Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

India’s Budget Moving in the Right Direction
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India’s Budget Moving in the Right Direction

India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently unveiled the country’s new budget, which aims to give the economy a boost via tax cuts and other measures to stimulate foreign investment. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Director of Portfolio Management Sukumar Rajah says the fiscal math looks credible and the targets seem achievable, with the assumption of improving Goods and Services Tax compliance. He says while there are likely to be some winners and losers from an investment standpoint, overall, the government seems to be moving in the right direction to spur economic growth.

China Clears Way for More Foreign Participation
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China Clears Way for More Foreign Participation

"It appears China’s leadership continues to pursue key reforms, and not only in the area of finance. We welcome its efforts to further liberalize all areas of the economy and market." - Mark Mobius

China’s Congress Convenes
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China’s Congress Convenes

“As one of the world’s most populous countries, China’s people and government have been striving to attain higher economic achievements. This drive has given rise to many new companies with new business models not seen in any other markets before. China is a frontier market in this sense.” - Eddie Chow, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Scoping out South Korea’s Investment Landscape
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Scoping out South Korea’s Investment Landscape

"Technology was a big theme running through many businesses in South Korea. We saw the use of new technologies having an impact in many ways, from robotics on factory floors to the use of 3D scanners and printers in dental offices.” - Mark Mobius

Business and Politics in South Korea
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Business and Politics in South Korea

“Some commentators say that it is very difficult for South Korea to break the tie between politics and business, but we have seen corporate governance undergoing substantial change as a result of recent scandals." - Mark Mobius

Tensions Rise on the Korean Peninsula
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Tensions Rise on the Korean Peninsula

"The world is watching the Korean peninsula. The situation between North and South Korea has been tense for a long time, but it has been escalating amid increasingly bold rhetoric and threats from the leaders of North Korea and the United States." - Mark Mobius

ASEAN’s Golden Anniversary
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ASEAN’s Golden Anniversary

"The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (known as ASEAN) celebrated its 50-year anniversary in early August. I think ASEAN can continue to see progress as these economies continue to grow, and we welcome the opportunity to unlock investment opportunities there." - Mark Mobius

Travels in Myanmar: A New Frontier
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Travels in Myanmar: A New Frontier

"While Myanmar faces some challenges, I’m excited to see what the future brings, and encourage travelers to explore its many cultural charms.” - Mark Mobius

Reform and Reflation in China
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Reform and Reflation in China

Mark Mobius and Eddie Chow offer some on-the-ground perspective on the ups and downs of China’s stock market and issues affecting investors there.

South Korea Votes for Change
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South Korea Votes for Change

Voters across the globe seem to be clamoring for change, and South Korea’s presidential election may be viewed as another example. Moon Jae-in, considered a left-leaning liberal, won the presidential election in South Korea. The victory is significant because of his political stance on a number of issues as well as his background.

South Korea’s Presidential Impeachment
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South Korea’s Presidential Impeachment

President Park’s impeachment has important potential implications for the South Korean economy and market. Although the country has very strong Confucian traditions that have made it difficult to confront people of higher status, there has been movement toward reform and change in the society as a whole, and not only in government.

Will New Leadership Change the Outlook for the Philippines?
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Will New Leadership Change the Outlook for the Philippines?

We think the Philippines appears to be in a demographic sweet spot, and the country should continue to grow as long as there’s no dramatic change in government policies and the path toward reform continues.