Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Of Currencies, Trade and Other Clouds
Perspective

Of Currencies, Trade and Other Clouds

Emerging markets have struggled in the first half of this year amid a storm of uncertainties. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Chetan Sehgal examines issues that have acted as clouds on the asset class—including a stronger US dollar and trade skirmishes—and highlights some positive longer-term fundamentals. He thinks some of the concerns are overblown.

Unlocking Romania’s Potential
Frontier Markets

Unlocking Romania’s Potential

Romania’s ambition to gain emerging-market status has not gone unnoticed, with its efforts rewarded in placement on FTSE’s “watch list”. Our Johan Meyer shares what he thinks it could take for Romania to make the cut.

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
Perspective

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.

Untapped Investment Opportunities in Africa
MENA Region

Untapped Investment Opportunities in Africa

“As global demand for hard and soft commodities continues to grow, we believe Africa is in an enviable position with its vast natural resources. Many African markets not only boast significant supplies of oil, gas and hard commodities, but also have the means to expand the production of soft commodities.” Bassel Khatoun, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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.

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

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.

Chinese A Shares Get MSCI Nod
Asia

Chinese A Shares Get MSCI Nod

Index provider MSCI recently announced plans to add more than 200 domestic Chinese equities to two of its benchmark indexes in two phases, starting May 31. Sukumar Rajah, senior managing director, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, breaks down the implications for investors. He says the decision represents broad support of the government’s positive policy changes.

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

Implications of Malaysia’s Election Surprise
Asia

Implications of Malaysia’s Election Surprise

Malaysia’s general election resulted in a stunning upset, ending the rule of the party that had been in power more than 60 years, since the country gained independence. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Gerald Sheah discusses the implications of the opposition-party victory there, a momentous event in Malaysia’s history.

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