Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

A View from Mexico on a New North American Trade Pact
Latin America

A View from Mexico on a New North American Trade Pact

A new historic agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was recently struck between the United States, Mexico and Canada. In the United States, the new deal is officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement, or USMCA. For Mexico, the Spanish translation has yet to be determined. Franklin Local Asset Management Mexico, Fixed Income team answers some questions about the implications of the new agreement for the country.

Not All Emerging Markets Are Equal
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Not All Emerging Markets Are Equal

“We find a disconnect between the negative sentiment permeating the market and positive EM equity fundamentals, including rising cash flows, improving capital-allocation discipline, corporate deleveraging, healthy earnings and discounted valuations.” - Manraj Sekhon and Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

August Recap and Outlook: Finding Opportunities in Volatility
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August Recap and Outlook: Finding Opportunities in Volatility

Market volatility marked the month of August, with sharp declines in the Turkish lira and Argentine peso souring investor sentiment for emerging markets overall. Manraj Sekhon, CIO of Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, and Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director and director of portfolio management, present the team’s overview of the emerging-markets universe in August and why they don’t see the asset class heading for a severe crisis.

Views on Emerging-Markets Equity and Select EM Countries
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Views on Emerging-Markets Equity and Select EM Countries

In light of the Turkish lira and Argentine peso currency drops, fears of emerging-market (EM) contagion appear to be on the rise, and various EM currencies have been under pressure. Here, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity provides perspective on some of the impacted countries in the headlines recently: Argentina, Turkey, South Africa and Indonesia. In the team’s view, current EM weaknesses in select countries is not likely to result in macroeconomic contagion or broader asset-class crises.

July Recap and Outlook: Frontier Markets Lead Rebound
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July Recap and Outlook: Frontier Markets Lead Rebound

July marked the first month of the calendar year where emerging markets posted positive performance overall, with frontier markets leading the way. Manraj Sekhon, CIO of Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, and Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director and director of portfolio management, present the team’s overview of the emerging-markets universe and three things on their mind in particular today.

Mexico’s AMLO: A New Kind of Populist
Asia

Mexico’s AMLO: A New Kind of Populist

The victory of leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico’s presidential election shows populism can come in a variety of forms. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Santiago Petri and Gustavo Stenzel offer their thoughts on what’s next for Mexico and its new president.

Emerging Markets Suffer Second-Quarter Setback
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Emerging Markets Suffer Second-Quarter Setback

Emerging markets suffered a setback in the second quarter, but Manraj Sekhon, CIO of Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, and Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director and director of portfolio management, don’t see a fundamental derailment.

Argentina Emerges
Latin America

Argentina Emerges

While Argentina’s economy has faced some challenges of late, some good news came this month for investors when index provider MSCI announced the country would be upgraded to emerging-market status. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Santiago Petri—who is based in Argentina—weighs in on the situation there.

Emerging Markets Experience a Healthy Correction in May
Asia

Emerging Markets Experience a Healthy Correction in May

Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Chief Investment Officer Manraj Sekhon and Director of Portfolio Management Chetan Sehgal present an overview of emerging-market developments in May, including some events, milestones and data points.

Emerging Markets April 2018 Recap and Outlook: Look Beyond the Headlines
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Emerging Markets April 2018 Recap and Outlook: Look Beyond the Headlines

Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Chief Investment Officer Manraj Sekhon, and Director of Portfolio Management Chetan Sehgal, present an overview of emerging-market developments in April, including some events, milestones and data points. They say there was certainly no shortage of geopolitical news during the month, but note that solid businesses have the potential to do well in many different environments.

Further Reforms Could Lead Latin American Economies to Become Bigger Growth Players
Latin America

Further Reforms Could Lead Latin American Economies to Become Bigger Growth Players

“We think Latin America’s two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico, could continue to benefit from economic growth and reforms… However, we believe further reforms are needed, and upcoming elections in those countries could influence our outlook.” Gustavo Stenzel, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

Emerging Markets Experience a Volatile First Quarter
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Emerging Markets Experience a Volatile First Quarter

Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Manraj Sekhon and Chetan Sehgal present the team’s first quarter emerging-market recap, including a look at potential impacts from the recent US-China trade skirmish.