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A growth story

Did you know that the emerging market economies make up more than half of the world's GDP?

Emerging economies are growing faster than the developed world. In 1980, emerging markets made up 37% of the world's global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Today, this figure has risen to more than 60%. Although the International Monetary Fund currently expects an unprecedented decline in global GDP growth due to Covid-19, the emerging market economy will most likely be hit less. For 2021, the estimated growth for the emerging markets is almost 50% higher than for developed markets.

Gross Domestic Product growth estimate for 2021


Developed Markets



Emerging Markets

A growing economy means more jobs, wealthier consumers, and higher sales for companies’ products and services. That means a more stable economic system for your investments, more diversified opportunities, and greater potential for growth.

  • For illustrative and discussion purposes only.

  • Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, April 2020. Due to the high level of uncertainty in current global economic conditions, the April WEO database provides only projections for GDP data through 2021.

Leading in technology innovation

Did you know that 66% of emerging markets' research and development (R&D) spending comes from the information technology sector?

Emerging markets aren’t playing catch-up with developed markets — they are forging ahead. Innovators are leading the way in new and advanced technologies and are presenting investors with often untapped growth potential.

In 2019, 66% of R&D spending in emerging markets came from the IT sector, compared to only 18% in developed markets.


Developed Markets



Emerging Markets

E-commerce, digital payments, mobile banking, and electric cars are just some of the areas where several emerging markets have left the developed world behind. With R&D spending in the information technology sector at record levels, it’s the innovators with their sights set on the future who are driving emerging market growth.

  • For illustrative and discussion purposes only.

  • Source: MSCI, Factset. April 2020. MSCI makes no warranties and shall have no liability with respect to any MSCI data reproduced herein. No further redistribution or use is permitted. This report is not prepared or endorsed by MSCI. ©FactSet Research Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved. See for additional data provider information. Holdings are subject to change.

More resilient than you think

Did you know that more than half of emerging markets' exports are to other emerging economies?

Independence and resilience – these are the qualities that could allow emerging markets to continue to grow and, importantly, for that growth to be sustainable.

In 2000, only a third of goods exported from the emerging markets made their way to other emerging markets. In today’s emerging world, demand is higher and 56% of exports are intra-emerging market trades.


of exports in 2000



of exports in 2019

Why does this matter? Because emerging markets are no longer as vulnerable to external shocks from the developed countries. They no longer feel the ripples from them as much as they once did, whether that be a reduction in trade, a strong US dollar or a fall in commodity prices.

  • For illustrative and discussion purposes only.

  • Source: International Monetary Fund, Direction of Trade Statistics, April 2020.

Are you an emerging markets guru?

Test your perceptions with our short quiz.

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1 / 4

Over the past three years^, global stock markets have done quite well. The MSCI All Country World Index went up 10% annually*. How much did the stock market go up in China?
^ in Euro and as at 31 January 2019

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  • 15%
  • 13%
  • 11%
  • 9%
2 / 4

Rank the following countries in order of BMW car sales in 2018.

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3 / 4

What % of emerging markets exports go to other emerging market countries?

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  • LESS THAN 30%
  • 30% - 40%
  • 40% - 50%
  • 50% +
4 / 4

Which of these countries consumes more Guinness than Ireland?

Select the correct country from the list below

  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Nigeria
  • China
1 / 4

Which one of these countries has the biggest representation^ on the list of the world’s largest 100 companies (after the US)?
^ Weighted by market capitalisation

Select the correct country

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • China
  • United Kingdom
  • Japan
2 / 4

Three of these stock markets went up by around 50% over the past three years^. Which one did not?
^ Cumulative Returns in Euro and as at 30.06.2019

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3 / 4

Which of the following retail events generates the most online revenue?

Select the correct holiday from the list below

  • Black Friday in the US
  • Cyber Monday in the US
  • US Thanksgiving sales
  • Singles Day in China
4 / 4

Out of the following countries, which has the fastest mobile internet connection speed on average?

Select the correct sim card

  • USA
  • Sweden
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
7 / 8

Which one of these is not among the largest five companies in the world?

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You were probably surprised by some of the answers. Want to find out more about emerging markets?

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How can I invest?

Seize the potential of emerging market growth and innovation today. We offer a full range of equity, fixed income, and multi-asset funds. Selected funds are listed below.

Sub-funds of Franklin Templeton Investment Funds, a Luxembourg-registered SICAV (“FTIF”).


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Global resources, a local presence and a strong track record.

Franklin Templeton is a pioneer in the emerging markets with experience on the ground since the first emerging market mutual fund was launched in 1987.

We focus on how we can deliver your investment goals. We do this by discovering the emerging market growth stories that drive these exciting and innovative economies.


Offices globally


Years track record
in emerging markets




  • Argentina
  • Buenos Aires
  • Brazil
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • São Paulo
  • USA
  • New York


  • Austria
  • Vienna
  • Poland
  • Warsaw
  • Romania
  • Bucharest
  • South Africa
  • Cape Town
  • Turkey
  • Istanbul
  • UAE
  • Dubai
  • UK
  • Edinburgh
  • London


  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • India
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Malaysia
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • South Korea
  • Seoul
  • Singapore

For illustrative and discussion purposes only.

Source: Franklin Templeton, September 2020.

Please get in touch with your financial advisor to find out which emerging markets investment makes sense for your portfolio.