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Sonal Desai

Sonal Desai

Sonal Desai, PhD, is a portfolio manager and director of research for the Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group's international bond department. She is responsible for shaping the research agenda of the international bond department and providing macroeconomic analysis to the fixed income team. This includes facilitating broader research efforts leveraging the fixed income group's local resources across global markets. Dr. Desai acts as a key resource for the firm's Fixed Income Policy Committee, which provides policy views on sectors, markets and currencies. Dr. Desai has over 18 years of experience in the financial sector. She joined Franklin Templeton in 2009 from Thames River Capital in London, where she was responsible for shaping the top-down global view on macroeconomic and market developments. She started her career as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh, and then worked for over six years at the International Monetary Fund, in Washington DC. She was involved in the negotiation and monitoring of IMF programs in several emerging market countries and in the assessment of the overall design and effectiveness of IMF adjustment programs. Dr. Desai holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University and earned a BA with honours from Delhi University in New Delhi.

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Citywire Rating:

sector performance

funds managed

fund total return standard deviation max drawdown
Templeton Global Currency Fund;A -3.9 % 5.2 -10.6 %

League Table - Rank 13/15 (4th quartile)

rank Manager Return
11 Jonathan E. Lewis 11. Jonathan E. Lewis 0.5%
11 Iraj Kani 11. Iraj Kani 0.5%
13 Michael Hasenstab 13. Michael Hasenstab -3.9%
13 Sonal Desai 13. Sonal Desai -3.9%
15 Heydon Traub 15. Heydon Traub -35.6%
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Total Return

Month by Month Performance

Quarterly (to 31/03/2018)

year Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2018 0.8%
2017 0.5% 2.9% -1.5% 0.6% -1.5%
2016 0.6% -0.5% -0.9% -1.3% 3.4%
2015 -9.5% -4.1% -0.4% -5.8% 0.5%
2014 -7.4% -1.5% 2.7% -4.0% -4.6%
2013 -3.6% 2.3% -0.4%

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