Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Meet the Manager: Andrew Ness
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Meet the Manager: Andrew Ness

Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Andrew Ness has been investing in emerging markets for 25 years. Formerly a rugby player, meet Andrew and learn more about his investment approach.

Emerging Markets Equity Investing: Never Waste a Crisis
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Emerging Markets Equity Investing: Never Waste a Crisis

Emerging-market equity investors are likely happy to bid goodbye to 2018—a year filled with challenges and uncertainties. Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s director of portfolio management, examines some of these challenges and uncertainties, and makes the case that investors may have been overreacting. He says many emerging markets were unjustifiably priced for crisis-type situations.

Emerging-Market Debt: Going into the New Year with More Realistic Prices
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Emerging-Market Debt: Going into the New Year with More Realistic Prices

Emerging markets as an investment class overall suffered a setback in investor sentiment in 2018, despite strong economic growth. William Ledward, Robert Nelson, Nicholas Hardingham and Stephanie Ouwendijk of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group take a look at emerging-market debt. They say that while EM bonds generally weakened in 2018, valuations now look attractive.

The Impact of US Policy on Emerging Markets—Dollar Concerns “Overdone”
Asia

The Impact of US Policy on Emerging Markets—Dollar Concerns “Overdone”

“Despite some impact from a rising US dollar, we’ve seen some dramatic changes made to financial markets in emerging Asia since the AFC. This suggests to us that the emerging-market fundamentals we see today are more resilient and should avoid a repeat of the 1997 crisis.” – Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

November Market Recap and Outlook: Bulls Return to Emerging Markets
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November Market Recap and Outlook: Bulls Return to Emerging Markets

Emerging markets saw a rebound in November, as investors embraced bits of positive news in regard to an easing in US-China trade tensions and as well as slightly dovish thinking about the pace of US interest rate increases. 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 November along with their current outlook.

The Impact of US Policy on Emerging Markets: Chinese Trade Strategy Turns Toward Neighbors
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The Impact of US Policy on Emerging Markets: Chinese Trade Strategy Turns Toward Neighbors

“In fact, we believe rising US protectionism could act as a spur to some developing economies and encourage more regional trade agreements between emerging markets.” Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

October Market Recap and Outlook: A Sea of Opportunities
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October Market Recap and Outlook: A Sea of Opportunities

Emerging markets continued to struggle in October amid an environment of heightened equity-market volatility globally. Manraj Sekhon, CIO of Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, and Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director and director of portfolio management, believe the pullback presents long-term investors with opportunities amid what they dub an overreaction. They present the team’s overview of the emerging-markets universe in October.

A Prescription for Innovation
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A Prescription for Innovation

The word “innovation” is typically associated with technology, but innovation comes in many forms and across many industries. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Krzysztof Musialik sees innovation taking place within the health care and pharmaceuticals industries in emerging markets—even driving change in developed markets.

The Race to Harness AI Technology in Asia
Asia

The Race to Harness AI Technology in Asia

“As the race to harness new technology heats up across the globe, we’ve already seen signs that Asia is at the forefront of integrating automation into our everyday lives.” Sukumar Rajah and Eric Mok, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

What’s Next for President-Elect Bolsonaro in Brazil?
Latin America

What’s Next for President-Elect Bolsonaro in Brazil?

Jair Bolsonaro emerged victorious in Brazil’s presidential election, an outcome that markets had largely priced in, according to Frederico Sampaio, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Brazil. He says Bolsonaro now has his work cut out for him in addressing an economic recession, closing a fiscal deficit and stamping out corruption.

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