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Emerging Markets Fund

Fund launch date 29/09/2008
Fund size £8,414,918.70
Number of holdings 44
Run by current manager for 15 years
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The Fund

The Fund is managed by Ewan Thompson, Thomas Smith and Ruth Chambers. It aims to generate capital growth over the long term (5 years or more). The Fund invests at least 80% in shares of emerging market companies. These are companies in countries which, at the time of purchase, appear anywhere in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

You are able to redeem your investment from the Fund at any time and there is no exit fee for doing so.

Past performance does not predict future returns. You may get back less than you originally invested. Reference to specific securities is not intended as a recommendation to purchase or sell any investment.
Key Information
Manager Inception Date of Fund
Class Launch Date
Comparator Benchmark 1
MSCI Emerging Markets
Comparator Benchmark 2
IA Global Emerging Markets
Single Price
Offer Price
Price Date

Meet the team

Ruth, Ewan and Thomas moved to Liontrust as part of the acquisition of Neptune Investment Management in October 2019. Prior to joining Neptune, Ruth was a field engineer for Schlumberger before working as an oil & gas equity research associate for Bank of Montreal. She has a Masters Degree in Earth Sciences from Oxford University. Prior to joining Neptune in 2006, Ewan worked as an editor for Yale University Press. Ewan graduated from Oxford University in 2003 with a degree in English. Thomas has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Oxford University.

Meet the tea

Our Investment Process

The fund managers believe the key to generating outperformance is through high conviction, long-term, research-led company selection.
The Liontrust Emerging Markets Fund focuses on Emerging Leaders – companies well positioned to prosper in a world of rapid change. Importantly, given many disruptive products and business models have arisen in developed markets, their introduction and adoption rates across emerging markets are driving considerable growth at a consumer and commercial level.
Therefore, Emerging Leaders alone have the resources and capabilities to survive and prosper given the huge levels of disruption seen across the whole economy.

A common feature is their ability to create value for customers (either via a lower price and/or higher quality product and management that are focused on driving continuous improvement) and capture value for itself and its shareholders via a sustaining moat (such as unique assets, efficient scale, technology leadership, R&D investment and customer switching costs).

The Fund is ‘focused’, containing relatively fewer holdings than those included in their benchmark indexes because the stocks are selected based on the high convictions of the investment team. Whether Fund outperforms or underperforms its benchmark depends on the investment team’s stock selections. While the Fund chooses stocks based on a long-term view of three to five years, they may underperform over the shorter periods because of short-term challenges.

Past performance does not predict future returns. You may get back less than you originally invested. Reference to specific securities is not intended as a recommendation to purchase or sell any investment.


Performance since manager inception date

Discrete performance (%)

As at previous quarter 12 months ending: Sep 23 Sep 22 Sep 21 Sep 20 Sep 19
Liontrust Emerging Markets -2.0 -16.7 15.6 1.6 5.3
IA Global Emerging Markets 2.6 -15.4 17.0 2.0 6.5
Quartile Ranking 4 2 3 3 3

Cumulative performance (%)

As at previous day end 1 month 3 months 6 months YTD 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years Since Inception
Liontrust Emerging Markets -1.1 -1.6 -2.0 -1.8 -0.8 -22.5 1.3 57.5 134.0
IA Global Emerging Markets -0.4 -0.4 -0.9 0.4 0.7 -10.9 14.3 53.3 137.3
Quartile Ranking 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 2 -

Source: FE fundinfo as at 08/12/2023. Performance figures are shown in GBX. Total return performance figures are calculated net of costs and charges, on a bid price to bid price basis (mid to mid for OEICs) with net income (dividends) reinvested. Where applicable the quartile rank is for the primary share class within the sector. If your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

Current positioning

Top 10 Holdings (%)

j.b. chemicals & pharma ltd 3.14

Sector Breakdown (%)

Financials 23.34
Information Technology 22.60
Consumer Discretionary 15.59
Industrials 9.35
Communications 8.85
Materials 6.27
Health Care 5.26
Energy 5.17
Consumer Staples 1.62
Real Estate 1.49
Money Market 0.39
Oil & Gas 0.01

Geographic Breakdown (%)

Hong Kong
Cash & Cash Equivalents

Source: Liontrust as at 30/11/2023.

Additional Information
Minimum initial investment
Minimum additional investment
Ex-dividend date
1st January
Distribution date
28 February (Final)
Sedol code
ISIN code
Initial charge
Ongoing Charges Figure
Included within the OCF is the Annual Management Charge

For more information on the OCF, see our costs and charges page.

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The Chinese New Year: a return to growth? With the Chinese New Year approaching, Ewan Thompson, Manager of the Liontrust Emerging Markets Fund, looks at how the reopening of the world’s second largest economy could help boost emerging markets and improve global prospects too
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India and China: a divergence in market performance Since the start of the second quarter of 2020, the extent of the stock market performance differential between India and China is unprecedented in the last 20 years. Ewan Thompson, Manager of the Liontrust Emerging Markets Fund, explains the reasons behind such a significant relative divergence.
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Why emerging markets are proving resilient Ewan Thompson explains why emerging markets have proven relatively resilient in a volatile environment in which they would be expected to struggle more than developed markets.
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Key Risks 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income generated from it can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you originally invested. The issue of units/shares in Liontrust Funds may be subject to an initial charge, which will have an impact on the realisable value of the investment, particularly in the short term. Investments should always be considered as long term.


Investment in the Fund involves foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The Fund may invest in emerging markets/soft currencies or in financial derivative instruments, both of which may have the effect of increasing volatility.



This is a marketing communication. Before making an investment, you should read the relevant Prospectus and the Key Investor Information Document (KIID), which provide full product details including investment charges and risks. These documents can be obtained, free of charge, from www.liontrust.co.uk or direct from Liontrust. Always research your own investments. If you are not a professional investor please consult a regulated financial adviser regarding the suitability of such an investment for you and your personal circumstances.


This should not be construed as advice for investment in any product or security mentioned, an offer to buy or sell units/shares of Funds mentioned, or a solicitation to purchase securities in any company or investment product. Examples of stocks are provided for general information only to demonstrate our investment philosophy. The investment being promoted is for units in a fund, not directly in the underlying assets. It contains information and analysis that is believed to be accurate at the time of publication, but is subject to change without notice. Whilst care has been taken in compiling the content of this document, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by Liontrust as to its accuracy or completeness, including for external sources (which may have been used) which have not been verified. It should not be copied, forwarded, reproduced, divulged or otherwise distributed in any form whether by way of fax, email, oral or otherwise, in whole or in part without the express and prior written consent of Liontrust.

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