Investment Adventures in Emerging 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

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

August Recap and Outlook: Finding Opportunities in Volatility
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August Recap and Outlook: Finding Opportunities in Volatility

Market volatility marked the month of August, with sharp declines in the Turkish lira and Argentine peso souring investor sentiment for emerging markets overall. 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 August and why they don’t see the asset class heading for a severe crisis.

Trade Turmoil Doesn’t Derail Our Outlook for India
Asia

Trade Turmoil Doesn’t Derail Our Outlook for India

Trade tensions have spooked investors in recent months, including those in India’s stock market. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Sukumar Rajah weighs in on the positive economic fundamentals he and the team see, and why they think India’s equity market should be able to weather recent challenges.

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.

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

Getting to Know Chetan Sehgal
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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

Emerging Market 2018 Outlook
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Emerging Market 2018 Outlook

"We are very excited about frontier markets around the world, not only in Africa but also in Asia and Latin America. We view these markets as offering the opportunities of tomorrow, ideally for longer-term investors with a time horizon of over five years.” - Chetan Sehgal and Carlos Hardenberg, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Las Vegas, Macau and the Future of Work
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Las Vegas, Macau and the Future of Work

"Our team is keenly interested in the consumer space in emerging markets and we have been exploring companies involved in leisure and entertainment, including tourism, for potential investment opportunities. It’s interesting to see the development of new theme parks, hotels, resorts and the like springing up in emerging markets—and how similar or different they are from those in developed markets." - Mark Mobius

Art, Entertainment and Leisure in Asia
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Art, Entertainment and Leisure in Asia

The growth of the middle class and rising incomes in many emerging markets means more discretionary income available for leisure pursuits from cinema to theme parks to new food choices to artwork and more. We think this area represents an interesting area of opportunity for investors—and one that’s quite fun to explore.

A Spiritual Journey in Thailand
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A Spiritual Journey in Thailand

It’s our view that Thailand’s long-term economic and investment potential remains bright for many reasons, and once the Brexit shock starts to wear off, investors should recognize the unique differences among individual emerging markets.

Update on Korea

Update on Korea