International Rebalancing Act

Potentially favorable international stock valuations and performance trends may make now the right time for international equity.

  • June 2018

As many investors know, the recovery of equity markets since the global financial crisis in 2009 has been dramatically uneven―particularly when comparing the S&P 500® Index to the MSCI ACWI ex USA, which boasts 211% cumulative outperformance since March 2009.

U.S. vs. International Equity Returns

Growth of $10,000 Since Market Bottom in March 2009 (3/10/09 - 06/30/18)



The impact of this uneven recovery has affected valuations

As of 03/31/18 S&P 500 Index MSCI ACWI ex USA
Forward P/E 17.2x 13.5x
Price/Book 3.2x
1.7x
Price/Cash Flow
13.3 8.0
Dividend Yield% 1.87 2.97
Est. 3-5 Yr. Earnings Per Share Growth
13.4 11.0
Return on Equity 19.6 15.7
Long-Term Debt/Capital
40.1 28.3

Source: MSCI, Standard and Poors, FactSet as of June 30, 2018. Please see below for definitions.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.


How did Harding Loevner International Equity (HLMIX) Perform?

Growth of $10,000 Since Market Bottom in March 2009 (3/10/09 - 06/30/18)

This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in the Portfolio in March 2009. It assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains but does not reflect the effect of any applicable sales charge or redemption fees. This chart does not imply any future performance.


A Fund to Consider:

Harding Loevner International Equity Portfolio

As of 06/30/18, HLMIX was rated 5, 4, 4, and 5 stars for the Overall, 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods against 344, 344, 304, and 218 Foreign Large Growth funds, respectively.

As of 06/30/18, HLMNX was rated 4, 4, and 4 stars for the Overall, 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods against 344, 304 and 218 Foreign Large Growth funds, respectively.

Average annual returns (%)1 (as of 06/30/18)

  Inception QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Since Inception
HLMNX ( Investor) 09/30/05 -1.40 -0.62 9.95 8.03 5.41 5.41 6.69
HLMIX (Institutional) 05/11/94 -1.31 -0.40 10.33 8.40 5.74 5.74 6.45
HLIZX (Institutional Class Z) 07/17/17 -1.26 -0.35 - - - 2.54 8.10
Benchmark - -2.61 -3.77 7.28 5.07 2.54 2.54 -

Expense Ratios (gross/net): HLMNX (Investor) - 1.14%/1.14%    HLMIX (Institutional) - 0.82%/0.82%    HLIZX (Institutional Class Z) - 0.99%/0.73%*

1 Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized  

*The Net Expense Ratio is as of June 30, 2018 as the Portfolio is operating below the contractual agreement, which is in effect until February 28, 2019.


Performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the Portfolio may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling  (877) 435-8105 or visiting hardingloevnerfunds.com. Performance data shown does not reflect the 2.00% redemption fee imposed on shares held 90 days or less; otherwise, total returns would be reduced.

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Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. The Portfolio invests in foreign securities, which will involve greater volatility and political, economic, and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. It also invests in emerging markets, which involve unique risks, such as exposure to economies less diverse and mature than the US or other more established foreign markets. Economic and political instability may cause larger price changes in emerging markets securities than other foreign securities. Such risks may be magnified for securities in frontier emerging markets. Investing in participation notes involve the same risks associated with a direct investment in the underlying security, currency or market.

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in declining markets.

The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) ex-USA is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The MSCI ACWI ex-USA consists of 22 developed and 24 emerging market country indices. Please go to msci.com for most current list of countries represented by the index.

The S&P 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks. The S&P 500 Index is designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries. 

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Forward price/earnings (or P/E) ratio is a measure of the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio using forecasted earnings for the P/E calculation.

Price/book (or P/B) ratio is calculated by dividing the market price of a company's outstanding stock by its book value (total assets of a company less liabilities) and then adjusting for the number of shares outstanding. Stocks with negative book values are usually excluded from this calculation. 

Price/Cash Flow ratio is the ratio of a stock’s price to its cash flow per share. 

Dividend yield is a percentage that is calculated by dividing a company's total dividends paid over the trailing 12 months by its current per-share price and multiplying by 100.

Return on Equity or ROE is the percentage a company earns on its total equity in a given year. A common way to calculate this ratio is to divide debt-free net income by average total equity. ROE shows how much profit a company generates on the money shareholders have invested in the firm.

Long-Term Debt/Capital is a ratio showing the financial leverage of a firm, calculated by dividing long-term debt by the amount of capital available.

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