Fund Facts  

Inception Date: Oct 20, 1997
Ticker Symbol: HIEMX
Morningstar Category:Diversified Emerging Mkts
As of Sep 30, 2016
Fund Net Assets ($millions) $7,565

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Description

Objective  

The investment seeks capital appreciation.

Principal Investment Strategies  

The fund offers investors exposure to emerging economies through well-established companies. Under normal circumstances, it invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities or equity-linked instruments of issuers located in emerging markets countries; such issuers may be of any capitalization. Emerging markets countries generally include every nation in the world except the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and most nations located in Western Europe.

Principal Investment Risks  

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You may lose money by investing in the Fund. Please see the Fund’s prospectus or other disclosure documents for information about the Fund’s risks.

 

Performance & Expenses

Standard Performance As of Sep 30, 2016
Fund/Benchmark Name QtrYTD1-Yr3-Yr5-Yr10-YrSince Inception
Virtus Emerging Markets Opp Ia5.13%14.29%15.75%3.26%5.72%6.96%6.90%
MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net)a,b9.03%16.02%16.78%-0.56%3.03%3.95%N/A
Morningstar Diversified Emerging Mktsa,c7.60%14.34%15.24%-0.36%3.68%3.49%N/A

Fund past performance, as shown, is no guarantee of how the Fund will perform in the future. The performance shown has been annualized for periods greater than one year. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For current performance, visit www.icmarc.org.

Fund performance is shown comparing it to a "benchmark" which may be a (i) broad-based securities market index (ii) a group of mutual funds with similar investment objectives, or (iii) a short term government backed debt obligation such as a U.S. Treasury Bill. An index is not available for direct investment, is unmanaged, and does not reflect the costs of portfolio management or trading. A fund's portfolio may differ from the securities held in an index.

Annual Fund Operating Expenses
Total Expensesa1.31%

 

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b. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index of equity securities that is designed to measure the equity market performance of emerging markets. The net version of this index reinvests dividends after the deduction of withholding taxes, using a tax rate applicable to non-resident institutional investors who do not benefit from double taxation treaties.

c. The Fund’s Morningstar Category Average is a group of funds with similar investment objectives and strategies and is the equal-weighted return of all funds per category. Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on a fund’s historical portfolio holdings.

Distributions

Dividends and Capital Gains  
Record Date Ex/Payable Date Income/Capital Gains Paid Per Share
Dec 22, 2015Dec 22, 2015$0.084000000
Dec 22, 2014Dec 22, 2014$0.069000000
Jun 20, 2014Jun 20, 2014$0.124000000
Dec 20, 2013Dec 20, 2013$0.080000000
 

Morningstar Information

Morningstar RatingTM   As of Sep 30, 2016
Period Stars Category Size
Overall 5 Stars602
3-Year 5 Stars602
5-Year 4 Stars435
10-Year 5 Stars190

For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, fee waivers, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each 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 fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. For funds with loads, the Morningstar rating on a load-waived basis is provided, when available. Load-waived ratings do not include any front- or back-end sales loads and are intended for investors that have access to such purchase terms. Funds with loads are waived for plans administered by ICMA-RC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Morningstar Stylebox As of Sep 30, 2016
Equity Stylebox
Large Growth
Allocation of Assets As of Jun 30, 2016
Type of Asset Percent
Equity99%
Fixed Income0%
Cash/Other1%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 
 

Characteristics

Allocation of Assets As of Jun 30, 2016
Asset ClassPercent
Domestic Stock1.0%
Foreign Stock97.9%
Domestic Bond0.0%
Foreign Bond0.0%
Preferred0.0%
Convertible0.0%
Cash0.1%
Other1.0%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 
Equity Sector As of Jun 30, 2016
SectorPercent
Consumer Defensive43.7%
Financial Services18.5%
Technology18.2%
Consumer Cyclical7.7%
Healthcare2.7%
Communication Services2.6%
Real Estate1.7%
Industrials1.5%
Basic Materials1.3%
Energy1.1%

Exposure reflects equity securities only and will sum to the equity exposure of the fund.

 
Top Ten Country Exposure As of Jun 30, 2016
CountryPercent
India24.0%
United Kingdom12.4%
China9.7%
Brazil9.4%
Indonesia7.6%
Mexico7.3%
South Korea6.4%
Netherlands5.7%
South Africa5.2%
Thailand3.6%
Top Ten Holdings As of Jun 30, 2016
Holding NamePercent
British American Tobacco PLC7.1%
Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd5.4%
HDFC Bank Ltd4.7%
ITC Ltd4.4%
Ambev SA ADR4.1%
SABMiller PLC4.1%
Tencent Holdings Ltd3.9%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR3.8%
Naspers Ltd Class N3.7%
Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV ADR3.4%
 

Statistics

Portfolio Statistics As of Sep 30, 2016
Statistic3-Year5-Year
Beta0.660.68
Alpha3.463.44
Standard Deviation12.5413.72
 
 

Footnotes

1.

Please read the fund's prospectus carefully for a complete summary of all fees, expenses, investment objectives and strategies, risks, financial highlights, and performance information. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of the amount invested. Investors should carefully consider the information contained in the prospectus before investing. You may contact us to obtain a prospectus or to answer questions by calling 800-669-7400, emailing investorservices@icmarc.org, or visiting www.icmarc.org.

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