Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets Race Ahead in January
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Emerging Markets Race Ahead in January

Emerging market equities were off to a strong start overall in 2019, rebounding from a 2018 downturn. Manraj Sekhon, CIO of Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, and Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director and director of portfolio management, outline what drove market moves in January and why they and the team think confidence in emerging markets should continue to improve.

Chinese New Year: Symbolism in the Year of the Pig
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Chinese New Year: Symbolism in the Year of the Pig

As many come together to celebrate Chinese New Year, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Chetan Sehgal and Andrew Ness take a look into what the pig symbolizes, and how the pig might lend another way to consider emerging markets in the year ahead.

The Impact of US Policy on Emerging Markets: Three Investor Misconceptions
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The Impact of US Policy on Emerging Markets: Three Investor Misconceptions

As investors continue to grapple with global market volatility, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Chetan Sehgal opines on three misconceptions or factors he thinks investors are overlooking, and why he’s optimistic for the longer term.

Emerging Markets Outpace Developed Markets in the Final Quarter of 2018
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Emerging Markets Outpace Developed Markets in the Final Quarter of 2018

Numerous uncertainties weighed on investor sentiment in 2018 and led to a down year for emerging markets overall, although the fourth quarter saw some outperformance versus developed markets. 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 the fourth quarter of 2018, along with their current outlook.

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.

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

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.

July Recap and Outlook: Frontier Markets Lead Rebound
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July Recap and Outlook: Frontier Markets Lead Rebound

July marked the first month of the calendar year where emerging markets posted positive performance overall, with frontier markets leading the way. 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 and three things on their mind in particular today.

Of Currencies, Trade and Other Clouds
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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.