Best- and worst-performing international equity funds

By category, ranked by one-year total returns

Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:01 am (Updated 3:46 pm) EST

EMERGING MARKETS
Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Morgan Stanley Frontier Emerging Markets I (MFMIX)$223.833.9%7.2%13.1%1.9%
T. Rowe Price Institutional Africa & Middle East Fund (TRIAX)$192.424.7%7.3%12.3%1.3%
T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East Fund (TRAMX)$181.524.6%7.1%11.5%1.5%
Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small Countries Inv (WAFMX)$858.521.5%N/AN/A2.3%
William Blair Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth I (BESIX)$153.718.7%N/AN/A1.4%
Thornburg Developing World Fund I (THDIX)$1,698.417.9%6.7%N/A1.1%
Delaware Emerging Markets Fund Institutional (DEMIX)$2,658.417.8%2.6%18.6%1.5%
Harding Loevner Frontier Emerging Mkts Port Inst (HLFMX)$300.917.7%3.2%15.0%2.0%
Van Eck Emerging Markets Fund A (GBFAX)$196.813.5%2.5%26.1%1.7%
Driehaus Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth Fund (DRESX)$185.113.3%7.2%20.9%2.0%
Bottom 5
Touchstone Emerging Markets Equity Fund Institutional (TMEIX)$371.3-8.9%-2.8%N/A1.3%
Laudus Mondrian Emerging Markets Fund Institutional (LEMNX)$147.3-5.2%-0.3%13.9%1.5%
Virtus Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund I (HIEMX)$8,081.9-5.0%4.1%17.1%1.4%
Laudus Mondrian Institutional Emerging Markets Institutional (LIEMX)$354.7-4.9%-0.2%13.9%1.3%
Legg Mason Batterymarch Emerging Markets Trust C (LMEMX)$199.8-4.0%-5.9%11.8%2.3%
Classification total/average$264,602.93.3%-0.8%16.0%1.6%
MSCI EM (Emerging Markets) Total Return USD Index1.7%-0.4%16.6%

INTERNATIONAL SMALL-/MIDCAP GROWTH
Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Oberweis International Opportunities Fund (OBIOX)$125.151.4%20.5%30.7%1.6%
Oppenheimer International Small Company Fund A (OSMAX)$1,883.145.0%13.1%36.6%1.3%
Fidelity Advisor International Small Cap Fund I (FIXIX)$129.436.4%11.3%21.1%1.3%
Hartford International Small Company Fund A (HNSAX)$324.032.8%12.4%19.9%1.6%
AllianzGI International Small-Cap Fund P (ALOPX)$111.330.6%9.9%20.7%1.3%
Lord Abbett International Opportunities Fund A (LAIEX)$424.930.6%10.3%20.7%1.5%
Munder International Small-Cap Fund Y (MYSIX)$318.130.3%13.4%21.4%1.0%
Vanguard International Explorer Fund Investor (VINEX)$2,326.529.3%7.5%18.9%0.4%
American Century International Opps Fund Inv (AIOIX)$148.028.9%11.7%20.4%1.7%
Transamerica International Small Cap I2$451.128.7%8.0%19.2%1.2%
Bottom 5
Invesco International Small Company Fund A (IEGAX)$564.08.7%7.6%21.7%1.5%
Columbia Acorn International Select Z (ACFFX)$366.212.3%8.4%16.7%1.3%
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-U.S. Small-Cap Index Inv (VFSVX)$2,015.318.1%4.6%N/A0.5%
MFS International New Discovery Fund A (MIDAX)$4,836.618.6%10.4%20.1%1.4%
Westcore International Small-Cap Fund Retail (WTIFX)$460.220.1%12.9%26.3%1.5%
Classification total/average$36,369.925.9%9.9%20.7%1.6%
MSCI EAFE Small Cap Total Return USD Index 29.4%10.2%19.7%

JAPANESE
All funds Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Fidelity Japan Smaller Companies Fund (FJSCX)$648.952.7%17.8%16.9%1.1%
Matthews Japan Fund Investor (MJFOX)$359.334.4%11.8%13.6%1.2%
T Rowe Price Japan Fund (PRJPX)$320.932.0%10.5%9.9%1.1%
Nomura Japan Fund S (SJPNX)$182.429.9%7.7%10.0%1.7%
Fidelity Japan Fund (FJPNX)$544.927.9%5.6%10.9%1.1%
DFA Japanese Small Company Portfolio Institutional (DFJSX)$410.923.9%9.5%10.4%0.6%
Classification total/average$2,562.128.8%8.0%11.6%1.8%
MSCI Japan Total Return USD30.2%6.6%9.0%

Assets and expense ratio as of Nov. 13; returns as of Dec. 9. 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