Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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Asia

US-Led Trade Dispute Could Present Opportunities in Emerging-Market Stocks

“Much discussion has been devoted to the escalating United States-China trade dispute as of late, as both sides threaten tariffs on products ranging from pork to aircrafts… But despite the tit-for-tat measures we’ve seen between United States President Donald Trump and Chinese officials, we don’t think this war of words will affect China in the long term.” - Sukumar Rajah, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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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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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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Getting to Know Chetan Sehgal

“In the 23 years I’ve been investing in emerging markets, the biggest change I’ve seen has been improvements in corporate governance. Sometimes, investors don’t realize how much difference legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks make, especially in emerging-market economies.” Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director, director of portfolio management, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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Today’s Emerging Markets Embrace Technological Innovation

Emerging markets have not only embraced the use of technology, but have become global market innovators in many areas. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity's Chetan Sehgal takes a look at how emerging markets have embraced technology, and explains why he’s excited about investment opportunities in this space. He says emerging markets are now at the forefront of the latest technological developments, from mobile banking and shopping to robotics, autonomous vehicles, health care and more.

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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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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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Why It’s Not Time to Squeeze the Brakes on Indian Equities

“We think there is more room for Indian equities to potentially appreciate. We believe India’s favourable demographic backdrop could lead to more growth in the equity market, particularly in large-cap stocks.” - Sukumar Rajah, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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Emerging-Market Resilience

Volatile market action in early February caught many investors off guard. While many were rushing for the exits at the first sign of turmoil, Templeton Emerging Markets Group’s Chetan Sehgal and Claus Born have been emphasizing calm. They point to resilience within emerging markets overall in the long term and still find plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the year ahead.

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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.

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The Next Chapter

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