Best Performing Emerging Markets Stock Mutual Funds 2013

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Discover best performing emerging markets stock mutual funds 2013. Top funds are T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund, Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small Countries Fund, and Harding Loevner Frontier Emerging Markets.

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Emerging markets stock sector doesn’t perform very well in 2013. This article will look into the mutual funds which buck the trend. Some of these equity funds managed to achieve higher return and managed to get very close to S&P 500 index return. Emerging markets or developing markets countries may include China, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Russia, Eastern Europe countries, Latin America, etc.

Emerging Markets Stock | Best Performing Mutual Funds - 2013The top performing list is sorted based on its performance in 2013 (up to 12/31/2013). You can find the fund review, performance, expense ratio, dividend yield, fund’s NAV, management, info, etc.

The 10 best performing emerging markets stock mutual funds 2013 are:
  1. Morgan Stanley Inst Frontier Em Mkts A
  2. T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund
  3. Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small Countries Inv
  4. William Blair Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth N
  5. HSBC Frontier Markets A
  6. Harding Loevner Frontier Emerging Markets Inv
  7. Baron Emerging Markets Retail
  8. Driehaus Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth
  9. Driehaus Emerging Markets Growth
  10. Scout Emerging Markets
Updated on 1/18/2014

T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund - TRAMX T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund (TRAMX)

T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund invests mainly in common stocks of companies located in Africa and the Middle East. This mutual fund has total assets of $188 million. Its expense fee is 1.47%. The current dividend yield is 1.44%. The current shares price is $9.04. The fund manager is Oliver D.M. Bell since 2011.

In 2013, this best performing emerging markets stock mutual fund has a return of 24.16%. The 3 year average return is 6.63%. This equity fund uses an investment style of mid growth. The top 3 stocks in its portfolio include Naspers Ltd, Mtn Group Limited, and Qatar National Bank SAQ.

Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small Countries Fund (WAFMX)

With a high expense ratio of 2.25%, Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small Countries Fund utilizes its assets to purchase equity of companies that are tied economically to frontier markets and small emerging market countries. Laura Geritz has managed this stock mutual fund since January 2012. Its total assets are $1.0 billion.

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In 2013, this best performing emerging markets stock mutual fund managed to achieve 18% return. It is among the top 2% in its category. The top 2 stocks are Viet Nam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company and East African Breweries Ltd. The top 3 sectors are consumer defensive, financial services, and consumer cyclical.

You can buy this WAFMX fund with $2,000 initial funding for your brokerage account or retirement accounts (traditional IRA or Roth IRA). You can buy from 40 brokerages including Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan NTF, Raymond James, Vanguard NTF, Scottrade NTF, etc.

Harding Loevner Frontier Emerging Markets Fund - HLMOX Harding Loevner Frontier Emerging Markets Fund (HLMOX)

Ranked with 5 stars rating by Morningstar, Harding Loevner Frontier Emerging Markets fund uses its assets to purchase companies’ stocks in frontier emerging markets, including the smaller traditionally-recognized emerging markets. This no load fund has a high expense ratio fee of 2.25%. The portfolio turnover rate is only 24%. The yield is only 0.11%.

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In 2013, it has a total return of 16.48%. This top performing emerging markets stock mutual fund has a 5 year annualized return of 15.67%. The top 3 stocks in its holdings are HSBC Bank P-Note (Jarir), Cementos Argos S.A. ADR, and Universal Robina Corporation.

Fund Performance


NoFund NameTickerNAVTotal Net Assets1 Yr Return5 Yr Return10 Yr ReturnSince Inception
1Morgan Stanley Inst Frontier Em Mkts AMFMPX18.8$23,500,000 27.06%N/AN/A21.54%
2T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle EastTRAMX9N/A26.38%11.31%N/A0.18%
3Wasatch Frontier Emerg Sm Countrs InvWAFMX3.11$927,600,000 25.56%N/AN/A26.87%
4William Blair Emerg Mkts Sm Cp Gr NWESNX15.03$9,300,000 20.29%N/AN/A18.44%
5HSBC Frontier Markets AHSFAX13.48$24,500,000 19.10%N/AN/A11.91%
6Harding Loevner Frontier Emerg Mkts InvHLMOX8.52$25,300,000 19.02%N/AN/A2.15%
7Baron Emerging Markets RetailBEXFX11.49N/A16.36%N/AN/A4.02%
8Driehaus Emerging Markets Small Cap GrDRESX12.59$190,900,000 15.41%N/AN/A20.51%
9Driehaus Emerging Markets GrowthDREGX32.09$1,632,500,000 14.66%20.00%14.75%22.29%
10Scout Emerging MarketsSEMFX11.11$12,500,000 14.32%N/AN/A12.24%
11Delaware Emerging Markets ADEMAX15.87$515,200,000 14.19%17.21%12.72%N/A
12T. Rowe Price Emerging Europe FundTREMX19.49N/A13.30%21.06%9.76%9.00%
13Thornburg Developing World ATHDAX18.59$531,300,000 12.88%N/AN/A9.77%
14Nile Pan Africa ANAFAX14.73$31,500,000 12.14%N/AN/A9.25%
15Calvert Emerging Markets Equity ACVMAX12.85$10,100,000 12.10%N/AN/A6.97%
16Seafarer Overseas Gr and Income InvestorSFGIX11.18$28,200,000 11.41%N/AN/A9.94%

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