Investors may be tempted to give up on their emerging-markets equities funds, as many of them have been down for three consecutive calendar years while U.S. markets have been strong. On average, emerging-markets funds have declined 5.7%, annualized, over the past three years through Dec. 31, 2015, compared with the S&P 500’s 15.1% annualized return over the same period (thanks to a 32% return in 2013 and a 14% return in 2014, which helped offset a weak 1.4% return in 2015).
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Patricia Oey does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.