Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Monetary Easing Prevalent in Emerging Markets in the Third Quarter
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Monetary Easing Prevalent in Emerging Markets in the Third Quarter

The US-China trade conflict has remained at the forefront of investor concerns in recent months, with both governments imposing tariffs on each other’s goods. While continued tensions are likely to result in continued market volatility, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity nonetheless finds reasons to be positive about emerging markets, with a more dovish global central bank backdrop offering support.

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

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.

MENA Fixed Income: Four Things That Are Top of Mind
MENA Region

MENA Fixed Income: Four Things That Are Top of Mind

What should investors consider when looking at MENA fixed income? Franklin Templeton’s Dino Kronfol shares four things that are at the top of his mind at the moment.

Kuwait’s Emerging Markets Arrival Signals New Era of Investment
MENA Region

Kuwait’s Emerging Markets Arrival Signals New Era of Investment

With Kuwait’s upgrade to MSCI emerging-market status, the combined MENA representation puts this region firmly on the global investment map, according to Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma. Read more.

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.

The “Halo Effect” of Saudi Arabia’s Emerging Markets Arrival
MENA Region

The “Halo Effect” of Saudi Arabia’s Emerging Markets Arrival

“The “halo effect” of MSCI’s move, following similar upgrades by index providers FTSE Russell and S&P Dow Jones earlier this year, will be felt on trading floors across the region.” – Salah Shamma, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Head of Investment, MENA.

Maintaining Sukuk’s Momentum
MENA Region

Maintaining Sukuk’s Momentum

How should we maintain the momentum we’ve seen propel growth in sukuk assets? Franklin Templeton Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income’s Dino Kronfol suggests some developments.

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.