Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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.

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.

Emerging Markets Race Ahead in January
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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.

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.

Emerging Markets Equity Investing: Never Waste a Crisis
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Emerging Markets Equity Investing: Never Waste a Crisis

Emerging-market equity investors are likely happy to bid goodbye to 2018—a year filled with challenges and uncertainties. Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s director of portfolio management, examines some of these challenges and uncertainties, and makes the case that investors may have been overreacting. He says many emerging markets were unjustifiably priced for crisis-type situations.

Emerging-Market Debt: Going into the New Year with More Realistic Prices
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Emerging-Market Debt: Going into the New Year with More Realistic Prices

Emerging markets as an investment class overall suffered a setback in investor sentiment in 2018, despite strong economic growth. William Ledward, Robert Nelson, Nicholas Hardingham and Stephanie Ouwendijk of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group take a look at emerging-market debt. They say that while EM bonds generally weakened in 2018, valuations now look attractive.

November Market Recap and Outlook: Bulls Return to Emerging Markets
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November Market Recap and Outlook: Bulls Return to Emerging Markets

Emerging markets saw a rebound in November, as investors embraced bits of positive news in regard to an easing in US-China trade tensions and as well as slightly dovish thinking about the pace of US interest rate increases. 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 November along with their current outlook.

Four Reasons Why We Think Emerging-Market Fears Are Overblown
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Four Reasons Why We Think Emerging-Market Fears Are Overblown

Our investment leaders from Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity explain why they think recent concerns about the asset class are overblown.

August Recap and Outlook: Finding Opportunities in Volatility
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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.

Views on Emerging-Markets Equity and Select EM Countries
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Views on Emerging-Markets Equity and Select EM Countries

In light of the Turkish lira and Argentine peso currency drops, fears of emerging-market (EM) contagion appear to be on the rise, and various EM currencies have been under pressure. Here, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity provides perspective on some of the impacted countries in the headlines recently: Argentina, Turkey, South Africa and Indonesia. In the team’s view, current EM weaknesses in select countries is not likely to result in macroeconomic contagion or broader asset-class crises.

Trade Turmoil Doesn’t Derail Our Outlook for India
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Trade Turmoil Doesn’t Derail Our Outlook for India

Trade tensions have spooked investors in recent months, including those in India’s stock market. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Sukumar Rajah weighs in on the positive economic fundamentals he and the team see, and why they think India’s equity market should be able to weather recent challenges.

Of Currencies, Trade and Other Clouds
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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.