A Distinctive View of Emerging Markets Investing

Thornburg Developing World Fund concentrates on managing the special risks associated with the emerging markets asset class and on providing strong risk-adjusted returns—by focusing on self-funding companies that generate strong free cash flow and are not dependent on capital markets in times of stress.

Working Photo"Because of the more volatile nature of the asset class, we pay particular attention to the economies in which we invest. We look for countries with positive current accounts and foreign direct investment numbers—those less reliant on volatile stock and bond flows."

– Charlie Wilson, PhD

Overall Approach

A Unique Collaborative Approach to Research
The portfolio is concentrated, with around 40–60 names, and is constructed with collaboration and input from managers and analysts across the entire Thornburg investment team.

Growing Businesses Tied to the Emerging Markets Consumer Class
We want to own a portfolio of promising, growing businesses that are tied to the growth of the emerging markets consumer class.

Companies That Can Fund Their Own Growth
We are interested in firms that don’t have to turn to external sources and are less likely to suffer permanent loss and impair investors’ capital during times of market crisis.

In short, we also look for financially sound, free cash flow generative countries with limited external dependence.

Managing Volatility in a Way That Matters
Launched during the financial crisis when many emerging markets stocks were down 40% to 60%, the strategy attempts to create a mechanism to participate in the long-term development of the emerging markets and manage volatility in a way that matters.

What Makes The Fund Different?

We have a bias towards higher-quality companies with a more conservative capital structure and don’t believe in going far out on the risk curve to capture the higher returns associated with the emerging markets asset class.

Portfolio Construction

A Focused Opportunity Set
We tend to avoid countries and economies with high external dependence, in part to limit the portfolio’s vulnerability to currency devaluations. This cautious approach to investing in countries where we may have some concern is, we believe, more effective than currency hedging.

Three-Basket Style Diversification
We diversify with three baskets:

  • Basic value companies are companies that are financially sound with well-established businesses selling at low valuations relative to net assets or potential earnings power.
  • Consistent earners are companies that normally exhibit steady earnings growth, cash flow characteristics, and/or dividend growth. These companies may have above-average profitability measures and normally sell at above-average valuations.
  • Emerging franchises are companies that are in the process of establishing a leading position in a product, service, or market with the potential to grow at an above-average rate.

Diversification by Style, Currency, and Market Cap

  • By style, using Thornburg’s basket construct
  • By currency, with sensitivity to stability versus volatility
  • By market cap, with significant portions devoted to small-, mid-, and large-cap stocks
Important Information
Before investing, carefully consider the Fund’s investment goals, risks, charges, and expenses. For a prospectus or summary prospectus containing this and other information, contact your financial advisor or visit thornburg.com. Read them carefully before investing.

Investments carry risks, including possible loss of principal. Additional risks may be associated with investments outside the United States, especially in emerging markets, including currency fluctuations, illiquidity, volatility, and political and economic risks. Investments in small- and mid-capitalization companies may increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Investments in the Fund are not FDIC insured, nor are they bank deposits or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity.

The performance of any index is not indicative of the performance of any particular investment. Unless otherwise noted, index returns reflect the reinvestment of income dividends and capital gains, if any, but do not reflect fees, brokerage commissions or other expenses of investing. Investors may not make direct investments into any index.

Diversification does not assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses.

Class R shares are limited to retirement platforms only.

Class I shares may not be available to all investors. Minimum investments for the I share class may be higher than those for other classes.

There is no guarantee that the Fund will meet its investment objectives.

Please see our glossary for a definition of terms.

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