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April 1

Opinion Turkey – Here we Go Again

What does the appointment of the fourth central bank governor in less than two years mean for investors in Turkey? As have we have seen in the press, and to everyone’s surprise, last week the Turkish government replaced central bank chairman Naci Agbal, just four and a half (...)

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Have emerging markets lost their mojo?

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The year of the rat: China’s Economy is strong but investors need to be on their guard

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October 2014

Innovation Source and Ashmore jointly launch the first actively managed european Exchange-Traded Funds to provide emerging market fixed-income exposure

Source, an investment firm and one of the market-leading European providers of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), and Ashmore, a specialist, active investment manager with more than 20 years’ experience in Emerging Markets, have partnered to launch the first funds in Europe (...)

September 2014

Opinion Jokowi

After ten years of strong growth, the Indonesian economy is slowing considerably. This is because of the falling Chinese demand for commodities, the gradual normalisation of US monetary policy and an inevitable decline in government (...)

September 2014

News BNP Paribas Investment Partners granted one of the first RQFII licenses in France and the Eurozone

BNP Paribas Investment Partners granted one of the first RQFII licenses in France and the Eurozone: Providing its clients with the latest investment avenues to China’s Onshore Markets

September 2014

News QNB acquires a 12.5% stake in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the leading pan-African bank

QNB, “One of the World’s Strongest Banks” has today announced the acquisition of a 12.5% stake (both ordinary and convertible preference shares) in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.

August 2014

Opinion Bumpy ride for emerging currencies over summer

Emerging currencies were under pressure this summer. Save for the Indonesian rupiah, Thai baht, Malaysian ringgit and Chinese yuan, emerging currencies has corrected against the US dollar since 30 June. It is mainly the CEEMEA currencies and, to a lesser extent, Latin (...)

August 2014

Opinion Don’t cry for Argentina

In accordance with the Right Upon Future Offers or RUFO clause (similar to a conventional clause requiring creditors to be treated pari passu) contained in the 2005 agreement on the restructuring of the debt of the exchange bondholders (preventing Argentina from making more (...)

July 2014

Strategy Saudi opens the door to billions of inflows

Announcement that the Saudi cabinet has approved plans to open up its stock market to foreign financial institutions in H1 2015 is a long-awaited step towards MSCI EM index inclusion.

June 2014

News Nomura Asset Management launches in Middle East

Japanese fund manager Nomura Asset Management (NAM) has launched an office in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as part of its ongoing commitment to the Middle East.

June 2014

Opinion All eyes on Brazil !

According to Daniel Isidori, fund manager at Threadneedle Investments, the Brazilian companies most affected by the upcoming election are state owned and rather than taking exposure to all of them, he suggests to have a small overweight in the energy giant (...)

July 2013

Opinion Maarten-Jan Bakkum’s take on Egypt

By ousting President Morsi the Egyptian army prevented a violent climax in the battle between opponents and supporters of the president. In the past year, the Morsi administration has not been able to make any progress in solving the huge economic and social problems in the (...)

March 2013

Note EDHEC-Risk Institute Study Highlights the Inefficiency of Asian Stock Market Indices

In a study entitled “Assessing the Quality of Asian Stock Market Indices,” researchers at EDHEC-Risk Institute have reported results for 10 major Asian stock market indices over the past decade.

February 2013

Opinion East Asian Onshore Markets To See Most AUM Growth

Fitch Ratings expects growth in asset under management (AUM) to be higher in the years to come in emerging Asia (China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand) than in mature markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and (...)

February 2013

People Moves Lombard Odier Investment Managers Combines Global and Emerging Bond Teams, Appoints Salman Ahmed as Strategist

Lombard Odier Investment Managers’ (LOIM) has combined its Global and Emerging Fixed Income teams into a single unit and hired a market strategist.

January 2013

Strategy The Case for High Dividend Investing in Emerging markets

From a purely dividend yield perspective, Western investors could diversify into emerging markets where dividend growth is supported by low levels of company debt coupled and high profitability.

January 2013

Opinion New Egypt FX Regime Positive Step in Tough Circumstances

Egypt’s new exchange rate regime has brought greater transparency and a depreciation of the pound but also highlights a serious shortage of foreign exchange, Fitch Ratings says. For the system to work, confidence needs to be restored quickly, starting with agreement on an IMF (...)

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Innovation BlackRock has expanded its Asian equity fund range by launching the BlackRock Global Funds (BGF) China Flexible Equity Fund

The Fund is designed to enable a growing number of investors seeking to access opportunities in both onshore (A-shares) and offshore (H-shares, Red-chips, P-chips, American Depositary Receipts [ADRs], etc.) Chinese equity markets without having the need to allocate to two (...)

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Strategy Frontier markets no riskier than emerging markets

According to new Research Foundation of CFA Institute book, Frontier Market Equity Investing: Finding the Winners of the Future, valuations are more attractive and, therefore, opportunity for future returns is greater in frontier (...)

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Innovation DWS Investments launches DWS Invest Emerging Markets Top Dividend Plus in France

The DWS Invest Emerging Markets Top Dividend Plus fund offers an emerging market equity strategy combined with the opportunity for current income

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Strategy Africa: A continent of opportunities

As global demand for commodities continues to grow, we believe Africa is in an enviable position with its vast resources, not only minerals but also food—60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land is in Africa...

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News The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) joins the Global Emerging Markets (GEMs) Risk Database Consortium

During the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, on April 20, Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), acting on behalf of the Global Emerging Markets (GEMs) Risk Database Consortium, and Joaquim Levy the Managing Director and Chief (...)

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Note EDHEC-Risk Institute Study Highlights the Inefficiency of Asian Stock Market Indices

In a study entitled “Assessing the Quality of Asian Stock Market Indices,” researchers at EDHEC-Risk Institute have reported results for 10 major Asian stock market indices over the past decade.

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Opinion All eyes on Brazil !

According to Daniel Isidori, fund manager at Threadneedle Investments, the Brazilian companies most affected by the upcoming election are state owned and rather than taking exposure to all of them, he suggests to have a small overweight in the energy giant (...)

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Strategy VARPS: 2019 Update

GAM Investments’ Tim Love reflects on the performance of his frontier market plays, Vietnam, Argentina, Romania, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (VARPS) so far this year and discusses the investment opportunities and risks associated with these (...)

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Strategy Five Emerging-Market Brands to Watch

Abracadabra! – here come emerging-market brands. Now that Alibaba has proved it can be done, expect to see more. Here’s a look at five possibles.

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Opinion For the BJP

The results of the world’s largest general election were announced today after 6 weeks of voting, with around 900m registered voters casting their ballot across 543 constituencies. The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a majority of seats, which means that Modi will (...)

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Opinion Volatility creates buying opportunities in emerging markets fixed income

Emerging markets debt will offer investors compelling buying opportunities when US interest rates start to normalize, according to Greg Saichin, CIO Emerging Market Debt at Allianz Global Investors, the EUR 387 billion asset (...)

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Opinion China-US détente eases investor fears

The meeting between President Trump and President Xi in April removes a cloud hanging over the equity market. This comes at a time when fears over debt levels have been well discounted, while growth appears to have stabilised nicely at a relatively high level. Furthermore, (...)

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News Meridiam announces the closing of the reopening of its Africa fund at €546 million, 2.5 times its initial size

Launched in 2015, for an initial amount of €207 million, the initial commitment has already been fully invested two years before the end of the investment period. At the end of this closing, it is now 2.5 times bigger than at the (...)

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Strategy Dollar strength

According to John Chatfeild-Roberts, CIO of Jupiter Asset Management, over the past decade, we have seen several longer term trends play out, from swift urbanisation in developing nations to technological advances everywhere. Changes in currency trends have also had an (...)

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People Moves Lombard Odier Investment Managers Combines Global and Emerging Bond Teams, Appoints Salman Ahmed as Strategist

Lombard Odier Investment Managers’ (LOIM) has combined its Global and Emerging Fixed Income teams into a single unit and hired a market strategist.

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Strategy Africa, the emerging market story of the next decade ?

According to Mark Mobius, Africa could represent a tremendous opportunity for investors in the next few years. The continent is well known for its wealth of natural resources, much of it barely developed, which includes oil and gas and a variety of metals and minerals, as (...)

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