Global equities declined in the month of August, reacting, in part, to China’s surprising yuan devaluation and evidence of slower economic growth in China. Every developed equity market in the MSCI World Index (“Index”) delivered negative returns this month, and emerging markets underperformed developed markets. The top performing markets in our investable universe included Ireland, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand, and South Korea. The worst performing markets included Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore, Australia, and the Netherlands. The best performing sectors in the Index in August were telecommunication services, utilities, energy, information technology, and industrials. The worst performing sectors were financials, materials, health care, consumer discretionary, and consumer staples.
The Fund outperformed the Index this month. Fund holdings in the consumer durables & apparel, transportation, pharmaceuticals & biotechnology, energy, and diversified financials industry groups contributed to relative performance. Holdings in the software & services, technology hardware & equipment, and insurance industry groups, along with an underweight position in the retailing and capital goods industry groups, offset a portion of the relative outperformance. The top individual contributor to return was design-to-distribution business process services technology company, SYNNEX Corp. (NYSE:SNX)(United States). Additional top contributors included apparel designer & manufacturer, PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH)(United States), toy manufacturer, Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT)(United States), oil field equipment manufacturer, National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV)(United States), and airline holding company, United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL)(United States). The largest individual detractor from performance was global financial services giant, Citigroup, Inc.(United States). Additional top detractors included electrical & electronic equipment manufacturer, Hitachi Ltd. (Japan), digital wireless communications equipment manufacturer, QUALCOMM, Inc. (United States), banking & financial services company, Barclays Plc (United Kingdom), and insurance company, Aviva Plc (United Kingdom).
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