Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

China Lifts Foreign Investor Caps on Stock and Bond Markets
Asia

China Lifts Foreign Investor Caps on Stock and Bond Markets

China has long limited foreign investor access to its capital markets. However, the country recently announced it will lift restrictions, a move that further opens its markets to the global investment community. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio Manager Michael Lai, who is based in Hong Kong, explains what this means.

August Ruled by Global Economic Slowdown and Trade Fears
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August Ruled by Global Economic Slowdown and Trade Fears

Trade fears, social unrest in Hong Kong and Brexit uncertainties weighed on markets in August. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity expects continued volatility, but an interest-rate cut from the US central bank in September could help stabilize emerging market currencies. The team shares its latest outlook.

Changes to the Emerging Markets Club: China (A Shares), Argentina and Saudi Arabia
Asia

Changes to the Emerging Markets Club: China (A Shares), Argentina and Saudi Arabia

There have been some noteworthy recent changes in the composition of two broad emerging market indexes that have investors taking notice. Domestic Chinese equities now have a greater presence in both the MSCI and FTSE Emerging Markets Indexes—with more shares still to be added. Meanwhile, Argentina and Saudi Arabia also saw status upgrades. Our Dina Ting and Louis Hsu discuss the significance of these changes for these countries, and for investors.

Central Bank Easing in Focus in July
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Central Bank Easing in Focus in July

"The recent truce in the US-China trade conflict was notable for its brevity: the increasingly antagonistic stance between the United States and China suggests the trade war will likely persist beyond the 2020 US presidential election cycle. We think investors should be prepared for ongoing market volatility." - Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

Our View as US-China Trade Tensions Deepen
Asia

Our View as US-China Trade Tensions Deepen

“The recent truce in the US-China trade conflict was notable for its brevity: the increasingly antagonistic stance between the United States and China suggests to us the trade war could persist beyond the 2020 US presidential election cycle, and investors should be prepared for ongoing market volatility.” – Sukumar Rajah and Jason Zhu, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

A Strong June Pulled Emerging Markets Up in the Second Quarter
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A Strong June Pulled Emerging Markets Up in the Second Quarter

Trade issues continued to dominate headlines in June, with easing in US-China trade tensions providing a boost to emerging markets overall during the month. But Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity cautions trade-related headwinds could persist. The team shares its latest emerging-market outlook and explains why the small-cap space looks attractive right now.

India’s Budget Moving in the Right Direction
Asia

India’s Budget Moving in the Right Direction

India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently unveiled the country’s new budget, which aims to give the economy a boost via tax cuts and other measures to stimulate foreign investment. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Director of Portfolio Management Sukumar Rajah says the fiscal math looks credible and the targets seem achievable, with the assumption of improving Goods and Services Tax compliance. He says while there are likely to be some winners and losers from an investment standpoint, overall, the government seems to be moving in the right direction to spur economic growth.

China’s Sci-Tech Board: Hope or Hype?
Asia

China’s Sci-Tech Board: Hope or Hype?

China will be launching a Nasdaq-style stock market for technology and research-driven companies to list and raise capital. While it has some detractors, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity believes this upcoming board is of strategic importance to China. Jason Zhu, director of portfolio management—China Equities, says it could rev up China’s emergence as a research powerhouse and help emerging companies grow into industry champions, but the team will be watching at least two key factors—the quality of companies listed and their valuations.

Trade War Concerns Rattle Emerging Markets in May
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Trade War Concerns Rattle Emerging Markets in May

Trade tensions caused investors to back away from emerging markets in May, but there are many reasons to be optimistic about the asset class and the earnings outlook ahead, according to Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team. The team outlines recent news and events influencing the market and where pockets of potential opportunity might be found.

Indian Election Result: BJP Win Paves the Way for Infrastructure Boost
Asia

Indian Election Result: BJP Win Paves the Way for Infrastructure Boost

“We expect the positive market reaction to be mostly limited, as the BJP victory seemed largely priced in. Although we believe some obstacles remain on the pathway to the economic reforms Modi has promised, we think he'll push for policy continuity with his initiatives.” – Sukumar Rajah, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

Fundamentals Drive Emerging Market Performances in April
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Fundamentals Drive Emerging Market Performances in April

Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team walks through events moving emerging markets in April and discusses the three things the team is thinking about today. The team believes the current market environment provides an attractive entry point for investors, particularly in the small-cap stock space.

Bulls Return to Emerging Markets in the First Quarter 2019
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Bulls Return to Emerging Markets in the First Quarter 2019

After a challenging 2018, investors embraced emerging markets again in the first quarter of 2019 amid supportive fundamentals, including a more dovish US Federal Reserve. Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team outlines what drove market moves during the quarter and month of March, and why Asia remains an area of interest in particular.