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Mutual Fund Commentary

China has always been the growth leader among Asian economies. Since the start of 2013, economic indicators have shown that the growth in the world’s second largest economy has slowed down. But other reports show that the tide may turn sooner rather than later. In any case, China has always maintained an upward momentum. Investing in China is a good bet, especially given that it has performed much better in comparison with other Asian economies.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated China funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect the fund to outperform its peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all China funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Columbia Greater China A (NGCAX - MF report) invests heavily in equity securities of companies whose principal operations occur in the Greater China Region. This area includes Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Investments are made in companies regardless of market cap and those companies which are undervalued. The China mutual fund returned 5.75% over the last one year period.

The China mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,000 and an expense ratio of 1.53% compared to a category average of 1.79%.

Dreyfus Greater China A (DPCAX - MF report) seeks capital growth on a long term basis. It invests in companies traded on the Hong Kong and Chinese exchanges. It also purchases securities of companies who derive at least half of their revenues from operations in China. The China mutual fund has a one year annualized return of 16.80%.

The fund manager is Hugh Simon and he has managed this China mutual fund since 1998.

Fidelity China Region (FHKCX - MF report) invests heavily in equity securities of companies whose principal operations occur in the Greater China Region. This area includes Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. The China mutual fund returned 19.31% over the last one year period.

The fund manager is Bobby Bao and he has managed this China mutual fund since 2011.

EP China A (EPHCX - MF report) seeks capital growth on a long-term basis. A majority of its assets are invested in publicly traded companies which are non-U.S. dollar denominated and are related to China’s economy. The fund may also focus on dividend yielding stocks. The China mutual fund returned 15.87% over the last one year period.

As of May 2013, this China mutual fund held 45 issues, with 6.05% of its total assets invested in Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holding Ltd.

JHancock Greater China Opportunity A (JCOAX - MF report) invests a majority of its assets to purchase securities of companies from China, including Hong Kong. The fund may invest a minimum of 5% of its assets in individual companies. A maximum of 20% of its assets may be invested in companies which are located outside China. The China mutual fund returned 17.20% over the last one year period.

The China mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.80% compared to a category average of 1.79%.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all China funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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