At Templeton Emerging Markets Group, we believe Asia’s combination of rapid economic growth, generally strong national finances and economic fundamentals has created an attractive landscape for equity investors. Seismic changes have been taking place in Asia’s political arena over the past couple of years, including major elections, leadership transitions and even a military coup. These political shifts have economic reform implications as well. Although some of these reforms are historically unprecedented, we believe they offer investors reasons to be optimistic. In particular, smaller companies in emerging markets appear poised to potentially benefit amid more market-friendly reforms that break down barriers to entry and inspire entrepreneurship. Additionally, since small-cap companies are driven primarily by domestic demand, the recent drop in oil prices could be an added boon to these companies by freeing up consumer dollars. Expectations of high economic growth rates in emerging Asia (driven by China and India) remain a key attraction to us.