10 important things you should know about Virtus AOTAX mutual fund
Updated: September 09, 2021
Bull case
3-year return above the benchmark
5-year return above the benchmark
10-year return above the benchmark
15-year return above the benchmark
Bear case
Low net assets
High expense ratio
Sales load and/or distribution fees

Before we start: if you’re looking for AOTAX “stock” price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "AOTAX quote". If you’re looking for a quick scoop on AOTAX "stock" (price chart, key stats, buy or sell analysis and holdings), go to Finny and look for "AOTAX". You’ll get all this info in one place.

Are you looking to buy or sell AOTAX? Or perhaps you’re looking for AOTAX fact sheet, and learn about its alternatives? If so, you came to the right place.

In this AOTAX mutual fund review, we’ll address key questions our readers have been asking us about this fund, above and beyond what you can find in its prospectus, and on Morningstar or Yahoo Finance.

Here is what you’ll be able to find in this review:

  • Fact Sheet: AOTAX performance, returns, expense ratio, holdings and dividend yield;
  • Analysis: AOTAX buy or sell; the pros and cons of investing in AOTAX mutual fund;
  • Alternatives: other ETFs and mutual funds you should consider as alternatives to AOTAX.

And here is the list of questions we’ll answer:

  1. Describe Allianz Funds: AllianzGI Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund; Class A Shares (AOTAX).
  2. What are AOTAX holdings?
  3. What is AOTAX performance? What are AOTAX historical returns?
  4. What is AOTAX dividend yield?
  5. What is AOTAX minimum initial investment amount?
  6. Does AOTAX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?
  7. What is AOTAX Finny Score? AOTAX buy or sell?
  8. What are the pros of investing in AOTAX? What are AOTAX buy reasons?
  9. What are the cons of investing in AOTAX? What are AOTAX sell reasons?

So let’s start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Allianz Funds: AllianzGI Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund; Class A Shares (AOTAX).

The Fund seeks maximum long-term capital appreciation by investing in emerging market securities. Under normal market conditions, The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets in the securities of companies that are tied economically to countries with emerging securities.

2. What are AOTAX top holdings?

AOTAX has 72 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 43.77% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd 2330.TW 10.20%
Tencent Holdings Ltd 00700 7.83%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR BABA 5.56%
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS 4.06%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Ordinary Shares 09988 3.14%
Meituan 03690 3.03%
NetEase Inc ADR NTES 2.65%
United Microelectronics Corp 2303.TW 2.51%
Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL CPF-F 2.42%
Anhui Conch Cement Co Ltd Class H 00914 2.37%

3. What is AOTAX performance? What are AOTAX historical returns?

AOTAX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is 2.36%;
  • 3-month return is -2.31%;
  • 1-year return is -2.31%;
  • 3-year return is 11.57%;
  • 5-year return is 11.18%;
  • 10-year return is 5.37%;
  • 15-year return is 5.72%.

4. What is AOTAX dividend yield?

AOTAX yield is 0.85%.

5. What is AOTAX minimum initial investment amount?

AOTAX minimum initial investment amount is $1.00K.

6. Does AOTAX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?

AOTAX 12b-1 distribution fee is 0.25. AOTAX front-end sales load is 5.5. AOTAX back-end sales load is 0.

Analysis

7. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 57. Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy and 3 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 57.

8. What are the pros of investing in AOTAX? What are AOTAX buy reasons?

The following are AOTAX strengths from our perspective:

  • AOTAX 3-year return is 11.57%, which is higher than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI EM NR USD), 10.38%.
  • AOTAX 5-year return is 11.18%, which is higher than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI EM NR USD), 10.37%.
  • AOTAX 10-year return is 5.37%, which is higher than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI EM NR USD), 5.02%.
  • AOTAX 15-year return is 5.72%, which is in line with the 15-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI EM NR USD), 6.01%.

9. What are the cons of investing in AOTAX? What are AOTAX negatives?

The following are AOTAX weaknesses from our perspective:

  • AOTAX net assets are $33.50 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.
  • AOTAX expense ratio is 1.28%, which is not negligible. Is the fund expensive to you, and does it align to your investment strategy?
  • Warning: this fund has a 12b1 and front-end sales fee. The maximum 12b1 fee is 0.25%, while the maximum front-end sales load is 5.5%. A 12b-1 fee is an annual marketing or distribution fee on a mutual fund. Front-end sales load, also known as sales charge, is a fee paid when mutual funds shares are purchased. Those fees are subtracted from your total investable assets.
In the AOTAX review, we covered AOTAX key stats (return, performance, yield, expense ratio, and holdings), buy and sell analysis, and alternative investments. If this review was helpful to you, feel free to check out other mutual fund and ETF reviews.