Each week, a professional investor tells us where he'd put hismoney. This week: Chetan Sehgal, Lead PortfolioManager, Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust.
After a strong start to 2019, global and emerging-market equities have hit turbulence thanks to changing US Federal Reserve policy and ongoing US-China trade-related negotiations or tweets. Against this volatile backdrop we continue to search for companies with sustainable drivers of earnings growth that can withstand ongoing market uncertainty.
Domestically orientated businesses may be well positioned to benefit from structural demand drivers, such as the confluence of technology and consumption in e-commerce, or consumers' need for financial services.
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Seek out Korea's top search engine
Naver (Seoul: 035420)
Naver is also among the leading payment companies in both Korea (Naver Pay) and Japan (through its social-media subsidiary, Line). It is thus facilitating e-commerce growth as well as benefiting from it. Reflecting the success of this online ecosystem, Naver was ranked ninth on Forbes' Most Innovative Companies listin 2018.
A boost for Brazil
Banco Bradesco (NYSE: BBD)
The company is leveraged to the economic recovery, benefits from a concentrated banking sector and gains from an extensive retail-distribution network that provides exposure to household spending. Ongoing government-led reforms are also expected to unlock demand for corporate lending.
Roaring ahead in Russia
Sberbank (Moscow: SBER)
Smaller competitors without access to the state deposit insurance system have fallen by the wayside as they have struggled to attract retail depositors. Sberbank has a strong focus on technology, dominating peer-to-peer transfers and card issuance, while its online mortgage app and e-commerce business are growing. An emphasis on reducing costs (by closing retail branches, for instance) is improving overall efficiency and margins.
The 30 house price hotspots
While we have seen house prices sliding, these sought-after locations have seen prices jump by at least 5% over the previous 12 months
By John Fitzsimons Published
Working parents will be entitled to 15 hours free childcare for two-year-olds from next year
The government has extended free childcare hours to working parents of two-year olds but it won’t be automatic so make sure you don’t miss out
By Marc Shoffman Published