Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets Outpace Developed Markets in July
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Emerging Markets Outpace Developed Markets in July

Some emerging markets have been coping with the COVID-19 crisis better than others, and their economies are in different stages of recovery. Our emerging markets equity team highlights a few—and offers thoughts on why the pandemic has accelerated some existing fundamental and technological trends.

COVID-19: A Positive Tipping Point for Some Brazilian Banks?
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COVID-19: A Positive Tipping Point for Some Brazilian Banks?

The coronavirus pandemic is hurting Brazilian banks in the near term, but is the outlook entirely grim? Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Gustavo Stenzel explains why certain banks could emerge from the outbreak stronger relative to a new pack of financial technology competitors.

Improving Confidence Drives Emerging Market Rally in April
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Improving Confidence Drives Emerging Market Rally in April

The coronavirus pandemic has hit economies across the globe, emerging markets being no exception. Our Emerging Markets Equity team takes a look at developments during the month of April and how various countries have been affected. The team outlines why it believes many of these economies can weather the crisis—and maybe even eventually emerge stronger as new technologies are adopted.

PODCAST: How COVID-19 Is Testing the Resiliency of Emerging Markets
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PODCAST: How COVID-19 Is Testing the Resiliency of Emerging Markets

Manraj Sekhon, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, discusses the emerging markets landscape across North Asia, India and Latin America, and the path forward toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Outlook for Emerging Markets Equity Investing
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2020 Outlook for Emerging Markets Equity Investing

While US-China trade issues still haven’t been resolved, there are reasons to be optimistic about the prospects for emerging markets in the coming year, according to Manraj Sekhon, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity. He shares his outlook for 2020, and how technological innovation is leading to new investment opportunities in a number of countries.

Emerging Markets Show a Quiet Resilience
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Emerging Markets Show a Quiet Resilience

Investors should pay attention to the economic evolution taking place in many emerging-market economies, according to Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity's Andrew Ness.

Monetary Easing Prevalent in Emerging Markets in the Third Quarter
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Monetary Easing Prevalent in Emerging Markets in the Third Quarter

The US-China trade conflict has remained at the forefront of investor concerns in recent months, with both governments imposing tariffs on each other’s goods. While continued tensions are likely to result in continued market volatility, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity nonetheless finds reasons to be positive about emerging markets, with a more dovish global central bank backdrop offering support.

Central Bank Easing in Focus in July
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Central Bank Easing in Focus in July

"The recent truce in the US-China trade conflict was notable for its brevity: the increasingly antagonistic stance between the United States and China suggests the trade war will likely persist beyond the 2020 US presidential election cycle. We think investors should be prepared for ongoing market volatility." - Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

Brazil Takes Big Reform Step
Latin America

Brazil Takes Big Reform Step

Pension funding has been an issue in many parts of the world and has certainly been a hot topic in Brazil. President Jair Bolsonaro’s election ignited market optimism on promises to reform pensions to get Brazil’s fiscal house on a firmer footing. The probability of this being delivered has increased considerably after approval of a new pension reform bill in Brazil’s lower Congress. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Gustavo Stenzel and Marcos Mundim weigh in on what the breakthrough means for the country, and for investors.

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.

What’s Next for President-Elect Bolsonaro in Brazil?
Latin America

What’s Next for President-Elect Bolsonaro in Brazil?

Jair Bolsonaro emerged victorious in Brazil’s presidential election, an outcome that markets had largely priced in, according to Frederico Sampaio, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Brazil. He says Bolsonaro now has his work cut out for him in addressing an economic recession, closing a fiscal deficit and stamping out corruption.

Emerging Markets Suffer Second-Quarter Setback
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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.