By Todd Shriber via Iris.xyz

With just a few trading days left in 2018, investors have heard plenty about emerging markets equities and exchange traded funds (ETFs) this year and little of what they have heard has been positive.

As of Friday, Dec. 21st, the widely followed MSCI Emerging Markets Index is down 16.50 percent on a year-to-date basis, meaning the developing world benchmark is poised to snap a two-year winning streak and close lower on an annual basis for the fourth time in the past six years.

Some factor-based emerging markets strategies are performing less poorly than cap-weighted benchmarks this year. The JPMorgan Diversified Return Emerging Markets Equity ETF (JPEM) has been 450 basis points less bad than the MSCI Emerging Markets Index while being noticeably less volatile than that index.

COURTESY: ETFREPLAY

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