Saw this featured on M* today under - The Case for Emerging-Markets Dividend Funds.
5 Star rating, Low Risk, High Return. Exp. at .63%, Yield of 3.45%. It does appear to be a passively managed fund, however given it's returns and low risk and the fact that so many Emerging Markets Funds have very high expenses, maybe this is a good thing.
Regarding it's performance I did a quick compare of this on M* to other Diversified Emerging Markets Funds under the Fund Category Performance: Total Returns Section. DEM is not included in there since it's an ETF, but when charting it against some of the other high performing funds, DEM appears to have them all beat since it's inception except WAEMX which it's about even with. DEM however has much lower risk attached, and it's obvious during the 2008 crash. I also added OAKIX to compare against and it blows that one away as well since DEM's inception.
I've been looking for a Foreign/Emerging Markets Fund with low risk/high return and this looks extremely compelling at first glance. It seems like so many Emerging Markets Funds come with real high risk, but this one really appears different, at least one that has been around a few years vs. all the new balanced funds coming out. Granted I haven't researched this area very much at all, so love to hear any feedback if there are other worthy funds that fit this mold as well.
And as an overall question, what are opinions about how to play Emerging Markets right now? Are there certain regions one should avoid? I do see this heavily weighted in China & Latin America. Also I was trying to determine what a weight in a portfolio would be? M* does say DEM can be considered a small core holding in a portfolio which I thought was interesting. I am only 34, so willing to take on some risk, if I think the long-term returns will payout.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.