Pear Tree PanAgora Emerging Markets Fund
The Fund is subadvised by PanAgora Asset Management, Inc., a Boston-based firm that manages assets for pension plans, endowments, foundations, unions and financial service providers around the globe. The firm also manages partnerships in Europe and Asia. PanAgora was founded in 1989.
The fund allocates its assets between two proprietary risk-parity sub-strategies: an alternative beta risk-parity sub-strategy and a “smart beta” risk-parity sub-strategy. Risk-parity strategies generally are intended to avoid unintended risk concentrations by balancing risks across specifically identified factors, rather than rely on individual security market weights reflected in a benchmark index. The alternative beta risk-parity sub-strategy attempts to balance risks from exposures to various countries, sectors, and issuers. The “smart beta” risk-parity sub-strategy attempts to balance risks by targeting factors, such as measures of a security’s quality, value, and market momentum. The Emerging Markets Fund currently invests in Pear Tree PanAgora Risk Parity Emerging Markets Fund to achieve its alternative beta risk-parity exposure. Pear Tree Advisors, Inc., the Fund’s investment manager, rather than the Fund’s sub-adviser, determines how much of the Fund’s assets are allocated between the two strategies. At any one time, Emerging Markets Fund may allocate any or all of its assets to a specific strategy.
Under normal market conditions, Emerging Markets Fund invests at least 80 percent of its net assets (plus borrowings for investment purposes) in equity securities, including depository receipts, warrants and rights, of emerging markets issuers, that is, an issuer having a country classification assigned by MSCI, Inc. from a country included in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (“MSCI EM”). Emerging Markets Fund generally invests in at least eight countries and three or more broad geographic regions, such as Latin America, Asia or Europe. Emerging Markets Fund may invest more than 25 percent of its assets in a particular region. Emerging Markets Fund may invest in companies of any capitalization.
- Foreign and Emerging Market Risk. Foreign markets, particularly emerging markets, can be more volatile than the U.S. market due to increased risks of adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, or economic developments and can perform differently from the U.S. market. Emerging markets can be subject to greater social, economic, regulatory, and political uncertainties and can be extremely volatile.