier, Global Emerging and Mature (Developed) countries. Each June, MSCI communicates its conclusions on the list of countries under review and announces the new list of countries, if any, under review for potential market reclassification in the upcoming cycle.
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The Gross Expense Ratio for the Emerging Markets Portfolio, Advisor Class (HLEMX) is 1.47%.
The International Equity Portfolio, Institutional Class was ranked best out of 155 International Large-Cap Growth Funds for the 5-year period ended November 30, 2012. A Lipper Fund Award is awarded to one fund in each Lipper classification for achieving the strongest trend of consistent risk-adjusted performance against its classification peers over a three, five or ten-year period. Although Lipper makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Lipper. Lipper Analytical Services, Inc. is an independent mutual fund research and rating service. © 2012, All Rights Reserved
Morningstar Rankings represent a fund's total-return percentile rank relative to all funds that have the same Morningstar Category. The highest percentile rank is 1 and the lowest is 100. It is based on Morningstar total return, which includes both income and capital gains or losses and is not adjusted for sales charges or redemption fees.
Morningstar Foregin Large Growth category: These funds seek capital appreciation by investing in large international stocks that are growth-oriented. Large-cap foreign stocks have market capitalizations greater than 5 billion. Growth is defined based on high price/book and price/cash-flow ratios, relative to the MSCI EAFE Index. These funds typically will have less than 20% of assets invested in U.S. stocks.
Morningstar Foreign Large Blend category: These funds seek capital appreciation by investing in a variety of large international stocks. Large-cap foreign stocks have market capitalizations greater than $5 billion. The blend style is assigned to funds where neither growth nor value characteristics predominate. These funds typically will have less than 20% of assets invested in U.S. stocks.
Morningstar Foreign Large Value category: These funds seek capital appreciation by investing in large international stocks that are value-oriented. Large-cap foreign stocks have market capitalizations greater than $5 billion. Value is defined based on low price/book and price/cash-flow ratios, relative to the MSCI EAFE Index. These funds typically will have less than 20% of assets invested in U.S. stocks.
Morningstar Diversified Emerging Markets category: These funds tend to divide their assets among 20 or more nations, although they tend to focus on the emerging markets of Asia and Latin America rather than on those of the Middle East, Africa, or Europe. These portfolios invest predominantly in emerging market equities, but some funds also invest in both equities and fixed income investments from emerging markets.
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