Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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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.

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Emerging Markets Suffer Second-Quarter Setback

Emerging markets suffered a setback in the second quarter, but Manraj Sekhon, CIO of Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, and Chetan Sehgal, senior managing director and director of portfolio management, don’t see a fundamental derailment.

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Emerging Markets Experience a Healthy Correction in May

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 May, including some events, milestones and data points.

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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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Emerging-Market Resilience

Volatile market action in early February caught many investors off guard. While many were rushing for the exits at the first sign of turmoil, Templeton Emerging Markets Group’s Chetan Sehgal and Claus Born have been emphasizing calm. They point to resilience within emerging markets overall in the long term and still find plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the year ahead.

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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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Mid-Year Outlook: The Resurgence of Emerging Markets

“The factors many investors have historically found attractive about the [emerging market] asset class have come back into play, including stronger earnings growth and robust consumer trends. While areas of risk remain, our view is we are still in the early innings of the emerging-market earnings growth upturn.” - Mark Mobius, Stephen Dover, Carlos Hardenberg and Chetan Sehgal

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Emerging Markets Second-Quarter 2017 Recap: The Streak Continues

We believe emerging markets continue to offer superior growth potential compared with developed markets. The long-term trend of increased consumer penetration and improving affluence, leading to a shift to more premium products and services, should continue to bode well for these markets in the future.