JPMorgan Emerging Markets Equity Fund - I - J.P. Morgan Asset Management


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Leveraging our global research and local insights on the world’s fastest-growing markets, the Emerging Markets Equity Fund seeks to identify high-quality businesses that compound earnings sustainably over the long term.

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Key Points

  • Comprehensive research and local knowledge; nearly 100 dedicated portfolio managers and analysts across eight locations.
  • High-conviction strategy with a growth and quality focus and long-term investment horizon that integrates environmental, social and governance considerations.
  • Outperformed the MSCI Emerging Markets Index over the latest one-, three-, five- and 10-year periods.1
  • Top-decile performance over the three-year period and top-quintile batting average for the three and five-yr. periods.2

Compared to benchmark and category average, in thousands (difference vs. benchmark)

1Source: For I Shares as of 9/30/17.
2Morningstar, as of 9/30/17. Diversified Emerging Markets category. I Shares. Ranked : 1-yr. (180/797), 3-yrs. (70/642), 5-yrs. (149/447) and 10-yrs. (55/183). Consistency is measured by batting average —calculated by dividing the number of quarters/months where the manager beats/matches the index by the total number of quarters/months in the period:Ranked: 1-yr. (108/843), 3-yrs. (79/716), 5-yrs. (74/564) and 10-yrs. (94/286). Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Chart source: Morningstar, J.P. Morgan Asset Management; as of 9/30/17. Morningstar Diversified Emerging Markets Category. Returns shown are for the I Shares. Other share classes may have higher expenses, resulting in lower returns. Returns with dividend and capital gains reinvested. There is no direct correlation between a hypothetical investment and the anticipated performance of the Fund. Past performance does not guarantee future results.


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As of September 30, 2017

Quarter in review
  • The JPMorgan Emerging Markets Equity Fund (I Class Shares) outperformed the benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (net of foreign withholding taxes), for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
  • Stock selection in Russia was a tailwind for performance in the quarter, led by our position in Sberbank of Russia PJSC (2.8% portfolio weighting). The bank’s performance was aided by a victory in August against Russian pipeline operator Transneft in the Court of Appeals. The court ruled in favor of Sberbank by quashing a decision saying it owed over $1 billion to Transneft related to a 2013 derivatives contract. Additionally, during the period, the company reported strong second-quarter results, including record profits and an upgrade to guidance.
  • An underweight exposure to Korea, resulting from individual stock selection rather than country allocation, boosted performance. The market corrected during the period amid profit-taking following strong performance in the first half of 2017 and concerns of escalating tensions with North Korea.
  • Stock selection in China proved to be a drag on performance, most notably led by our underweight exposure to Inc. (2.4% portfolio weighting), a Chinese online retailer. The stock was negatively impacted by reports from a third-party data tracker, YipitData, signaling decelerating online physical goods sales for the company. Despite this short-term noise, we remain confident in the long-term growth prospects for the business and are encouraged by its recently announced strategic partnership with Walmart to further integrate both companies’ inventory, customer resources and platform.
  • Overweight exposure to India, resulting from bottom-up stock selection, detracted from returns. ITC Ltd. (1.4% portfolio weighting), an Indian consumer goods conglomerate, was among the leading detractors. Despite reporting a 7.4% jump in net profit year over year for the first quarter, taxation uncertainty weighed on returns. During the period, policy makers reversed course on a previously implemented goods-and-services tax (GST) on cigarettes that was favorable for ITC.
Looking ahead
  • We expect the trends supporting the absolute and relative performance of emerging market equities to continue for some time.
  • Risks remain, with North Korea and a U.S.-led market correction topping the list in the short term. Medium term, we will be paying close attention to the details of the next five-year plan in China, due before the end of the year, as well as elections in key markets.
  • We believe investors should consider buying on pullbacks that may be sparked by a pick-up in volatility globally or a news-driven correction, as we continue to believe that corrections in emerging market equities at this stage of the cycle may be short-lived.

Fees and Minimums

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Fund Managers



1Please refer to the prospectus for additional information about cut-off times.

Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

The Fund's adviser and/or its affiliates have contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend and interest expenses related to short sales, interest, taxes, expenses related to litigation and potential litigation and extraordinary expenses) exceed 1.24% for A Shares, 1.74% for C Shares, 0.99% for I Shares, 0.95% for L Shares, 1.54% for R2 Shares, 1.29% for R3 Shares, 1.04% for R4 Shares, 0.89% for R5 Shares and 0.79% for R6 Shares of the average daily net assets. The Fund may invest in one or more money market funds advised by the adviser or its affiliates (affiliated money market funds). The Fund's adviser has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses in an amount sufficient to offset the fees and expenses of the affiliated money market funds incurred by the Fund because of the Fund's investment in such money market funds. This waiver is in effect through 10/31/2019 for A Shares, 10/31/2019 for C Shares, 10/31/2019 for I Shares, 2/28/2018 for L Shares, 10/31/2019 for R2 Shares, 10/31/2019 for R3 Shares, 10/31/2019 for R4 Shares, 10/31/2019 for R5 Shares and 10/31/2019 for R6 Shares, at which time the adviser and/or its affiliates will determine whether to renew or revise it. The difference between net and gross fees includes all applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements.

The quoted performance of the Fund includes performance of a predecessor fund/share class prior to the Fund's commencement of operations. Please refer to the current prospectus for further information.

Mutual funds have fees that reduce their performance: indexes do not. You cannot invest directly in an index.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index (net of foreign withholding taxes) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index measuring emerging market equity performance.

The performance of the Lipper Emerging Markets Funds Index includes expenses associated with a mutual fund, such as investment management fees. These expenses are not identical to the expenses charged by the Fund. An individual cannot invest directly in an index.

Total return figures (for the fund and any index quoted) assume payment of fees and reinvestment of dividends (after the highest applicable foreign withholding tax) and distributions. Without fee waivers, fund returns would have been lower. Due to rounding, some values may not total 100%.

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The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10- year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.Rankings do not take sales loads into account.
The following risks could cause the fund to lose money or perform more poorly than other investments. For more complete risk information, see the prospectus.

Effective November 22, 2017, the calendar year performance of the R2 share class, prior to the inception of the share class, was recalculated to take into consideration the expenses of the share class.

International investing bears greater risk due to social, economic, regulatory and political instability in countries in "emerging markets." This makes emerging market securities more volatile and less liquid developed market securities. Changes in exchange rates and differences in accounting and taxation policies outside the U.S. can also affect returns.

Investments in foreign currencies and foreign issuers are subject to additional risks, including political and economic risks, greater volatility, civil conflicts and war, currency fluctuations, higher transaction costs, delayed settlement, possible foreign controls on investment, expropriation and nationalization risks, and less stringent investor protection and disclosure standards of foreign markets. These risks are magnified in countries in "emerging markets."
Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

The top 10 holdings listed reflect only the Fund's long-term investments. Short-term investments are excluded. Holdings are subject to change. The holdings listed should not be considered recommendations to purchase or sell a particular security. Each individual security is calculated as a percentage of the aggregate market value of the securities held in the Fund and does not include the use of derivative positions, where applicable.

P/E ratio: the number by which earnings per share is multiplied to estimate a stock's value.

P/B ratio: the relationship between a stock's price and the book value of that stock.

EPS: Total earnings divided by the number of shares outstanding.