Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Why It’s Time to Get Back to Basics

“We think the good earnings growth so far this year provides a reasonably positive corporate earnings backdrop for the rest of the year. The earnings backdrop should play an important role in [UK] small-cap performance going forward, especially compared against the top end of the market, where the tailwind of sterling depreciation has now virtually faded.” – Richard Bullas, Franklin UK Equity team, August 15, 2017.

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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

"Last week was quiet until sleepy summer markets were woken by a war of words between North Korea and the United States, with both sides threatening military action. On the back of this we saw a de-risking across asset classes, and global equity markets declined across the board." - Franklin Templeton European Trading Desk team

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Navigating an Uncertain Second Half

Receding political anxiety and a gathering economic recovery in Europe helped global equity markets advance in the first half of 2017. Yet Templeton Global Equity Group’s Cindy Sweeting and Tony Docal say investors should be somewhat cautious in the second half of the year. They believe rich stock valuations and shifting central bank policies could lead to bouts of volatility.

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How Our Investment Assumptions Colour Our Mid-Cap Strategy

In a year filled with economic and political uncertainty, it remains difficult to predict what the future holds. While Paul Spencer, Franklin UK Equity team, shuns the crystal ball, he presents some base-case expectations in the United Kingdom to underpin his investment approach.

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Addressing Always-Connected Technology

"We believe the transition to technology-on-demand will likely integrate technology even further in our day-to-day lives in the years ahead.” - Matt Moberg, Franklin Equity Group

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Value Update: Where Is the Next Pocket of Opportunity?

"As the anticipated value rally gains steam, we think non-US stocks should begin to benefit. Like the value universe a year ago, non-US equities today look to us to be undervalued, under-owned, and exposed to positive catalysts, including improving corporate fundamentals, economic tailwinds and political and policy support.” - Templeton Global Equity Group

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Perspectives

Uncharted Terrain: Today’s Global Market Drivers

Despite some uncertainties, economic improvements in developed and emerging markets have supported a positive mood across both equity and fixed income this year. However, with some risks on the horizon, many investors are wondering whether the tide may turn. Against this backdrop, Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

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UK Election Result: Grounds for Optimism in the Medium Term?

“The UK election result came as a shock to most observers, but early indications suggest financial markets don’t view it as an end of the world scenario. And there are indications that some positives could emerge over the medium term.” Colin Morton, vice president, portfolio manager, UK Equity Team, June 9, 2017.

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The Politics of Health Care

“There have been huge breakthroughs in gene therapy as well as in the area of cancer treatment. Major waves of innovation are a reflection of the exponential leaps in basic research and our understanding of human biology, which are now bearing fruit.” - Evan McCulloch, Franklin Equity Group

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French Election Result: Macron Wins, But Can He Deliver?

There were no surprises as French voters elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president after the second round of voting.

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US Equities: Policy Smoke or Solid Pillars?

We continue to see potential opportunities in many sectors of the market, but one area we are particularly excited about is the technology sector. Even more exciting and less obvious are the behind-the-scenes, technology-driven transformations taking place in many industries outside of the technology sector.

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The Current State of the US Utilities Sector

Speculation about further interest-rate increases and potential tax reform has caused some market disruption and volatility, which could continue, but we still see a healthy investment backdrop for the utilities sector in general.