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10 Best Emerging Markets Funds for 2012

NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) -- TheStreet Ratings reviews the risk-adjusted return performance of around 25,000 funds every month. The best rated emerging markets exchange-traded funds for 2012 are listed each month at TheStreet's Top-Rated ETFs page.

Only two exchange-traded emerging markets funds ranked in the "Buy" range. So, our listing of the top funds in this category takes an expanded look to include seven open-end stock funds, two open-end bond funds, and one traditional closed-end fund, all of which outperformed the exchange-traded funds in our rankings.

Here are the 10 best emerging markets funds for 2012:

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10. Wells Fargo Adv Emerg Mkts Eq A

Wells Fargo Adv Emerg Mkts Eq A (EMGAX) has an investment objective to provide shareholders with long term capital growth. The fund may invest at least 80% of its assets in equity securities of issuers located in emerging markets. Emerging markets countries include but are not limited to South Korea, Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa, Mexico, Taiwan, India, and Malaysia. The fund may invest in at least six different countries although it may invest all of its assets in a single country. The fund may invest in securities across all market capitalizations, seeking investments that offer potential growth opportunities attributable to factors such as political change, economic deregulation and liberalized trade policy.

Expense Ratio: 1.84%

Front Load: 5.75%

Back Load: 0.00%

Rated "A-" by TheStreet Ratings

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9. SEI Inst Intl Emerging Mkts Debt A

SEI Inst Intl Emerging Mkts Debt A (SITEX) seeks to maximize total return. The fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in fixed income securities of emerging markets issuers and invests primarily in U.S. dollar denominated debt securities of government related and corporate issuers in emerging market countries as well as entities organized to restructure the outstanding debt of such issuers.

Expense Ratio: 1.79%

Front Load: 0.00%

Back Load: 0.00%

Rated "A-" by TheStreet Ratings

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8. Fidelity New Markets Income

Fidelity New Markets Income (FNMIX) seeks high current income and capital appreciation. The fund normally invests at least 80 percent of assets in securities of issuers in emerging markets and other investments that are tied economically to emerging markets and invests potentially in other types of securities including equity securities of emerging market issuers, debt securities of non-emerging market foreign issuers and lower quality debt securities of U.S. issuers. The fund allocates investments across countries considering the size of the market in each country relative to the size of the markets in countries considered emerging markets as a whole.

Expense Ratio: 0.89%

Front Load: 0.00%

Back Load: 1.00%

Rated "A-" by TheStreet Ratings

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