Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

August Recap and Outlook: Finding Opportunities in Volatility
Perspective

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.

Mexico’s AMLO: A New Kind of Populist
Asia

Mexico’s AMLO: A New Kind of Populist

The victory of leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico’s presidential election shows populism can come in a variety of forms. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Santiago Petri and Gustavo Stenzel offer their thoughts on what’s next for Mexico and its new president.

Argentina Emerges
Latin America

Argentina Emerges

While Argentina’s economy has faced some challenges of late, some good news came this month for investors when index provider MSCI announced the country would be upgraded to emerging-market status. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Santiago Petri—who is based in Argentina—weighs in on the situation there.

Further Reforms Could Lead Latin American Economies to Become Bigger Growth Players
Latin America

Further Reforms Could Lead Latin American Economies to Become Bigger Growth Players

“We think Latin America’s two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico, could continue to benefit from economic growth and reforms… However, we believe further reforms are needed, and upcoming elections in those countries could influence our outlook.” Gustavo Stenzel, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

Back to Brazil
Perspective

Back to Brazil

"Brazil has only recently emerged from a prolonged recession and its challenges, including corruption scandals within the government and corporations, are certainly well known. However, Brazil’s economy is large and holds many potential opportunities for investors amid a backdrop of improving fundamentals.” - Mark Mobius

Brazil and Other Bright Spots in Latin America

Brazil and Other Bright Spots in Latin America

In general, we think fears about economic relations between the United States and Mexico completely breaking down are probably overdone.

Emerging-Market Resilience
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Emerging-Market Resilience

While emerging markets remain sensitive to macroeconomic indicators and global monetary policy—which means volatility is likely to persist for some time—we see signs confidence is returning to emerging markets and believe it is likely to continue.

Brazil on the Olympic Stage
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Brazil on the Olympic Stage

There is certainly a risk that Brazil’s political challenges could be prolonged, but the last few months have shown us that there appears to be tremendous support in Brazil’s Congress and among its population in general for a new kind of agenda, one that not only modernizes the state but also modernizes the economy.

Mining for Opportunities in Peru and Chile
Perspective

Mining for Opportunities in Peru and Chile

Setting up a visit to a mine high in the mountains of Peru was one of the most difficult arrangements our team has had to make! Negotiations with the company were lengthy, and we were close to giving up.

Colombia’s Tourism Turnaround
Perspective

Colombia’s Tourism Turnaround

If Colombia’s government is able to resolve its budget issues without resorting to burdensome taxation, while moving privatization efforts forward to fund infrastructure developments, we think the future could be very bright for this beautiful nation.

Brazil’s Olympic Ambitions
Perspective

Brazil’s Olympic Ambitions

It’s important to remember that Brazil is still in the early stages of developing a viable political and economic structure, and these types of transitions aren’t always smooth.

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Brazilian Companies
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Challenges and Opportunities Facing Brazilian Companies

Brazil has great potential to improve its economic standing, but we aren’t alone in stating that policies need to change. We can’t predict when this will happen, so investors there need to be patient.