Global team provides local insights into developing countries.

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Emerging markets portfolio manager Samy Muaddi connects virtually with analysts around the globe to discuss findings from field visits.

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Emerging market bonds. Some people see it as an investment. I see it as an opportunity. An opportunity to generate the capital that’s needed to finance infrastructure, create employment, and broaden the tax base in developing countries. Emerging market bonds can be an engine for economic development.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes the capital is squandered and the opportunity is lost. The unexpected is a daily occurrence in my profession.

And I can’t do it alone. Emerging market investing is a team sport.

Hello, hello, can you hear me?

Hello, Samy. We can hear you well.

Good. How is the weather in London?

Oh great, it’s raining finally.

Oh, well welcome back. I’m curious to hear about your site visit.

It went very well. We found it to be insightful, and it was good to be on the ground actually visiting the plant. It’s made us feel more comfortable with our investment decision.

Yeah, I’d agree.

Cognitive diversity is essential to understanding emerging markets. Our team has 60 investment professionals from 23 nationalities speaking 27 languages.

We make over 200 site visits a year. On-the-ground research generating investment ideas that are debated by a diverse team leads to informed decision-making.

Ultimately, when you're investing in developing countries, you're not just buying into a business—you're trying to solve complex challenges of society, business, politics, and culture.

We focus on the details, not just the headlines.

These countries won’t grow without capital. The lives of thousands of people can be affected by a small investment in the corner of that country’s industrial sector.

It takes a degree of intellectual humility to do this job given the amount of unknowns.

With the help of my team, I make these decisions on behalf of our clients, every day. Across hundreds of businesses. Spanning over 70 countries.

And that’s why I go beyond the numbers.

 
“Emerging market investing is a team sport.”
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Samy Muaddi, CFA
INVESTMENT PROFESSIONAL, U.S. EQUITY DIVISION

“Passion for the asset class is key in this business. I work during U.S. hours then put my daughter to bed and work on Asia hours. You're not going to want to do that unless you're passionate about the field you're in.”

HOME BASE
Baltimore, Maryland

EXPERIENCE
12 years of investment experience, all of which have been at T. Rowe Price

EDUCATION
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Maryland

INTERESTING FACT
Has traveled to over 70 countries in the last ten years.

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