Making Investing In Emerging Market Equities More Approachable

Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Todd Mathias
Vice President, Senior ETF Product Specialist
Franklin Templeton


Nate Williams
Vice President, ETF Team Director- Retail
Franklin Templeton


David Armstrong - Moderator


After a long bull market in the U.S. caused many portfolios to become very U.S. equity-centric, 2019 has seen a shift in greater focus placed on the importance of asset allocation. Emerging market equities, in particular, are being evaluated as an attractive investment opportunity due to ongoing reforms, a robust earnings outlook, and attractive valuations when compared to U.S. equities.

However, many investors may remain under-allocated or absent emerging market equities due to a home country bias, fears of increased volatility and perceived investment risk. Whether investors find themselves needing to increase their allocation – or having to add it back into their portfolio – many agree that emerging market equities are an important part of long-term strategic asset allocation.

Emerging markets smart beta ETFs may be an affordable means of pursuing portfolio outcomes while addressing some of the concerns investors have about emerging markets. Smart beta ETFs offer a factor-based and transparent approach to security selection. A clear understanding of the methodology and desired outcomes may help investors set and maintain a strategic asset allocation, creating a more approachable way to invest.

In this webinar, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Why emerging market equities are a compelling opportunity
  • A review of Smart Beta ETFs
  • What outcomes a multi-factor strategy with a focus on quality can help you achieve

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