Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

China’s Sci-Tech Board: Hope or Hype?
Asia

China’s Sci-Tech Board: Hope or Hype?

China will be launching a Nasdaq-style stock market for technology and research-driven companies to list and raise capital. While it has some detractors, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity believes this upcoming board is of strategic importance to China. Jason Zhu, director of portfolio management—China Equities, says it could rev up China’s emergence as a research powerhouse and help emerging companies grow into industry champions, but the team will be watching at least two key factors—the quality of companies listed and their valuations.

Trade War Concerns Rattle Emerging Markets in May
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Trade War Concerns Rattle Emerging Markets in May

Trade tensions caused investors to back away from emerging markets in May, but there are many reasons to be optimistic about the asset class and the earnings outlook ahead, according to Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team. The team outlines recent news and events influencing the market and where pockets of potential opportunity might be found.

Fundamentals Drive Emerging Market Performances in April
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Fundamentals Drive Emerging Market Performances in April

Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team walks through events moving emerging markets in April and discusses the three things the team is thinking about today. The team believes the current market environment provides an attractive entry point for investors, particularly in the small-cap stock space.

Bulls Return to Emerging Markets in the First Quarter 2019
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Bulls Return to Emerging Markets in the First Quarter 2019

After a challenging 2018, investors embraced emerging markets again in the first quarter of 2019 amid supportive fundamentals, including a more dovish US Federal Reserve. Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team outlines what drove market moves during the quarter and month of March, and why Asia remains an area of interest in particular.

China’s Re-Balancing Act
Asia

China’s Re-Balancing Act

In the face of slowing growth, the Chinese authorities appear ready to act. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Sukumar Rajah and Jason Zhu explain how measures announced at the 13th National People’s Congress are designed to shore up China’s growth prospects.

Emerging Markets Record Mixed Performances in February
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Emerging Markets Record Mixed Performances in February

Emerging market equities saw mixed performances in February, with stocks in Asia faring better than stocks in Latin America and emerging Europe, which underperformed. Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team outlines what drove market moves during the month and where they see opportunities today. They see reasons to be optimistic about Brazil in particular.

Shifting Climate, Shifting Opportunities
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Shifting Climate, Shifting Opportunities

Climate change—like any type of disruption—has disparate impacts on people, places and things. It can also have disparate impacts on corporations and investments. Krzysztof Musialik, senior vice president, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, explores how climate change has impacted the global economy, and has created new potential investment opportunities in the realm of the emerging market landscape.

Emerging Markets Race Ahead in January
Asia

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
Asia

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
Asia

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.

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