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PGERX - Forward Emerging Markets Inv

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Forward Emerging Markets Inv (PGERX)
Expense Ratio: 1.91%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $51,794.86


The Forward Emerging Markets Inv fund (PGERX) is a Diversified Emerging Mkts fund started on 4/9/2003 and has $37.70 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Forward Emerging Markets Inv since 3/24/2011. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF (VWO)
Expense Ratio: 0.20%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $6,475.12


The Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF (VWO) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Diversified Emerging Mkts investment strategy and is an alternative to a Diversified Emerging Mkts mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Forward Emerging Markets Inv because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Diversified Emerging Mkts Funds Have Lower Fees Than Forward Emerging Markets Inv (PGERX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Aberdeen Emerging Markets Instl ABEMX 1.5% 6,300 1.03%
Acadian Emerging Markets Instl AEMGX 49.0% 888 1.29%
American Beacon Emerging Markets Fund Class Y ACEYX 101.0% 117 1.45%
American Beacon Emerging Mkts AMR AAMRX 101.0% 117 1.32%
American Beacon Emerging Mkts Inst AEMFX 101.0% 117 1.35%
American Beacon Emerging Mkts Inst AEMTZ 101.0% 117 1.35%
American Beacon Emerging Mkts Inv AAEPX 101.0% 117 1.79%
American Century Emerging Markets Ins AMKIX 71.0% 454 1.52%
American Century Emerging Markets Inv TWMIX 71.0% 454 1.72%
American Funds New World A NEWFX 25.0% 17,500 1.02%
American Funds New World B NEWBX 25.0% 17,500 1.80%
American Funds New World C NEWCX 25.0% 17,500 1.79%
American Funds New World F-1 NWFFX 25.0% 17,500 1.02%
American Funds New World F-2 NFFFX 25.0% 17,500 0.76%
American Funds New World R1 RNWAX 25.0% 17,500 1.82%
American Funds New World R2 RNWBX 25.0% 17,500 1.80%
American Funds New World R3 RNWCX 25.0% 17,500 1.35%
American Funds New World R4 RNWEX 25.0% 17,500 1.01%
American Funds New World R5 RNWFX 25.0% 17,500 0.71%
American Funds New World R6 RNWGX 25.0% 17,500 0.66%
Artisan Emerging Markets Adv ARTZX 30.9% 738 1.47%
Artisan Emerging Markets Inst APHEX 30.9% 738 1.19%
BlackRock Emerging Mkts Instl MADCX 138.0% 361 1.29%
BlackRock Emerging Mkts Inv A MDDCX 138.0% 361 1.60%
BlackRock Emerging Mkts Inv A MDDSZ 138.0% 361 1.60%
BNY Mellon Emerging Markets Inv MIEGX 77.5% 2,100 1.67%
BNY Mellon Emerging Markets M MEMKX 77.5% 2,100 1.41%
Brandes Institutional Emerging Markets Fund Class I BEMIX 94.7% 164 1.12%
Brandes Institutional Emerging Markets Fund Class S BEMSX 94.7% 164 1.37%
Calamos Evolving World Growth A CNWGX 67.4% 315 1.58%
Calamos Evolving World Growth I CNWIX 67.4% 315 1.34%
Causeway Emerging Markets Instl CEMIX 95.0% 124 1.36%
Causeway Emerging Markets Investor CEMVX 95.0% 124 1.56%
Columbia Emerging Markets A EEMAX 117.0% 442 1.90%
Columbia Emerging Markets Opp A IDEAX 100.0% 375 1.79%
Columbia Emerging Markets Opp R5 REMFX 100.0% 375 1.35%
Columbia Emerging Markets Opportunity Fund Class R4 CEORX 100.0% 375 1.60%
Columbia Emerging Markets Z UMEMX 117.0% 442 1.65%
Delaware Emerging Markets A DEMAX 19.0% 1,900 1.78%
Delaware Emerging Markets Instl DEMIX 19.0% 1,900 1.53%
DFA Emerging Markets Core Equity I DFCEX 1.0% 7,100 0.67%
DFA Emerging Markets I DFEMX 16.0% 2,400 0.61%
DFA Emerging Markets Small Cap I DEMSX 18.0% 2,300 0.79%
DFA Emerging Markets Social Core Equity DFESX 28.0% 328 0.70%
DFA Emerging Markets Value I DFEVX 5.0% 14,200 0.61%
DFA Emerging Markets Value R2 DFEPX 5.0% 14,200 0.86%
Dreyfus Emerging Markets Fund Class A DRFMX 68.2% 991 1.78%
Dreyfus Emerging Markets I DRPEX 68.2% 991 1.57%
Driehaus Emerging Markets Growth DREGX 342.0% 796 1.68%
DWS Emerging Markets Equity A SEKAX 179.0% 162 1.78%
DWS Emerging Markets Equity Fund Class S SEM1Z 179.0% 162 1.55%
DWS Emerging Markets Equity Fund Class S SEMGX 179.0% 162 1.55%
Eaton Vance Parametric Tx-Mgd Em Mkts I EITEX 4.0% 2,500 0.95%
Fidelity Advisor EMEA A FMEAX 53.0% 131 1.60%
Fidelity Advisor EMEA I FIEMX 53.0% 131 1.26%
Fidelity Advisor EMEA T FEMTX 53.0% 131 1.87%
Fidelity Advisor Emerging Markets I FIMKX 122.0% 455 1.21%
Fidelity Advisor Emerging Markets T FTMKX 122.0% 455 1.79%
Fidelity EMEA FEMEX 53.0% 131 1.35%
Fidelity Emerging Markets FEMKX 122.0% 2,800 1.07%
Goldman Sachs BRIC A GBRAX 91.0% 403 1.78%
Goldman Sachs BRIC Inst GBRIX 91.0% 403 1.38%
Goldman Sachs Emerging Mkts Equity A GEMAX 121.0% 364 1.82%
Goldman Sachs Emerging Mkts Equity I GEMIX 121.0% 364 1.42%
Goldman Sachs N-11 Equity Fund Class A GSYAX 73.0% 104 1.80%
Goldman Sachs N-11 Equity Fund Institutional Class GSYIX 73.0% 104 1.40%
Goldman Sachs Struct Emerg Mkt Eq A GERAX 200.0% 272 1.45%
Goldman Sachs Struct Emerg Mkt Eq Intl GERIX 200.0% 272 1.05%
Harding Loevner Emerging Markets Advisor HLEMX 33.0% 1,500 1.49%
Harding Loevner Instl Emerging Markets HLMEX 53.0% 349 1.30%
John Hancock II Emerging Markets Fund Class A JEVAX 11.0% 2,000 1.64%
John Hancock II Emerging Markets Fund Class I JEVIX 11.0% 2,000 1.28%
JPMorgan Emerging Mkts Eq A JFAMX 9.0% 2,100 1.81%
JPMorgan Emerging Mkts Eq Instl JMIEX 9.0% 2,100 1.42%
JPMorgan Emerging Mkts Eq Sel JEMSX 9.0% 2,100 1.57%
Laudus Mondrian Emerging Markets Instl LEMNX 43.0% 144 1.45%
Laudus Mondrian Emerging Markets Inv LEMIX 43.0% 144 1.80%
Laudus Mondrian Emerging Markets Select LEMSX 43.0% 144 1.52%
Laudus Mondrian Instl Emerging Mkts LIEMX 27.0% 178 1.27%
Lazard Developing Markets Equity Instl LDMIX 68.0% 321 1.30%
Lazard Developing Markets Equity Open LDMOX 68.0% 321 1.60%
Lazard Emerging Markets Equity Blend Institutional Class EMBIX 62.0% 144 1.35%
Lazard Emerging Markets Equity Blend Open Class EMBOX 62.0% 144 1.65%
Lazard Emerging Markets Equity Instl LZEMX 23.0% 13,900 1.12%
Lazard Emerging Markets Equity Open LZOEX 23.0% 13,900 1.42%
Legg Mason Batterymarch Emerging Mkts I LGEMX 99.0% 552 1.25%
MFS Emerging Markets Equity A MEMSZ 36.0% 624 1.76%
MFS Emerging Markets Equity R3 MEMGX 36.0% 624 1.76%
MFS Emerging Markets Equity R4 MEMHX 36.0% 624 1.51%
Morgan Stanley Inst Emerging Mkts I MGEMX 60.0% 1,200 1.25%
Morgan Stanley Inst Emerging Mkts P MMKBX 60.0% 1,200 1.50%
Neuberger Berman Emerging Markets Equity Fund Class A NEMAX 71.0% 157 1.50%
Neuberger Berman Emerging Markets Equity Fund Institutional Class NEMIX 71.0% 157 1.25%
Northern Emerging Markets Equity Index NOEMX 33.2% 1,500 0.30%
Northern Multi-Manager Emerging Mkt Eq NMMEX 46.6% 1,700 1.36%
Oppenheimer Developing Markets A ODM1Z 34.0% 22,900 1.30%
Oppenheimer Developing Markets A ODMAX 34.0% 22,900 1.30%
Oppenheimer Developing Markets N ODVNX 34.0% 22,900 1.70%
Oppenheimer Developing Markets Y ODVYX 34.0% 22,900 1.00%
PACE International Em Mkts Eq A PWESZ 111.0% 241 1.84%
PACE International Em Mkts Eq Y PWEYX 111.0% 241 1.61%
Pear Tree PanAgora Dyn Emerg Mkts Instl QEMAX 56.0% 144 1.51%
Pear Tree PanAgora Dyn Emerg Mkts Ord QFFOX 56.0% 144 1.77%
PIMCO EM Fdmtl IndexPLUS TR ST Instl PEFIX 774.0% 4,600 1.25%
PIMCO EqS Emerging Markets Fund Administrative Class PEQTX 41.0% 502 1.54%
PIMCO EqS Emerging Markets Fund Class D PEQDX 41.0% 502 1.64%
PIMCO EqS Emerging Markets Fund Institutional Class PEQWX 41.0% 502 1.29%
Pioneer Emerging Markets Y PYEFX 191.0% 314 1.40%
Principal Intl Emerging Markets A PRISZ 88.4% 1,400 1.77%
Principal Intl Emerging Markets Inst PIEIX 88.4% 1,400 1.27%
Principal Intl Emerging Markets R4 PESSX 88.4% 1,400 1.63%
Principal Intl Emerging Markets R5 PEPSX 88.4% 1,400 1.51%
RS Emerging Markets A GBEMX 44.0% 1,600 1.49%
RS Emerging Markets Fund Class Y RSENX 44.0% 1,600 1.32%
RS Emerging Markets K REMKX 44.0% 1,600 1.87%
Russell Emerging Markets A REMAX 73.0% 1,700 1.79%
Russell Emerging Markets E REMEX 73.0% 1,700 1.79%
Russell Emerging Markets S REMSX 73.0% 1,700 1.54%
Russell Emerging Markets S REMSZ 73.0% 1,700 1.54%
Schroder Emerging Market Equity Adv SEMVX 69.0% 461 1.50%
Schroder Emerging Market Equity Inv SEMNX 69.0% 461 1.25%
Schwab Fundamental Emerg Mkts Idx SFENX 56.0% 293 0.60%
SSgA Emerging Markets Instl SSEMX 50.0% 1,800 1.25%
T. Rowe Price Africa & Middle East TRAMX 65.9% 144 1.50%
T. Rowe Price Emerging Markets Stock PRMSX 18.6% 6,200 1.26%
T. Rowe Price Inst Africa & Middle East TRIAX 97.0% 135 1.25%
T. Rowe Price Instl Emerging Mkts Eq IEMFX 24.3% 821 1.10%
Templeton BRIC Advisor TZBRX 18.5% 444 1.67%
Templeton Developing Markets A TDM1Z 17.0% 2,200 1.71%
Templeton Developing Markets A TEDMX 17.0% 2,200 1.71%
Templeton Developing Markets Adv TDADX 17.0% 2,200 1.42%
Templeton Emerging Markets Small Cap Adv TEMZX 6.5% 290 1.82%
Templeton Frontier Markets Adv FFRZX 23.7% 385 1.87%
Templeton Instl Emerging Markets Ser Adv TEEMX 9.5% 245 1.25%
Touchstone Emerging Markets Equity Class A TEMAX 18.0% 454 1.70%
Touchstone Emerging Markets Equity Class Y TEMYX 18.0% 454 1.45%
Touchstone Emerging Markets Equity Institutional Class TMEIX 18.0% 454 1.30%
Vanguard Emerging Mkts Stock Idx VEIEX 10.0% 59,800 0.33%
Vanguard Emerging Mkts Stock Idx Inst VEMIX 10.0% 59,800 0.13%
Vanguard Emerging Mkts Stock Idx Signal VERSX 10.0% 59,800 0.20%
Virtus Emerging Markets Opportunities A HEM5Z 29.0% 3,900 1.62%
Virtus Emerging Markets Opportunities A HEMZX 29.0% 3,900 1.62%
Virtus Emerging Markets Opportunities I HIEMX 29.0% 3,900 1.42%
Wells Fargo Advantage Emerg Mkts Eq A EMGAX 5.0% 2,600 1.70%
Wells Fargo Advantage Emerg Mkts Eq Adm EMGYX 5.0% 2,600 1.54%
Wells Fargo Advantage Emerging Markets Equity Fund Institutional Class EMGNX 5.0% 2,600 1.27%
William Blair Emerging Mkts Growth I WBEIX 104.0% 977 1.38%
William Blair Emerging Mkts Growth N WBENX 104.0% 977 1.68%



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