Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Middle Eastern Resilience: Improving Economic Activity and Defensive Characteristics
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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.

MENA Equities: Five Key Themes and Reasons for Optimism
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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.

Investing Beyond the Storm: A View from the MENA Region
MENA Region

Investing Beyond the Storm: A View from the MENA Region

The economic fallout from COVID-19 hit oil-exporting countries hard. Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income’s Dino Kronfol and Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Salah Shamma are nonetheless optimistic about the prospects for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. They say a recovery could gather pace for the rest of 2021 on the back of sweeping structural reforms.

MENA Market Outlook: Managing the Economic Fallout
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MENA Market Outlook: Managing the Economic Fallout

What challenges and opportunities could investors in the MENA region face? Read insights from Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity's Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma.

Why the MENA Region Can Survive US/China Trade Disputes
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Why the MENA Region Can Survive US/China Trade Disputes

As the world focuses on US/China trade spats, our on-the-ground team sees opportunities emerging in the MENA region.

An Emerging Markets View of US/Iranian Tensions
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An Emerging Markets View of US/Iranian Tensions

As US-Iranian tensions rumble on, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Manraj Sekhon, Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma weigh in on the potential market impact.

What’s Ahead for the MENA Region?
MENA Region

What’s Ahead for the MENA Region?

As investors ponder the prospects for the MENA region, our MENA equity team picks out four countries that have caught their attention.

Aramco’s Share Sale May Revitalize Saudi IPO Pipeline
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Aramco’s Share Sale May Revitalize Saudi IPO Pipeline

The listing of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company could potentially reinvigorate the country’s IPO market, according to Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity's Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma.

Kuwait’s Emerging Markets Arrival Signals New Era of Investment
MENA Region

Kuwait’s Emerging Markets Arrival Signals New Era of Investment

With Kuwait’s upgrade to MSCI emerging-market status, the combined MENA representation puts this region firmly on the global investment map, according to Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma. Read more.

The “Halo Effect” of Saudi Arabia’s Emerging Markets Arrival
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The “Halo Effect” of Saudi Arabia’s Emerging Markets Arrival

“The “halo effect” of MSCI’s move, following similar upgrades by index providers FTSE Russell and S&P Dow Jones earlier this year, will be felt on trading floors across the region.” – Salah Shamma, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Head of Investment, MENA.

Liquidity Bump Underlines MENA Stocks’ Appeal in 2019
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Liquidity Bump Underlines MENA Stocks’ Appeal in 2019

Salah Shamma, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Head of Investment, MENA, sees an upcoming wave of liquidity that could create a splash for stocks in the MENA region in 2019. He explains what’s behind this potential liquidity wave—and why Saudi Arabia in particular is capturing investors’ attention.

A New Development in Saudi Arabia’s Reform Story as MSCI Delivers Upgrade
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A New Development in Saudi Arabia’s Reform Story as MSCI Delivers Upgrade

“We think Saudi Arabia has an exciting growth story to tell, and we see a seat at the emerging-markets table as just reward for the improvements made to its equity market infrastructure, bringing it more in line with international standards." – Bassel Khatoun and Salah Shamma, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity