An Asia Fund that Goes Against the Crowd

Matthews Asia Dividend, a member of the Kip 25, is moving away from consumer stocks and toward more economically sensitive companies.

Jesper Madsen's strategy of investing in well-managed Asian companies that pay steady dividends gets results. Over the past year, Matthews Asia Dividend (symbol MAPIX), the fund he manages, returned 23.0%. That outpaced its benchmark, the MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index, by 5.8 percentage points (returns are through January 16).

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.