Aberdeen Emerging Markets Equity Fund is managed by a team with a buy-and-hold investment approach, so the positioning of the portfolio has changed little over the past year.
We recently caught up with Devan Kaloo, Aberdeen's Head of Global Emerging Markets, who provided us with a brief update.
- New positions include Jerónimo Martins, a Portuguese retailer purchased at an attractive valuation, which the team believes to be well-run with an established franchise in Poland. South African-based telecoms business, MTN Group, has also been added.
The past couple of years presented a challenging environment for emerging markets investors which is a higher-risk region. This fund has underperformed the wider market over the past two years. Over the longer term, the team’s long-standing investment approach has seen the fund in good stead. Over ten years, it has returned 314.8%* against 166.8% for the average fund in the sector. Please remember past performance is not a guide to future returns.
|Annual percentage growth|
| Apr 10 -
| Apr 11 -
| Apr 12 -
| Apr 13 -
| Apr 14 -
|Aberdeen Emerging Markets Equity Fund||14.4%||1.5%||15.4%||-13.8%||12.8%|
|IA Global Emerging Markets||9.9%||-8.4%||7.6%||-10.2%||11.4%|
Past performance is not a guide to future returns. Source: Lipper IM* to 01/04/2015
Our view on this fund
To keep the fund a manageable size and protect underlying investors, Aberdeen has sought to restrict inflows into the fund. The fund therefore does not feature on the Wealth 150, our favourite funds across the major sectors. However, we continue to hold the team in high regard and we favour their approach of seeking high-quality businesses at reasonable valuations.