"...emerging markets will grow faster than the
developed world for decades to come."

Gideon Rachman, The Financial Times

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Unlocking Romania’s Potential

For nearly two years, frontier market Romania has been on index provider FTSE’s watch list for a possible upgrade to emerging-market status. However, some issues remain over the market’s attractiveness for foreign investors. Johan Meyer, senior vice president and CEO

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Untapped Investment Opportunities in Africa

Among frontier markets globally, Africa offers one of the most exciting investment stories. Bassel Khatoun, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, weighs in on how past volatility in commodity prices could drive opportunities for many African markets. He also explains how

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Why the MENA Region Appears to be on Firmer Footing

As Middle East and North Africa (MENA) economies adapt to the reality of sustained lower oil prices, Dino Kronfol, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income, and Bassel Khatoun, managing director and director of portfolio management,

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Guyana, a frontier market in the making

Part 2 of 2 As a fledgling frontier market, Guyana is planning to take bold steps to improve its securities market infrastructure, revamp its regulatory regime, and digitize its operations. Work has also commenced on the digitization of the country’s

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Saudi Arabia’s Emerging-Market Pursuit

Saudi Arabia’s potential upgrade to emerging-market status has already attracted the attention of market observers, and could cause new investors to take notice. Bassel Khatoun, chief investment officer, MENA Equities, Franklin Local Asset Management, explores the potential implications for equity

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Guyana, a frontier market in the making

Seeking to modernize securities sector Part 1 of 2 Recognizing that its’ stock market can play a crucial role in the country’s economic development the Guyana government has announced plans to establish a modern capital markets infrastructure and revamp its

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Croatia’s Many Cultural Ties

When I was asked to give a speech at an investment conference in Croatia, I was excited for a number of reasons. Many years ago, I had visited Chile and wanted to learn more about a mining company there. Its

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Busting the Frontier-Market Myths

Although frontier markets are a small subset of the emerging market universe, we think they represent an important constituency that offer some compelling potential opportunities. Here, I’ve invited my colleague Carlos Hardenberg, senior vice president and director of frontier markets

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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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A Vision for Saudi Arabia’s Future

Whenever I arrive in a country, I like to read the local press reports to see the issues of the day. In Saudi Arabia, it was clear that one of the biggest issues—if not the biggest issue—in the news was

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