BlackRock Emerging Markets D Acc
New for 2020. A diverse portfolio is delivering much-improved performance
BlackRock Emerging Markets has earned a place in our Rated Funds for 2020, after a year in which it was highly commended in Money Observer’s fund awards, despite the relatively short tenure of its managers. Andrew Swan and Gordon Fraser became co-managers of the fund in March 2017 when Swan, formerly head of Asian equities, became head of Asian and global emerging markets equities, and Fraser, a portfolio manager in the global emerging markets equity team, relocated to Hong Kong from London to work alongside Swan.
They have improved the fund’s performance significantly. The fund is now among the leaders in its peer group over one, three and five years. It replaces UBS Global Emerging Markets Equity in our line-up. The latter is also a consistent first-quartile performer, but it is one of a number of funds in this asset group focused on large Asian companies.
BlackRock Emerging Markets adds more diversity to the list. It is underweight large caps, where it had 48% of assets at the end of 2019, compared with 68% for the MSCI Emerging Markets index. It also has less in China than many competitor funds and the benchmark – 26% versus 32%. It has an overweight position in Brazil, its second-largest country weighting at 11%. Swan and Fraser loaded up on Brazilian firms just before an election-spurred rally in late 2018.
The fund has about 60 holdings and a well-dispersed top 10 that accounts for a third of assets. The managers continue to see greater divergence between emerging market regions and countries, and find this helps them find good opportunities at a stock and country level.
Narrative and ratings content all as of January 2020.See all Money Observer rated funds
|BlackRock ICS USD LiqEnvtlyAwr Agcy Inc||9.73 %|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR||5.20 %|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd||4.04 %|
|Samsung Electronics Co Ltd||3.75 %|
|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd||2.62 %|
|Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd||1.98 %|
|Anhui Conch Cement Co Ltd Class H||1.91 %|
|ENN Energy Holdings Ltd||1.89 %|
|HDFC Bank Ltd||1.85 %|
|SJM Holdings Ltd||1.83 %|
|Asia - Emerging||47.30 %|
|Asia - Developed||23.15 %|
|Latin America||13.94 %|
|Europe - Emerging||10.75 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||19.36 %|
|Financial Services||18.51 %|
|Communication Services||10.22 %|
|Consumer Defensive||7.35 %|
|Basic materials||5.79 %|
Gordon Fraser is a Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc. He has been Director since 2015. And he also serves as Vice President of BlackRock, Inc. from 2012 to 2015.
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