Why it Pays to Go Active When Investing in Russia

Morningstar analyst Monika Dutt takes a look at the performance of active and passive funds investing in Russia equities

Monika Dutt 21 February, 2018 | 11:23AM

Russian stocks have become compelling for many investors, owing to their low valuations. The forward price-to-earnings ratio of the MSCI Russia Index is currently around 6x compared to 13x for the broad MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

Valuations have been depressed for a host of reasons, ranging from weaker commodity prices, Western sanctions resulting from the annexation of Crimea, ageing demographics, and poor corporate governance standards among state-owned enterprises. Despite these risks, contrarians argue that Russian equities now offer a compelling value proposition that is hard to ignore.

Russia Funds Covered by Analysts

At the end of 2017, there were 64 funds available for sale in Europe in the Morningstar Russia Equity category, with consolidated assets under management of approximately €9.5 billion. Around €8 billion were invested in 53 active funds, with the remainder in 11 passive offerings.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
HSBC GIF Russia Equity AC8.44 USD-0.54
JPM Russia A (acc) USD15.44 USD-0.21
Neptune Russia & Greater Russ A Acc GBP4.78 GBP0.05
Parvest Equity Russia P C178.89 EUR-1.18
Russian Prosperity Fund A364.39 USD2.37

About Author

Monika Dutt  is a Passive Strategies Research Analyst for Morningstar Europe

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