Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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MENA Region

A New Development in Saudi Arabia’s Reform Story as MSCI Delivers Upgrade

“We think Saudi Arabia has an exciting growth story to tell, and we see a seat at the emerging-markets table as just reward for the improvements made to its equity market infrastructure, bringing it more in line with international standards." – Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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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.

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Perspective

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.

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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.

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MENA Region

Saudi Arabia’s First Successful Play for Emerging-Market Status

“Saudi Arabia remains a reform story on many levels; capital market reform has culminated in FTSE Russell’s decision to classify it as an emerging market. In our view, it’s encouraging that the bold fiscal reforms we’ve seen will likely put Saudi’s economy on more sustainable footing over the long-term.” - Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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Emerging Markets February Recap: Resilient

“While volatility has heightened recently, we believe that emerging-market (EM) fundamentals remain sound. We believe EM equities have reached an inflection point in regard to earnings and appear to be providing us with valuation opportunities we do not generally see in most developed markets.” – Manraj Sekhon and Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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MENA Region

Why the MENA Region Appears to be on Firmer Footing

“It may have gone unnoticed to some investors, but the GCC region is a significant issuer of emerging-market sovereign debt, which is becoming an increasingly relevant component in global bond markets.” - Dino Kronfol and Bassel Khatoun

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Emerging Markets January 2018 Update: A Strong Start

The first month of 2018 saw a strong start for emerging-market equities overall amid a generally solid fundamental backdrop. Stephen Dover, Franklin Templeton’s head of equities, and Chetan Sehgal, director of portfolio management with Templeton Emerging Markets Group, present an overview of emerging-market developments in January, including some events, milestones and data points to offer perspective.

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Saudi Arabia’s Emerging-Market Pursuit

Saudi Arabia’s potential upgrade to emerging-market status could cause new investors to take notice. Bassel Khatoun explores the implications for equity markets both in the Kingdom and the wider region.