Why PGIM Jennison Emerging Markets Fund is the best performing IA emerging markets fund over 5 years

PGIM Jennison Emerging Markets Fund is the best performing fund of the 148 Investment Associations Emerging Markets OEICS and Unit Trusts, according data complied by Trustnet.

However, the fund is aiming at advisors and institutional investors and isn’t easily available to UK private clients. The fund isn’t available through either AJ Bell or Hargreaves Lansdown.

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The fund is managed by an American manager, Prudential Financial inc – not to be confused with FTSE 100 listed Prudential plc.

The fund portfolio has an 83% investment in emerging markets. India has a significant proportion of the fund allocation is 36%, followed by China with 16% weighting.

The fund has returned 80% to investors over the last five years, making it the best performing fund in the sector over that period.

Managers of PGIM Jennison Emerging Markets have invested in companies which they feel are in the early stages of a growth cycle.

This differs to many emerging markets funds because most of their peers tend to focus on more established companies that rely on overall economic growth as a source of future earnings growth.

To manage risk, the fund managers believe in investing in companies which have a strong presence in their domestic markets with little impact on their growth from external markets.


PGIM Jennison Emerging Markets has significant weighing towards India and with Indian indices dramatically outperforming other EM indices over the past five years. This was a key driver to the portfolios outperformance as many peers choose to focus on China and South Korea when looking at Asia.

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