Emerging Markets Small Cap Strategy

Emerging Markets Small Cap Strategy

Emerging Markets Small Cap Strategy


The Emerging Markets Small Cap Strategy seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of small-capitalization companies operating in emerging markets. To help achieve its objective, the Strategy combines top-down country allocation with bottom-up stock selection.

Investment Approach

We focus on high-quality small cap investments across emerging and frontier markets, and seek the most compelling opportunities by building an actively managed, focused portfolio of companies positioned to benefit from these growth themes. To help achieve our objective, we combine top-down country allocation with bottom-up stock selection.

Country allocation

The Strategy seeks to overweight countries whose growth, in the team’s opinion, will beat expectations, while underweighting problem countries.

Growth bias

The investment team thinks that future economic growth matters most for stock returns and looks to invest in quality companies with sustainable growth models.

Universe differentiation

The portfolio is concentrated in a range of 65 to 80 issuers and frontier countries are limited to 20% of total holdings.

Investment Process
Integrate top-down country allocation and bottom-up stock selection
Assess global economic conditions and apply cross-sectional analysis to determine portfolio allocations
Analyze dynamics, valuation and sentiment at both country and company levels
Identify quality management, return on equity and solid free cash flow generation
Portfolio Managers  
Steven Quattry
Executive Director
17 years industry experience
Jorge Chirino
Vice President
15 years industry experience

Effective April 23, 2021, Jorge Chirino was added as a Portfolio Manager on the Strategy. Effective May 31, 2021, Omair Ansari will no longer serves as a Portfolio Manager on the Strategy.



There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the portfolio will decline. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this strategy. Please be aware that this strategy may be subject to certain additional risks. In general, equities securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, market and liquidity risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than the risks generally associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and may have a potentially large negative impact on the portfolio’s performance. Illiquid securitiesmay be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk).


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There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be appropriate for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

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The MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap Net Index includes small cap representation across 23 Emerging Markets countries. With 1,864 constituents, the index covers approximately 14% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country. The small cap segment tends to capture more local economic and sector characteristics relative to larger Emerging Markets capitalization segments.

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The information presented represents how the portfolio management team generally implements its investment process under normal market conditions.

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