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Emerging Markets

​Most people agree that there is opportunity in emerging markets, but few investors have meaningful allocations there. Why? Volatility is scary and emerging markets are notorious for volatility. Cutler sought to change this by applying our time tested process which focuses on dividend longevity as a way to access the growth potential while aiming to smooth the ups and downs. A simple idea with profound implications for the institutions we work with.

Our Process

While Cutler's domestic equity investment process uses a 10-year dividend history, for Emerging Markets we look to a 15-year track record of dividend payments. If a company misses consecutive annual payments, they are removed from our investable universe. In addition to fundamental analysis, we apply macro-economic screens. We look for geo-political and currency risk as criteria for country weightings. ETFs and ADRs are occasionally included for liquidity, but the portfolio consists predominantly of local securities in foreign markets.

Key Facts

Benchmark S&P Emerging BMI Index
# of Positions 70
Mgmt. Team Avg. Experience 15 Years
Strategy Inception 07/01/2015

As of 2019-03-31

Percentage in Top 10 Holdings

As of 2019-06-30

Top Country Holdings

China 25.1
India 12.0
Taiwan 10.4
South Korea 9.2
Brazil 7.8

As of 2019-03-31

Source of Information: Cutler Investment Counsel, LLC.  The holdings’ percentages reflected above are based on the Cutler Emerging Markets Equity strategy composite and as such, individual account holdings and percentages will vary.   Also, the percentages are inclusive of cash and cash equivalents.  A complete list of portfolio holdings and specific securities transactions for the preceding 12 months is available upon request. 
The strategies are actively managed.  Holdings and weightings are subject to change at any time without notice. This data is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation or solicitation to purchase any type of securities or considered investment advice. This information provided should not be used as the sole basis to make any investment decision. The data have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of this information cannot be guaranteed. 
Risks for the equity strategy include, but are not limited to liquidity risk (inability to trade a security in stressed market conditions), company‐ specific underperformance or event‐driven risks, and the risk that equities as an asset class have volatility and may decrease in value. The equity strategy also holds from time to time, small‐ capitalization and mid‐capitalization stocks, which have greater liquidity risk and more volatility in general than large‐capitalization stocks.
Emerging Markets are extremely volatile and therefore have a greater deal of risk including currency, foreign market risk, company specific risk, and geo‐political risk. In addition to the risks as described above, there are risks specific to exchange traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds utilized in Cutler’s strategies, which vary depending on the types of ETF or mutual fund, but generally include: market volatility risk, business financial risk, liquidity risk, foreign investment risk, currency risk, exchange rate risk, reinvestment risk, derivatives risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, default risk. All applicable risks are outlined in the Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information for each respective ETF and mutual fund. 
The above is not a list of all risks and Cutler does not provide any guarantee that our advisory services or methods of analysis will provide positive results or insulate clients from losses.  All investments involve risk, including possible loss of principal amount invested, which investors should be prepared to bear.  As outlined above, different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment or strategy will be profitable or suitable for a particular investor's financial situation or risk tolerance. Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses.
Cutler Investment Counsel, LLC or one or more of its officers, may have a position in the securities discussed herein and may purchase or sell such securities from time to time.
For comparison purposes, the composite is measured against the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.  The Index is composed of large and mid-capitalization emerging market equities.  You cannot invest directly in an index.

Your Team

We take great pride in the experience, education, and background of our team. We continue to build upon this great foundation, growing our team’s expertise and investment experience. Our strength is our diversity of thought and our ability to form consensus using these different points of view.

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