Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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Emerging Markets Q4 2016 Recap: A Wobbly Quarter, but Reasons for Optimism

We think emerging markets remain at the forefront of the world’s most vibrant and fastest-growing economies, with overall GDP growth rates that have been comfortably in excess of the developed world for many years, despite much publicized slowdowns in certain countries.

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Vietnam’s Transformation

In just a few decades, Vietnam has undergone a dramatic transformation, from an agrarian society to one that has embraced the modern era. Its youthful population and growing middle class have helped drive solid growth—and opportunities for many global investors.

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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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Readers’ Questions Answered

While the president cannot directly impact monetary policy, it appears from his rhetoric that [Donald] Trump may put pressure on the Federal Reserve (Fed) to raise rates—which actually seemed to be the Fed’s likely path even before the election.

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Central Banks and Stock Markets: a BOJ Case Study

As many investors around the world are searching for yield in an environment of low or negative interest rates, emerging-market equities and debt have been attracting investor dollars. The money central banks are providing is flowing out into markets globally, and emerging markets in general continue to offer a more compelling growth story than developed markets.

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Emerging Markets and a Trump Presidency: No Need to Panic

While the markets are likely to remain volatile for a period of time given the uncertainty surrounding potential US policies under a Trump presidency, I think we need to take a step back and realize that much of the rhetoric we heard on the campaign trail may not result in any concrete action.

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Risks, Opportunities and Adventures in Borneo

Borneo is the world’s third-largest island and its equatorial rainforest is home to many species of plants and animals, which attracts tourists from around the world. Borneo also boasts significant power resources, including hydroelectric power, coal and natural gas deposits; liquefied natural gas is a key export.

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Thai People Mourn Loss of Their King

There are concerns that political differences could again re-emerge in Thailand that have in the past been destabilizing. However, in our view, the backdrop to a royal succession has improved drastically in recent years.

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Emerging Markets Q3 Recap: Sentiment Remains Strong

Companies in the consumer-related sectors and information technology are particularly attractive to us in the current environment, especially as technology is becoming more integral and competitive in emerging markets.

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Mexico Entangled in US Election as Banxico Tightens

Regardless of statements about more restrictive trade, it will be very difficult if not impossible for US-Mexico trade to be destroyed since the links are too deep between the two countries.

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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.