Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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History

An Active Look at Small-Cap Investing

At Templeton Emerging Markets Group, we believe emerging market (EM) small-capitalization (small-cap) stocks represent an attractive proposition in the current investment climate. However, there are some common misconceptions regarding the asset class that conceal key strengths we believe an active manager could capitalize on. Here, I join my colleagues Stephen Dover, chief investment officer of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, and Chetan Sehgal, director of Global Emerging Markets/Small-Cap Strategies, to talk about investing in this space.

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Busting the Frontier-Market Myths

"There are a number of urban myths about frontier markets. We think these myths may have caused investors to overlook them in favour of developed or traditional emerging-market alternatives."

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Argentina’s Return

On a recent visit to Argentina, I was interested to see how things had changed under the leadership of a new administration—and many rapid subsequent policy changes. Work still remains to be done to address challenges, and the path forward may be a little bumpy at times, but the progress we have seen has been encouraging so far.

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Why Things Aren’t What They Used to Be in Emerging Markets

After more than three years of languishing at depressed levels, earnings in emerging-market companies are showing signs of recovery, and that is reflected in the attitudes of companies and their management as well as in their financial data.

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An Emerging-Market Evolution

It is really not accurate to say emerging markets are pure commodity plays anymore, even though many people still consider them to be driven by the whims of commodity prices. Many investors may not realize that some very sophisticated information technology companies are located in emerging markets.

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Emerging-Market Equity 2017 Outlook

On balance, although we are mindful of the potential for volatility and watchful for the risks, we believe sentiment toward emerging markets could continue to become more positive.

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Focusing on Fundamental Improvement

We believe the challenges faced by some countries, sectors and companies have at times obscured in investors' minds the interesting opportunities within the emerging-markets space.

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Progress and Improving Sentiment in China

For China’s domestic A-share market, higher participation from foreign investors, especially institutional investors, is a positive development as it can provide greater breadth in the near term and, longer term, can help drive the push for better corporate governance, a better regulatory framework and stricter enforcement.

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Meet Our Team: Greg Konieczny

Among frontier countries in Eastern Europe, we view Romania as the most attractive market. There are bargains from a valuation standpoint, and good prospects for further initial public offerings of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as well as private companies.

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Perspective

Emerging-Market Small Caps: A Distinct Growth Opportunity

In such a low-growth world, investing in smaller EM companies may provide exposure to many of the fastest-growing companies in the fastest-growing countries globally.

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Brazil on the Olympic Stage

There is certainly a risk that Brazil’s political challenges could be prolonged, but the last few months have shown us that there appears to be tremendous support in Brazil’s Congress and among its population in general for a new kind of agenda, one that not only modernizes the state but also modernizes the economy.

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We Still Don’t See a China Hard Landing

China’s economic transition—along with incredible economic growth already experienced—has resulted in a much larger economy so that the percentage growth numbers will naturally decelerate going forward. In our view that’s not a reason to panic.