Lazard Emerging Markets S

A globally diversified emerging market fund.

  • 122.09p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 144.21p
    Price (Acc)

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    Initial charge

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  • 0.85%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.93%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.90%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 18 June 2021

The fund aims to achieve long term capital growth by investing in global emerging market equities. It is managed by James Donald and the Lazard emerging markets team, led by Donald since 2001.

Fund summary

Sector Global Emerging Markets
Structure OEIC
Launched May, 2013
Size £482m
Yield 1.90%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid May & Nov


Standard initial charge 3.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.85%
Ongoing charges figure 0.93%


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Investment process

The proprietary value team-based approach is used to find undervalued stocks. Sector-relevant screens are performed to narrow down the initial universe of around 1,700 stocks with the market capitalisation of over $300 million, where return on equity (ROE) being one of the primary screen factors. Companies' earnings within this universe are normalised to enable comparison of financials of companies with different accounting practices. Financials are modelled three years ahead to determine an initial target price, then discounted for political risk (20% weight), portfolio risk (20%), corporate governance risk (40%) and macro risk (20%) and target price for each stock is set. The manager James Donald looks for a minimum of 25% upside to the fair value of a stock to be considered for the final portfolio. Stocks within the portfolio are weighted according to their upside to fair value rather than an active weight against the benchmark. The manager and his team are stock pickers and they tend to avoid companies with sub-par balance sheets or companies not reinvesting their profits.

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Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 0.07%
  • 17/18 -0.57%
  • 18/19 -0.43%
  • 19/20 -0.60%
  • 20/21 -0.46%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.50%
  • 5 years -0.40%
  • Career -0.06%
  • 3 years 14.70%
  • 5 years 10.20%
  • Career 67.40%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

James Donald

Donald is a portfolio manager responsible for emerging markets equity portfolios. He has been working in the investment field since 1985. Prior to joining Lazard in 1996, he was a vice president on the emerging markets team at Mercury Asset Management. Previously, he was a vice president of marketing at the same firm. He holds the CFA designation and received a BA (Hons) degree in History from the University of Western Ontario. Donald is fluent in French and is based in New York.

Track record

James Donald has 20.2 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.06%. During the worst period of relative performance (from August 2008 - October 2020) there was a decline of 35% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 40%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -40.00% (May 2008 - November 2008)
Relative -35.00% (August 2008 - October 2020)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.


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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 July 2020

4.4% Samsung Electronics Co
3.6% China Construction Bank
3.3% Sk Hynix Inc
2.8% Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
2.7% Sberbank Of Russia
2.7% Vanguard International Ltd
2.7% Ishares Core Msci
2.2% Infosys
2% Banco Do Brasil
2% Unilever
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Financials 24.00%
Information Technology 22.00%
Communications 10.00%
Others 9.00%
Materials 8.00%
Energy 8.00%
Consumer Staples 6.00%
Consumer Discretionary 5.00%
Industrials 5.00%
Money Market 3.00%


70-90 stocks. The fund does not invest in companies with a market cap >$300m although typically most holdings are larger than this.


All countries and sectors can be zero weighted. Portfolio companies must derive 50% of their net assets and /or sales from emerging markets countries.

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