Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

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Growth Matters

We have found that companies in the consumer or retail space with a high market share can benefit from rising consumption and GDP per capita. These investments are particularly attractive if profit margins can be improved.

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Building for the Future: Infrastructure in Emerging Markets

Emerging economies in general have experienced stronger economic growth trends than developed markets over the past decade, a trend that I expect to continue. That growth, combined with rising populations and a trend toward urbanization, requires more infrastructure.

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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.

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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.

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A Pivotal Year for ASEAN?

In our view, Southeast Asia is currently among the most exciting investment destinations available to emerging and frontier market investors. The range of opportunities available to investors is remarkable, from the highly developed and technologically sophisticated Singapore market through emerging markets in various stages of development.

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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.'

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Guest Bloggers

Celebrating Romania

In our view, structural reforms, including a push for more fiscal predictability, coupled with a new IMF loan agreement, should likely boost investor confidence in Romania. In addition, We believe the efforts undertaken to facilitate investor access to the local capital market, which has been quite difficult in the past, are positive steps toward attracting more foreign investments in Romania.

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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.

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Guest Bloggers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.