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2018 challenged emerging markets (EM). Political uncertainty, trade wars and central bank policies caused the markets to price in no growth for EM. Despite these difficulties, Patricia Ribeiro and the Emerging Markets team think 2019 will be a positive year for EM. Get her take on the opportunities and challenges ahead in this 2019 outlook.
While last year's market environment was challenging, learn why we believe it led to opportunities in 2019.
Consider current conditions as short-term difficulties and remain focused on the longer-term positive outlook for the region.
2018 hasn't been kind to emerging markets. Sr. Portfolio Manager Patricia Ribeiro believes fears of contagion, which never materialized, caused the recent volatility. Read why she's still encouraged by opportunities.
October 29, 2018
Global trade wars, higher U.S. interest rates, and a stronger U.S. dollar combined to send emerging markets toward bear market territory.
Client Portfolio Manager Nathan Chaudoin provides a unique look beyond the headlines at emerging markets' still-solid fundamentals.
- Patricia Riberio, Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager
Our distinctive philosophy centers on identifying companies that are positioned for an acceleration in earnings and revenue. By focusing on the rate of change and positive earnings momentum, rather than an absolute rate of growth, we can capitalize on a different opportunity set than many competitors and gives us the potential for differentiated returns across market cycles.
We recognize the macroeconomic environment's impact on companies, but incorporate it with our bottom-up, individual stock analysis. We believe that focusing on company fundamentals rather than country headlines helps build a high conviction portfolio. It is the market's inefficiency and its slowness to recognize positive inflections points that gives our growth philosophy an advantage to discover companies ignores by our competition.
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The Emerging Markets team is based out of our New York office. This office includes five teams that manage global and non-U.S. portfolios using the same time-tested growth philosophy and fundamental discipline. Our five teams interact through daily research meeting and share macroeconomic, political, company, competitor and supplier data among the portfolio teams. This meeting facilitates the sharing of information amongst investment teams so that they are able systematically gather global information and use that information to make timely investment decisions. The Emerging Markets strategy benefits from the free flow of ideas that is generated by this collaborative environment.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Industry start: 1984
Firm start: 2006
Industry start: 1995
Firm start: 2011
Client Portfolio Manager
Industry start: 2000
Firm start: 2014
Emerging Markets are a diverse collection of countries, each with their own economic, political and cultural distinctions. These distinctions along with historically low analyst coverage create significant inefficiencies that can be exploited by the right manager.
View the Emerging Markets fund details along with important fund documents.
The opinions expressed are those of American Century Investments (or the portfolio manager) and are no guarantee of the future performance of any American Century Investments' portfolio. This material has been prepared for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon for, investment, accounting, legal or tax advice.