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Recap: Ariel Emerging Markets Value Panel Discussion

This year, Ariel launched new Emerging Markets Value and Emerging Markets Value Ex-China portfolios, which began trading on April 30, 2023 and May 31, 2023, respectively.

As Ariel’s leadership has methodically grown the firm, the goal has always been to expand its capabilities patiently and opportunistically with complementary strategies. This year, a dedicated emerging markets strategy became a next natural product extension for the firm.

As part of this launch, on August 10th, Ariel’s Emerging Markets Value (EMV) portfolio management team convened in New York City for cocktails and an on-the-record conversation with members of the press.

After opening remarks by Founder, Chairman, Co-CEO and CIO John W. Rogers, Jr., Global and Emerging Markets Equities Chief Investment Officer Henry Mallari-D’Auria, and Emerging Markets Value Portfolio Managers Christine Phillpotts and Vlad Byalik joined a panel, moderated by Chief Communications Officer Arielle Patrick.

The discussion tackled what Ariel’s EMV leaders consider to be common misconceptions about emerging markets countries, economies and companies, including:

“Myth” #1: That emerging markets (EMs) are the “little brothers” or “copycats” of developed market (DM) countries – adopting the same technologies, emulating DM business models or taking similar approaches to grow.

“Myth” #2: That investments in EMs—particularly in Africa—can be inherently riskier for investors than opportunities in DMs.

“Myth” #3: That the trend toward de-globalization—particularly following pandemic supply chain issues—may threaten or end the EM growth boom.

View the webinar above to hear Ariel’s portfolio managers’ outlooks on these topics, and responses to audience questions on current events, trends and opportunities investors are missing in the asset class.

In this conversation, Ariel’s emerging markets portfolio management team labels certain assumptions as “myths,” though this positioning is purely based on their opinions, backed by research in the asset class.

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