International Equity August 2014 Update

Returns in Europe have lagged this year, in part a reflection of the economic exposure the region has to Russia and Ukraine. Much of Europe remains mired in the economic muck. Broadly, economic growth in the region is less than 1%, sovereign debt-to-GDP levels continue to expand despite record low interest rates, and there is real disagreement among politicians with regard to the direction of economic policy within the euro zone, as evidenced by French President Hollande's firing of Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg late in the month, who favored more stimulus rather than greater austerity in government spending. Not coincidentally, the US dollar index began to strengthen in early May and has since risen about 5%. We think that there is more going on here than simply a reaction to the rumblings in Ukraine. The US Federal Reserve's plan to conclude Quantitative Easing this fall, stronger economic growth in the US, and additional easing by the European Central Bank to try to stem deflation in Europe have all contributed to the dollar's upward move. European and Japanese multinational companies should benefit at the expense of their US counterparts should this trend persist—and we think it may.

 

 

Performance for periods ending September 30, 2014

total returns % returns % *
  quarter 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years since inception Total Expense Ratio
Global Equity
Class A - US Dollar INCEPTION: 06/21/07 -1.05 12.23 15.80 10.41 N.A. 4.87 0.85
Class A - Euro INCEPTION: 06/21/07 7.40 20.34 18.08 13.68 N.A. 5.83 0.85
Class A - GBP Sterling INCEPTION: 03/05/08 4.48 12.13 14.31 10.18 N.A. 9.44 0.85
Class A - Singapore Dollar INCEPTION: 08/05/08 1.27 14.21 14.87 8.27 N.A. 6.00 0.85
Class A - Australian Dollar INCEPTION: 10/04/12 6.62 19.67 N.A. N.A. N.A. 21.21 0.85
International Equity
Class A - US Dollar INCEPTION: 12/02/13 -3.77 4.40 N.A. N.A. N.A. 7.62 0.90
Class A - GBP Sterling INCEPTION: 06/07/13 1.54 4.05 N.A. N.A. N.A. 4.24 0.90
Class I - US Dollar INCEPTION: 04/03/13 -3.72 4.41 N.A. N.A. N.A. 7.50 0.75
Emerging Markets
Class A - US Dollar INCEPTION: 09/25/12 -4.81 6.12 N.A. N.A. N.A. 6.16 1.20
Class M - US Dollar INCEPTION: 06/18/14 -4.87 N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. -4.20 1.05
Class I - Canadian Dollar INCEPTION: 11/14/13 -0.09 N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. 11.90 0.90
Frontier Markets
Class A - US Dollar INCEPTION: 09/25/12 -0.20 20.79 N.A. N.A. N.A. 22.02 1.75
Class A - Euro INCEPTION: 03/12/14 8.27 N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. 20.50 1.75
total returns % returns % *
  quarter 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years since inception Total Expense Ratio
International Equity
Class B - US Dollar INCEPTION: 09/27/13 -3.92 3.94 N.A. N.A. N.A. 2.98 1.15
Emerging Markets
Class B - US Dollar INCEPTION: 10/25/13 -4.89 N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. 1.10 1.50

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The portfolios invest in foreign securities, which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. They also invest in emerging markets, which involve unique risks, such as exposure to economies less diverse and mature than the US or other more established foreign markets. The portfolios may invest in smaller companies which involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. Economic and political instability may cause larger price changes in emerging markets securities than other foreign securities.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investing involves risk. There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will meet its objective.

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May 2011

Rusty Johnson, Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the Emerging Markets Strategy, is featured in this video.


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The portfolios invest in foreign securities, which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. They also invest in emerging markets, which involve unique risks, such as exposure to economies less diverse and mature than the US or other more established foreign markets. The portfolios may invest in smaller companies which involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. Economic and political instability may cause larger price changes in emerging markets securities than other foreign securities.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investing involves risk. There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will meet its objective.


Pricing as of 10/23/14

Global Equity Class A - USD
NAV 1.396
Daily Change 0.649 %
YTD Return 3.254%
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International Equity Class A - USD
NAV 1.000
Daily Change 0.100 %
YTD Return -2.057%
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Emerging Markets Class A - USD
NAV 1.114
Daily Change -0.269 %
YTD Return 1.181%
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Frontier Markets Class A - USD
NAV 1.435
Daily Change 0.000 %
YTD Return 8.630%
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International Equity Class B - USD
NAV 1.009
Daily Change 0.099 %
YTD Return -2.229%
Emerging Markets Class B - USD
NAV 0.998
Daily Change -0.200 %
YTD Return 1.012%