Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Evergrande Crisis and Contagion Risks
Asia

Evergrande Crisis and Contagion Risks

Our Emerging Markets Equity team shares its views on Chinese property developer Evergrande and the real estate sector in general. They don’t see risk of systemic contagion.

China’s Regulatory Tightening: Our View on Goals and Scope
Asia

China’s Regulatory Tightening: Our View on Goals and Scope

China’s government recently enacted new regulations on a number of industries, which has caused some investor concern. Our Emerging Markets Equity team follows up some of its initial commentary on the matter here, noting policies do not have a uniform effect on companies.

How Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Crisis Could Be Felt in Emerging & Frontier Markets
Asia

How Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Crisis Could Be Felt in Emerging & Frontier Markets

What could Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis mean for frontier and emerging markets? Our Chief Market Strategist Stephen Dover discusses the situation with Bassel Khatoun, Director of Research, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity.

China: Red Moon Rising
Asia

China: Red Moon Rising

China’s equity market saw strong performance in 2020 but has faced a setback this year amid regulatory tightening and other headwinds. The Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions team outlines current risks and opportunities of investing in China.

Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy: On a Fast Track
Asia

Southeast Asia’s Internet Economy: On a Fast Track

Conditions have been ripe for Southeast Asia’s e-transformation, and COVID-19 has acted as an accelerant, according to Claus Born and Yi Ping Liao of Franklin Templeton's Emerging Markets Equity team. They see three secular growth opportunities that stand out for investors:  e-commerce, fintech and gaming. 

Heightened Regulatory Scrutiny in China: What Investors Need to Know
Asia

Heightened Regulatory Scrutiny in China: What Investors Need to Know

China has announced recent regulatory changes targeting specific industries, which has led to some heighted market volatility. Our Emerging Markets Equity team examines what the changes are, why they were implemented, and the potential implications for investors.

Regulatory Update on the China Education Sector
Asia

Regulatory Update on the China Education Sector

China recently issued new regulatory policy on the education sector, which outlines factors such as how and when such companies can operate, as well as offering guidance on investing in them. Our Emerging Markets Equity team answers some of the key questions it has received on the topic.

Inflation Trends Across Emerging Markets
Asia

Inflation Trends Across Emerging Markets

Our fixed income team analyzes inflation trends across emerging markets, highlighting the vast heterogeneity across regions and countries. They acknowledge that a large part of the reflation story is linked to low base effects from 2020, which are transitory.

Quick Thoughts: Emerging Markets Disrupt, Innovate and Power Transformation
Asia

Quick Thoughts: Emerging Markets Disrupt, Innovate and Power Transformation

Our Chief Market Strategist and Head of Franklin Templeton Investment Institute, Stephen Dover, recently held a roundtable on emerging markets (EMs) with Andrew Ness, Portfolio Manager for Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, and Alastair Reynolds, Portfolio Manager for Martin Currie Emerging Markets. The news on EMs is they have some of the best-performing companies, year-to-date. Below are some highlights of their conversation.

Cyclical & Secular Chip Boom: Supply Shortages Impacting Economic Recovery
Asia

Cyclical & Secular Chip Boom: Supply Shortages Impacting Economic Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a number of existing technological trends, and emerging markets have been at the forefront. Semiconductor chips are a crucial to many technological advancements, providing computing power to our phones, cars and more. Our Emerging Markets Equity team discusses how shortages of chips during the pandemic have impacted the global economy.

What’s Next for the Emerging Market Recovery?
Asia

What’s Next for the Emerging Market Recovery?

While the global economy has faced the challenges of COVID-19, different countries have suffered different degrees of economic stress. New variants have dealt fresh blows to some countries, but emerging markets overall have remained resilient. Manraj Sekhon, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, shares why he’s optimistic from an investment standpoint.

Community Group Buying: The Hottest Trend in China’s E-commerce
Asia

Community Group Buying: The Hottest Trend in China’s E-commerce

China is known for having the highest e-commerce penetration rate in the world. Beyond traditional online purchases of merchandise, booking of services and ordering food, innovative e-commerce models are constantly being developed. Among the hottest since last year is “community group buying.” It was initially an answer to challenges Chinese consumers faced in smaller cities due to COVID-19. It is rapidly becoming an important driver for the expansion of e-commerce into so-far untapped markets.