Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets Rally as Economies Reopen in the Second Quarter
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Emerging Markets Rally as Economies Reopen in the Second Quarter

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact economies across the globe as they emerge from lockdowns, including emerging markets. Our Emerging Markets Equity team provides an overview of developments over the past month, and takes a look at how the pandemic is driving a trend toward deglobalization as well as new innovations.

South Korea: A Shining Example of Emerging Market Leadership
Asia

South Korea: A Shining Example of Emerging Market Leadership

Our emerging markets equity team has often emphasized how emerging markets have evolved over the decades in ways many investors may not realize. Today, emerging economies boast many cutting-edge companies that are industry leaders. And, many countries have learned valuable lessons from prior crisis periods that have helped them navigate the current coronavirus pandemic. South Korea is one such example of both.

PODCAST: Perspective on China and Emerging Markets: Recovery Begins
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PODCAST: Perspective on China and Emerging Markets: Recovery Begins

While the United States and Europe are just starting to feel the economic impacts of the coronavirus, China is starting to recover. In our latest podcast, Manraj Sekhon, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity offers some perspective from Asia and where potential investment opportunities may be found in emerging markets.

Coronavirus and the Implications for Emerging Markets
Asia

Coronavirus and the Implications for Emerging Markets

In addition to the toll on human lives, the coronavirus outbreak in China brings potential economic and market implications for China and beyond. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity team has been monitoring the situation and weighs in with some thoughts, comparing it to the outbreak of SARS in 2003.

Looking Past the Hang-Ups for Asia’s Smartphone Industry
Asia

Looking Past the Hang-Ups for Asia’s Smartphone Industry

Despite the US-China trade war, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Sukumar Rajah doesn’t think the opportunity set for emerging markets is lost. He explains how a saturated smartphone market could create innovation opportunities in emerging market countries in Asia.

Indian Election Result: BJP Win Paves the Way for Infrastructure Boost
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Indian Election Result: BJP Win Paves the Way for Infrastructure Boost

“We expect the positive market reaction to be mostly limited, as the BJP victory seemed largely priced in. Although we believe some obstacles remain on the pathway to the economic reforms Modi has promised, we think he'll push for policy continuity with his initiatives.” – Sukumar Rajah, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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.

The Race to Harness AI Technology in Asia
Asia

The Race to Harness AI Technology in Asia

“As the race to harness new technology heats up across the globe, we’ve already seen signs that Asia is at the forefront of integrating automation into our everyday lives.” Sukumar Rajah and Eric Mok, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

Not All Emerging Markets Are Equal
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Not All Emerging Markets Are Equal

“We find a disconnect between the negative sentiment permeating the market and positive EM equity fundamentals, including rising cash flows, improving capital-allocation discipline, corporate deleveraging, healthy earnings and discounted valuations.” - Manraj Sekhon and Chetan Sehgal, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

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.

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.

Chinese A Shares Get MSCI Nod
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Chinese A Shares Get MSCI Nod

Index provider MSCI recently announced plans to add more than 200 domestic Chinese equities to two of its benchmark indexes in two phases, starting May 31. Sukumar Rajah, senior managing director, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, breaks down the implications for investors. He says the decision represents broad support of the government’s positive policy changes.