|As of March 31, 2016|
|Net Assets:||$25.12 Million|
|Minimum Initial Investment:||$250|
|Minimum Initial Investment:||$100,000|
Portfolio Manager since 2014
(Deputy Portfolio Manager 2012 — 2014)
Scott Klimo, Chief Investment Officer, joined Saturna Capital in May 2012. He received his BA in Asian Studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and also attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Mandarin Training Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Scott has over 20 years experience in the financial industry with the first several years of his career spent living and working in a variety of Asian countries and the past 10 years working as a senior analyst, research director and portfolio manager covering global equities. Mr. Klimo is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder and a private pilot. He is a supporter of various environmental organizations and served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Outside of work Mr. Klimo is an avid cyclist and scuba diver; pursuits he shares with his wife and two teenage children.
Deputy Portfolio Manager since 2014
(Portfolio Manager 2009 — 2014)
Nicholas Kaiser, Chairman, was born in Bellingham in 1946. Mr. Kaiser graduated from Yale College, with a degree in economics and obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1968, with dual majors in International Economics and Finance. Mr. Kaiser purchased control of Unified Management Corporation (Indianapolis) in 1976, and built it into a mid-sized investment management and brokerage firm. After selling Unified to a major insurance company, he returned to Bellingham and founded Saturna Capital in 1989.
Mr. Kaiser and his children control Saturna Capital through its voting stock. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he is Saturna's chief investment officer. He serves Saturna's mutual funds as trustee, president, and equity portfolio manager.
Mr. Kaiser's industry activities include service with the Investment Company Institute (past Governor), CFA Institute (past chapter president), Financial Planning Association (past chapter president), and No-Load Mutual Fund Association (past national president). He currently serves on the volunteer boards of St. Paul's Academy, Mt. Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Mt. Baker Foundation, and Shawnigan Lake School. He supports a range of non-profit activities, such as the Kaiser Professorship in International Business at Western Washington University. A commercial pilot (retired), ocean sailor, and avid skier, he reads and travels extensively.
Mr. Kaiser has been named to Morningstar's Ultimate Stockpicker's list three years running (2010, 2011, and 2012); he has twice been nominated for Morningstar's Domestic Stock Portfolio Manager of the Year (2006 & 2008) and twice been named to Barron's Top 100 Portfolio Managers (2001 & 2002). Mr. Kaiser was Northwest Business Monthly's Business Person of the Year in 2006, and received Whatcom Business Alliance's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
SCC: Director, Chairman
STC: Director, Chairman
SSB: Director, Chairman
Targeted to investors seeking value and diversification beyond developed markets
Global scope, with focus on 30 emerging markets
Diversified across countries of the developing world, currencies, and industries
Actively managed by the award-winning, values-based, global expertise of Saturna Capital
Long-term capital growth, consistent with Islamic principles.
Principal Investment Strategies
The Developing World Fund invests only in common stocks of companies with significant exposure (50% or more of production assets, or revenues) to countries with developing economies and/or markets. Investment decisions are made in accordance with Islamic principles. Generally, Islamic principles require that investors share in profit and loss, that they receive no usury or interest, and that they do not invest in a business that is prohibited by Islamic principles. Some of the businesses not permitted are liquor, wine, casinos, pornography, insurance, gambling, pork processing, and interest-based banks or finance associations.
The Developing World Fund does not make any investments that pay interest. In accordance with Islamic principles, the Funds shall not purchase conventional bonds, debentures, or other interest-paying obligations of indebtedness. Islamic principles discourage speculation, and the Funds tend to hold investments for several years.
The Developing World Fund diversifies its investments across the countries of the developing world, industries, and companies, and generally follows a large-cap value investment style.
In determining whether a country is part of the developing world, the adviser (Saturna Capital Corporation) will consider such factors as the country's per capita gross domestic product, the percentage of the country's economy that is industrialized, market capitalization as a percentage of gross domestic product, the overall regulatory environment, and limits on foreign ownership and restrictions on repatriation of initial capital or income.
By allowing investments in companies headquartered in more advanced economies yet having the majority of production assets or revenues in the developing world, the Developing World Fund seeks to reduce its foreign investing risk.
It is the policy of the Developing World Fund, under normal circumstances, to invest at least 80% of assets in common stocks of companies with significant exposure to countries with developing economies and/or markets.
The adviser maintains a list of countries it considers to have developing economies and/or markets. The list, which changes over time, currently includes: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates.
Principal Risks of Investing
Market risk: The value of Developing World Fund shares rises and falls as the value of the stocks in which the Fund invests goes up and down. Consider investing in the Fund only if you are willing to accept the risk that you may lose money. Fund share prices, yields, and total returns will change with the fluctuations in the securities and currency markets as well as the fortunes of the industries and companies in which the Fund invests.
Strategy risk: The Developing World Fund's restricted ability to invest in certain market sectors, such as financial companies and conventional fixed-income securities, limits investment opportunities and may adversely affect the Fund's performance. Because Islamic principles preclude the use of interest-paying instruments, cash reserves do not earn income.
Foreign investing risk: The Developing World Fund involves risks not typically associated with investing in US securities. Investments in the securities of foreign issuers may involve risks in addition to those normally associated with investments in the securities of US issuers. All foreign investments are subject to risks of: (1) foreign political and economic instability; (2) adverse movements in foreign exchange rates; (3) currency devaluation; (4) the imposition or tightening of exchange controls or other limitations on repatriation of foreign capital; (5) changes in foreign governmental attitudes towards private investment, including potential nationalization, increased taxation, or confiscation of assets, and (6) differing reporting, accounting, and auditing standards of foreign countries.
Emerging markets risk: The risks of foreign investing are generally magnified in the smaller and more volatile securities markets of the developing world.