Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

Developments in the Reform of China’s State-Owned Enterprises
Perspective

Developments in the Reform of China’s State-Owned Enterprises

Investors’ interest in China’s SOEs has no doubt been piqued by guidance from sources close to the government that reform plans foreshadowed in the government’s November 2013 program could soon begin to assume more concrete shape, helping drive the recent gains in the Shanghai and Hong Kong share markets.

State of Emerging Markets: All About Those [Central] Banks
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State of Emerging Markets: All About Those [Central] Banks

Moving into the second quarter of 2015 and beyond, we believe a complex global background appears broadly favorable for emerging markets.

Investor Sentiment Around the World
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Investor Sentiment Around the World

We certainly don’t want to jump to any conclusions about potential market performance based on investor sentiment (or any one indicator for that matter), but it reminds me of the late Sir John Templeton’s famous words: ‘Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism and die on euphoria.'

Significant Slip—or Just a Blip—in Emerging Markets’ Foreign Exchange Reserves?
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Significant Slip—or Just a Blip—in Emerging Markets’ Foreign Exchange Reserves?

We view the relatively small decline in emerging market foreign exchange reserves as quite minor in the broader macroeconomic context.

Meet My Team: Allan Lam
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Meet My Team: Allan Lam

We have seen crises around the world over the years, but crises bring opportunities; these sorts of moments are when our analytical skills are most needed and can add value for investors.

A New Way Forward for Nigeria?
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A New Way Forward for Nigeria?

Perhaps the biggest long-term challenge for Nigeria going forward is to develop government leadership that will be intent on economic development and utilizing the country’s resources to develop infrastructure.

Once Forbidden Frontiers
History

Once Forbidden Frontiers

Investing in frontier markets can come with a higher degree of volatility than more established markets, but to me, they offer pretty exciting potential. Some of yesterday’s small, agrarian economies have transformed themselves into global powers today.

Opportunities in Islamic Finance Grow
Perspective

Opportunities in Islamic Finance Grow

Shariah-compliant investments emphasize a worthy function and social impact to help mankind. This aspect appears to potentially fit with the need for high levels of infrastructure investment across a wide range of emerging countries, both in the Islamic world and beyond.

A Contrarian Case for Brazil
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A Contrarian Case for Brazil

I’m pleased to say that while Brazil certainly still has problems to work through, I’m a little more optimistic about the investment prospects there than I was about six months ago—and that’s partly because everyone else seems so pessimistic!

Monetary Policy Matters
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Monetary Policy Matters

For now, we believe the most recent easing efforts of Japan, the ECB, China, India and other central banks should offset concerns about potential interest rate increases coming this year from the Fed and other developed markets.

A Few Words on Greece
Perspective

A Few Words on Greece

We see the Greek election as bringing to the fore how the country’s debt situation—and issues related to debt problems in Europe overall—requires dramatic changes and bold action.

Reforms in Asia Bring Big Potential for Small Companies
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Reforms in Asia Bring Big Potential for Small Companies

Smaller companies in emerging markets appear poised to potentially benefit amid more market-friendly reforms that break down barriers to entry and inspire entrepreneurship. Additionally, since small-cap companies are driven primarily by domestic demand, the recent drop in oil prices could be an added boon to these companies.