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Emerging markets growth, convenience push mobile content and commerce

If you think mobile content and commerce are just buzzwords at the moment, or concepts you should look at for the future, think again. Nearly 90% of mobile users already engage in mobile content and commerce.

That’s up from 82% last year. That growth isn’t about to start slowing down either, especially as people in emerging markets get access to increasingly affordable, sophisticated mobile technology.


The biggest rises in mobile content and commerce are in growth markets, including India (85 to 90%) and South Africa (89 to 95%). In contrast mature markets such as the UK have remained static at 91% for 2011 and 2012.


The big drivers for this increase in mobile growth would be the median age of these nations, India has a median age of 25 and under and South Africa is 26 and under l. The growing middle class continues to drive growth in these regions and that is being reflected in company earnings.


Airtel is Indian based phone company in New Dheli  represents one of India’s largest telecom company. They have over 261 Million subscriptions worldwide and has seen continued growth of new subscriptions.


The continued growth in the telecom world will continue to experience faster growth and increase market share from these driving economies which will continue to see growth from these young populations demanding more sophisticated devices and competition with this sector.


The overall sentiment continues to grow and Emerging Markets are now vital for growth in one’s investment portfolio going forward the facts can no longer be ignored. Emerging markets represents over 80% of the world population, 34% of the worlds GDP and growing and 75% of the world lands mass.


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Written by Sam A.






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Latin American Middle Class Grows by 50 Million

Back in 2003, the middle class population of Latin America and the Caribbean was about 103 million. In 2009, it was an estimated 152 million, an increase of almost 50 percent. The increase is due to a successful result of the economic policy by Latin American and Caribbean governments. But the lower class has grown even larger, according to a recent report by the World Bank. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, says that one third of the population is still in poverty. Although little progress was made in the region to reduce poverty and grow the middle class, more recent changes show that this impressive boost is due to economic stability and growth in the region along with more recent changes emphasizing the delivery of social programs.


Middle class within LAC are not considered rich but are economically secure – or have less than 10% chance of slipping into poverty. An earning of at least $14,000 per year, would put a family of four into the middle class. A household making less than $4 a day is considered poor, while those earning from $4 to $10 are economically vulnerable. Today, the middle class and the poor account for roughly the same share of the population – 29% and 31% in that order – while the economically vulnerable now make up the majority. A rapid growing middle class only means positivity for the economy and investors.


Written by Melissa W.



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Latvia Gets a Double Dose of Good News

Latvia received a double-dose of good news last week in that the country reported a strong gain in third-quarter output and had its credit rating raised by one notch at S&P.

“To their huge credit they buckled under, took the pain and austerity and pushed forward with structural reforms, and are now growing” an S&P spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The strong economic performance out of Latvia, a Baltic state neighboring Russia, was on the back of a deficit reduction plan estimated at 1.6% in 2012.

While the credit default market’s reaction was relatively muted and only moved default swaps down 2 bps, the upgrade in the Latvia’s credit rating will almost certainly help lower borrowing costs for the country’s government issued fixed income and sovereign debt.

Both the Excel EM High Income Fund and the Excel Emerging Europe Fund invest in this region of the world. And with exposures to both fixed income and equity markets, and boasting “on the ground” professional managers, Excel Funds provides the Canadian investor with opportunities to profit in uniquely compelling markets that for the most part remain untapped outside of only the institutional investor.

Written by Jack S.

Halas, Sedder. Latvia Gets a Double Dose of Good News – Emerging Europe Real Time, Wall Street Journal.


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Emerging Markets drive Coca-Cola Profits

The Coca-Cola Co. says its net income rose 3 per cent in the third quarter, as the world’s biggest beverage maker expanded in in emerging markets and sold more of its sports drinks and teas at home.

The Atlanta-based company, which makes Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid and Dasani water, says global sales volume rose 4 per cent during the period. But the growth was more pronounced in emerging markets, where Coca-Cola has been looking to capitalize on the growing ranks of middle-class consumers.

In its flagship North American market, the company said sales volume rose by 2 per cent. The increase was driven by what Coke refers to as “still beverages,” such as Powerade, Gold Peak and Fuze teas. Its sparkling beverage unit, which includes its namesake soft drink, was flat from a year ago.

In India, by contrast, the company saw a 34 per cent increase for its Coca-Cola brand and a 15 per cent increase for Sprite. Overall sales volume in India was up 15 per cent during the period.

This is a message that we must communicate to our clients, this just goes to prove on how large multinationals continue to seek growth outside of the traditional markets. This growth that we continue to see and growing middle class goes to show the importance of having exposure to these markets are so important. The Excel Blue Chip Fund is great for investors seeking exposure to these markets, but having the comfort of staying at home with their investments.

Written by Sam A.

Source: Emerging markets drive Coca-Cola profits

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Fast-food company Yum Brands predicts more strong growth in China in 2013

Despite the slowing of the economy, the owner of Yum Brands predict that its fast growing China business will have another strong profit growth next year. There will also be more menu options in the coming year for Taco Bell in the U.S. Yum’s stock rose more than 8% to $71 in afternoon trading. The executives are confident that they will gain 15% profit growth in China next year. Analysts are forecasting a rebound in China late this year or in early 2013 after the economic growth fell to 7.6% this past spring. That turnaround in China, couples with strong profit growth at its restaurants in the U.S. and else ware around the world, helped Yum post a 23% increase in its third-quarter net income. China has 4,000 KFCs and has ramped up its breakfast offerings. Pizza Hut has a growing presence there too. In the U.S., Taco Bell has been the catalyst behind Yum’s strong performance. Third-quarter operating profit in the U.S. rose 13 per cent. Sales in U.S. restaurants open at least a year rose by 7% at Taco Bell in the quarter. This year alone, Yum expects to open up at least 750 stores in China. Yum has more than 38,000 restaurants in more than 120 countries and territories.


“But as I’ve said before, China is going to have its inevitable ups and downs. … We now face a slowing economy. But that doesn’t change our long-term outlook in China one iota,” Yum Chairman and CEO David C. Novak told industry analysts Wednesday. People still have hope for China and its long term growth potential. By owning our China fund, investors will gain investment exposure to one of the fastest growing regions in the world and benefit from the strengthening currency of China. And if the risk is too high for certain clients, our Blue Chip is another option where Yum brands is constantly on the radar. With our Blue Chip, investors are able to participate in the growth of the economies with lower volatility. So, you get the best of both worlds; the stability of the developed worlds, U.S and Canada, and the growth from the Emerging Markets.


Written by Melissa W.



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Institutions are increasingly searching for alternative yields…

Melanie Trimbell, of the Financial Standard, recently wrote Fund Managers are bullish on Bonds due to the recent announcement of QE3 and the ECB’s concerted bond buying program.

In an interview with Trimbell, Geoff Pidgeon head of asset management for HSBC in Australia said “ institutions are increasingly searching for alternative yields”.

The article does a good job of explaining the dynamics of the fixed income market in terms of local denominated fixed income and hard currency, or USD denominated, fixed income. Historically emerging markets offered higher yields but were not considered safe havens. However recent noticeable momentum in spreads and fundamental resilience in Asia’s corporate fixed income space has led to Asia fixed income having increased appeal.

The Excel Income Funds have done a great job for investors in participating in yield enhanced geographic areas ,such as Asian Fixed Income, as well as other regions that Sergei Strigo identifies as having momentum.

Written by Jack S.

Read more [webpage]: http://www.financialstandard.com.au/news/view/23140897

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It looks as though since the rally in domestic securities portfolio managers across the board are less bullish on domestic securities.

The fact of the matter is that Domestic evaluations are within line of expectations and emerging markets represent attractive evaluations on a forward

Basis. I have looked at the Hang Seng VS. TSX and have seen great value and upside in the Hang Seng.


Hang Seng


PE Ratio: 10.55


Forward Basis: 11.02






PE Ratio: 15.3


Forward Basis: 14.08


Canadian managers are most enthusiastic about emerging markets equities, with 62% holding a favorable outlook on the asset class

The evaluations on a forward basis for the Hang Seng in this example provides great value to investors with long term growth horizons.

Fundamentals of EM space is undeniable  with 75% of Global growth coming from EM Space and when by 2030 EM will represent close to

55% of global market cap, no surprise PM’s alike are bullish on this asset class.


As IA’s build portfolios they must keep in mind the opportunities and great evaluations to  have their clients situated for long term growth

Potential in economies that will soon be recognized as the largest in the world.


Written by Sam A.