Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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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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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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Emerging Markets February Recap: Resilient

“While volatility has heightened recently, we believe that emerging-market (EM) fundamentals remain sound. We believe EM equities have reached an inflection point in regard to earnings and appear to be providing us with valuation opportunities we do not generally see in most developed markets.” – Manraj Sekhon and Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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Why the MENA Region Appears to be on Firmer Footing

“It may have gone unnoticed to some investors, but the GCC region is a significant issuer of emerging-market sovereign debt, which is becoming an increasingly relevant component in global bond markets.” - Dino Kronfol and Bassel Khatoun

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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 Markets Fourth-Quarter Recap and Outlook: 2017 Ends with a Bang

Emerging markets did well in 2017, and we expect the asset class to remain on an upward trend in 2018 against a favorable backdrop of robust economic growth, increased asset inflows, solid foreign reserves, strong current accounts and stable local currencies.” - Stephen Dover, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

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Emerging Markets Third-Quarter Recap: A Stellar Rally

“Overall, we believe the investment case for emerging markets continues to center around demographics, a rising middle class and domestic consumption. The most striking development recently, though, is the dramatic transformation of many emerging-market companies that used to depend on ‘old-economy’ models.” – Mark Mobius

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Readers’ Questions Answered

Cashless payment is developing at high speed. I experience electronic payment systems nearly everywhere in the world I visit, particularly in Asia. It’s a wave of the future that can’t be stopped, not only because it is so convenient and efficient, but because the rise of Internet shopping and banking makes such technology essential.

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Busting the Frontier-Market Myths

"There are a number of urban myths about frontier markets. We think these myths may have caused investors to overlook them in favour of developed or traditional emerging-market alternatives."

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An Ocean Voyage in Southeast Asia

Air travel is a quick and convenient way to get from one place to the next, but sometimes it’s nice to slow down and enjoy the journey. Traveling ...

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An Emerging-Market Evolution

It is really not accurate to say emerging markets are pure commodity plays anymore, even though many people still consider them to be driven by the whims of commodity prices. Many investors may not realize that some very sophisticated information technology companies are located in emerging markets.

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Meet Our Team: Greg Konieczny

Among frontier countries in Eastern Europe, we view Romania as the most attractive market. There are bargains from a valuation standpoint, and good prospects for further initial public offerings of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as well as private companies.