This fund proposes a safer way to play the Asia-Pacific region by investing in companies that pay consistent and growing dividends. More than 20 percent of the fund’s portfolio is currently dedicated to Japan. The fund’s 26 percent slide in 2008 bested virtually all of its peers, which suffered an average loss of 43 percent. Over the past one and three years, Matthews Asia Dividend—U.S. News’s
top-ranked fund among diversified funds that invest in Asia and the Pacific—ranks in the top 1 percent its category. The fund yields 3.32 percent.
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