Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Middle Eastern Resilience: Improving Economic Activity and Defensive Characteristics
MENA

Middle Eastern Resilience: Improving Economic Activity and Defensive Characteristics

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been resilient despite ongoing geopolitical uncertainty and rising inflation, according to Franklin Templeton’s Dino Kronfol and Salah Shamma. While Ukraine and Russia are remote from the region and linkages are not direct nor easy to identify, they give their views on how local economies are faring amid the volatility.

Spotlight on Saudi Arabia
MENA

Spotlight on Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s economic rebound is drawing attention with an obvious boon from rising oil prices. Outside of hydrocarbons, the country is continuing to diversify and reform in a number of sectors as part of its ambitious Vision 2030. Dina Ting, Head of Global Index Portfolio Management, Franklin Templeton ETFs, highlights developments on the kingdom’s horizon.

MENA Equities: Five Key Themes and Reasons for Optimism
MENA

MENA Equities: Five Key Themes and Reasons for Optimism

The global economy is currently facing headwinds because of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, but there are several reasons to be optimistic about the outlook for equities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma. They point to several themes supporting the investment case, including robust government balance sheets, currency pegs to the US dollar and higher oil prices, which should provide policymakers with ample tools to mitigate any inflationary risks over the medium term.

2022 MENA Fixed Income Outlook: A Regional Shelter From a Potential Global Inflation Storm?
MENA

2022 MENA Fixed Income Outlook: A Regional Shelter From a Potential Global Inflation Storm?

The outlook for the GCC region looks optimistic for many reasons, according to Dino Kronfol, our CIO of Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income. He believes it may even be the best emerging market to shield portfolios from currency volatility or the threat of rising inflation.

Emerging Markets: A Constructive 2022 in Sight
Perspective

Emerging Markets: A Constructive 2022 in Sight

2021 has been a challenging year for EMs, but there are several reasons to be constructive about the outlook for 2022, according to Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity CIO Manraj Sekhon. 

ESG Disclosures: Looking Beyond the Surface
Perspective

ESG Disclosures: Looking Beyond the Surface

Across emerging markets, corporate ESG disclosures are uneven, and therein lies the opportunity for investors who look beyond the surface, according to Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Andrew Ness and Preyesh Patel.

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.

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.

Strength in Emerging Markets Currencies Boosts Returns in May
Perspective

Strength in Emerging Markets Currencies Boosts Returns in May

Emerging markets continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and are showing resilience, although many economies remain vulnerable. Our Emerging Markets Equity team recaps events and performance for the month of May and shares its latest outlook.

Emerging Markets Remain Resilient in April
Perspective

Emerging Markets Remain Resilient in April

Three things our Emerging Markets Equity team has an eye on: ESG in China, COVID-19 in India, and acceleration of innovations due to the pandemic.

A Volatile First Quarter Delivers Gains
Perspective

A Volatile First Quarter Delivers Gains

Emerging markets saw a positive first quarter overall, although pandemic challenges remain an overhang. Read the latest recap and outlook from our emerging markets equity team.

Reflation Concerns Dampened Investor Optimism in February
Perspective

Reflation Concerns Dampened Investor Optimism in February

The month of February saw some challenges for emerging markets overall, but our Emerging Markets Equity team still sees reasons for optimism—including the strength of China’s recovery from COVID-19 and a number of potential structural opportunities in the wake of the pandemic.