Emerging Markets Still A Good Investment Despite Warning Notices Regarding Russia

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Many investors in emerging market funds got a message from the fund warning that turmoil in relations between the United States and Russia could effect fund assets or performance. Notices looked something like this:

SSEMX Warning Notice Regarding Russia

According to this news report:

U.S. securities regulators contacted fund firms with holdings in Russia last month, to make sure they were properly managing risk and disclosing the assets to investors.

I don’t believe the Kremlin’s Propaganda but neither do I think the United State’s handling of affairs has been stellar.

But we do think that, despite the risks, emerging markets is still a good investment. Russia represents a small portion of the typical emerging market fund:

  • 5.14% of iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM)
  • 5.8% of FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO)


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