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Emerging markets a staple for investors

Mr Sukumar Rajah believes emerging markets offer [(Q&A)]a large and wide investment opportunity[/(Q&A)], and cites [(Q&A)]the growing consumer market, technological advances, improving governance and attractive valuations as compelling reasons to inv
Mr Sukumar Rajah believes emerging markets offer [(Q&A)]a large and wide investment opportunity[/(Q&A)], and cites [(Q&A)]the growing consumer market, technological advances, improving governance and attractive valuations as compelling reasons to invest in the segment.[/(Q&A)]ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Sukumar Rajah, senior managing director at Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity, discusses his market outlook in our series featuring fund managers and financial experts.

Singapore-based Sukumar Rajah - who is also director of portfolio management - is responsible for overseeing Asian equity strategies as well as single-country, regional and multi-country products among other responsibilities. These include being lead portfolio manager for the Templeton Asian Growth Fund (US$3.3 billion or S$4.5 billion under management) and the Franklin India Fund (US$2.1 billion under management).

Mr Rajah joined Pioneer ITI in 1994, which was acquired by Franklin Templeton in 2002. He earned his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline 'Emerging markets a staple for investors'. Print Edition | Subscribe