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Mobius May Double Size of Russia Portfolio

Published: July 31, 2009 (Issue # 1496)


Mark Mobius said Wednesday that he plans to double Templeton Asset Managements emerging-market assets to $50 billion within two years.

Templeton may also allocate more funds to Russia, which could theoretically account for as much as 20 percent of its portfolio compared with 10 percent now, Mobius said in Volgograd. He didnt say how much of the portfolios growth would be because of the rising price of stocks and bonds.

Emerging markets will be the first to climb out of the crisis, and Russia will be one of the leaders, said Mobius, who oversees about $25 billion as executive chairman at Templeton. Authorities in those countries have the chance to act more promptly and decisively.

China is a top pick in emerging markets, followed by Brazil, and then India and Russia, Mobius said.

Before, purely driven by valuations, China and Brazil were cheaper. But now, Russian stocks look cheaper, so we expect Russian stocks to come up and become more important in Templeton funds, he added.

In Russia, Templeton is focused on commodity and consumer stocks, he said. Consumers are bad now but will be recovering and doing well next year.

Templeton may increase its 0.5 percent stake in RusHydro to as much as 10 percent, Mobius said. We dont have much investment in other Russian power companies because we feel RusHydro is the best, he said.

RusHydro is accepting bids until Aug. 10 for a secondary share offer at 1 ruble par value. Of a 16 billion share issue, the state has already used pre-emptive rights to buy 4.9 billion and private investors 2.3 billion, leaving the rest for the offer.





 


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Thursday, Apr. 24


Learn more about Denmark during the Danish Business Delegations visit to SPIBA this evening starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Danish Culture Institute. Danish Consul general Klaus Sorensen will be in attendance and the buffet following a presentation on Danish companies in Russia will be the perfect opportunity to network with the assembled businessmen.


AmChams Human Resources Committee Meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning in their St. Petersburg office. Check their website for more details.



Friday, Apr. 25


Light Music presents the main events for their Cultural Kitchen project at Loft-Project Etagi today. A B2B event that focuses on Finnish food, arts, travel, music and design, the evening will conclude with a dinner by chef Jyrki Tsutsunen and dancing to music by Aino Venna. The event, which began yesterday with presentations by tourism and cultural institutions, concludes today with a preview of Finlands Flow festival and other musical events. Invitations are available from www.culturalkitchen.fi.



Saturday, Apr. 26


At 6 p.m. this evening, stylist Liliana Modigliani offers 50 simple ways to up your style quotient with beauty tips at the Galeria shopping center on Ligovsky Prospekt. The event is part of the final day of the shopping malls Fashion Saturday sales event, this week focusing on top brands located on the ground floor as well as presentation from fashion experts on sprucing up your spring look.



Sunday, Apr. 27


Families shouldnt miss Childhood Planet 2014, the trade fair that started yesterday and concludes today at LenExpo. Not only will goods and services be provided for children and families but the event hopes to promote Russian brands and eco-friendly products using the latest technology available in the childcare industry.



Monday, Apr. 28


The Hotel Indigo will be the site of SPIBAs Acting Skills for HR and Other Managers master class this morning starting at 9 a.m. The event will begin with coffee before moving on to the class itself and conclude with a tour of the recently opened hotel. Confirm attendance by Apr. 24.



Tuesday, Apr. 29


Improve your English at the British Book Centers Interactive English Lesson tonight at 6 p.m. Students at pre-intermediate and intermediate levels are welcome discuss topics that are selected to help learners master the more difficult aspects of English grammar and vocabulary.