Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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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.

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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.

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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.

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An Active View of Emerging Market Small Caps

Many investors overlook small-capitalization stocks, and even more so in emerging markets. But perhaps more investors should take a closer look at the smaller end of the market spectrum, according to the Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity team. Manraj Sekhon, Chetan Sehgal, Vikas Chiranewal and Krzysztof Musialik explore the opportunities for investors in this space, and why they believe active managers can add value.

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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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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-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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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

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Mid-Year Outlook: The Resurgence of Emerging Markets

“The factors many investors have historically found attractive about the [emerging market] asset class have come back into play, including stronger earnings growth and robust consumer trends. While areas of risk remain, our view is we are still in the early innings of the emerging-market earnings growth upturn.” - Mark Mobius, Stephen Dover, Carlos Hardenberg and Chetan Sehgal

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An Active Look at Small-Cap Investing

At Templeton Emerging Markets Group, we believe emerging market (EM) small-capitalization (small-cap) stocks represent an attractive proposition in the current investment climate. However, there are some common misconceptions regarding the asset class that conceal key strengths we believe an active manager could capitalize on.