Best- and worst-performing international equity funds

By category, ranked by one-year total returns

Jul 21, 2013 @ 12:01 am (Updated 2:37 pm) EST

Emerging Markets

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Harding Loevner Frontier Emerging Mkts Port Institutional (HLFMX)$134.424.1%6.3%-3.3%2.0%
Van Eck Emerging Markets Fund A (GBFAX)$169.420.5%8.5%1.3%1.7%
T. Rowe Price Institutional Afr & Middle East Fund (TRIAX)$175.320.1%7.3%-6.7%1.3%
T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund (TRAMX)$167.520.0%7.2%-7.4%1.5%
Columbia Acorn Emerging Markets Fund Z (CEFZX)$145.519.1%N/AN/A1.6%
Thornburg Developing World Fund I (THDIX)$728.118.2%12.3%N/A1.1%
GMO Emerging Domestic Opportunities Fund II (GEDTX)$2,294.615.9%N/AN/A1.2%
Driehaus Emerging Markets Growth Fund (DREGX)$1,229.215.2%9.2%2.6%1.7%
Templeton Emerging Markets Small Cap Fund A (TEMMX)$407.315.2%4.5%3.8%2.1%
Delaware Emerging Markets Fund Institutional (DEMIX)$2,346.014.3%4.8%0.5%1.5%

Bottom 5Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
RS Emerging Markets Fund A (GBEMX)$579.7-7.5%-1.3%-2.5%1.5%
Templeton BRIC Fund A (TABRX)$333.1-6.7%-5.7%-8.4%2.0%
Pioneer Emerging Markets Fund A (PEMFX)$263.2-4.7%-3.0%-7.3%2.0%
Lazard Developing Markets Equity Portfolio Institutional (LDMIX)$641.3-4.2%0.1%N/A1.2%
Dreyfus Emerging Markets Fund A (DRFMX)$860.0-2.5%-2.1%-1.8%1.8%
Classification total/average$258,095.74.8%3.4%-1.5%1.7%
MSCI EM (Emerging Markets) Total Return 0.9%2.7%-0.5% 

International Small-/Midcap Growth

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Franklin International Small Cap Growth Fund Adv (FKSCX)$1,290.935.4%14.6%8.9%1.2%
Oppenheimer International Small Company Fund A (OSMAX)$1,308.932.3%18.3%6.1%1.3%
JOHCM International Select Fund I (JOHIX)$415.127.9%15.7%N/A1.1%
Wasatch International Growth Fund Investor (WAIGX)$1,056.627.6%19.3%9.3%1.6%
Hartford International Small Company Fund A (HNSAX)$278.827.1%15.5%3.9%1.6%
Wasatch International Opportunities Fund Investor (WAIOX)$277.925.8%14.9%8.2%2.3%
Munder International Small-Cap Fund Y (MYSIX)$247.525.8%16.9%1.7%1.2%
Fidelity Advisor International Small Cap Fund A (FIASX)$872.525.6%13.7%2.9%1.6%
Touchstone International Small Cap Fund Y (TNSYX)$109.725.4%15.9%5.8%1.3%
Lord Abbett International Opportunities Fund A (LAIEX)$330.625.2%13.2%3.2%1.5%

Bottom 5Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Columbia Acorn International Z (ACINX)$7,516.918.4%12.3%4.0%1.0%
Federated International Small-Mid Company Fund A (ISCAX)$207.718.1%12.9%-1.1%1.8%
Transamerica International Small Cap I2$378.317.9%10.2%2.0%1.2%
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-U.S. Small-Cap Index Inv (VFSVX)$298.614.0%8.6%N/A0.5%
Columbia Acorn International Select Z (ACFFX)$373.212.9%12.4%1.5%1.3%
Classification total/average$30,847.821.7%13.7%3.0%1.6%
MSCI EAFE Small Cap Total Return 20.6%11.9%2.7% 

Japan

All available fundsPortfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
DFA Japanese Small Company Portfolio Institutional (DFJSX)$405.211.7%8.8%4.6%0.6%
Fidelity Japan Fund (FJPNX)$531.820.0%8.4%-1.0%1.1%
T Rowe Price Japan Fund (PRJPX)$264.124.3%12.0%0.3%1.1%
Matthews Japan Fund Investor (MJFOX)$254.227.1%14.7%4.2%1.2%
Fidelity Japan Smaller Companies Fund (FJSCX)$528.244.3%18.0%6.3%1.1%
Classification total/average$2,239.220.3%9.6%1.3%1.8%
MSCI Japan Total Return 19.7%7.5%-0.4% 

Assets and expense ratio as of May 31; returns as of June 28. Distinct classes and funds with $100 million portfolio minimum only. Excludes leveraged and inverse funds. Funds closed to new investors have been omitted for the top-10 grouping. Rankings are based on unrounded figures. Three-year and five-year returns are annualized. In case of multiple share classes, the oldest share class is listed. N/A=not available (fund has been in operation for less than the year indicated). *Net prospectus

Source: Lipper