Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

The [Austrian election] result was widely expected, but the outcome may send a few jitters through Europe.”—Franklin Templeton European Trading Desk team

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Equity

Why the Indian Equity Market May Need to Swallow a Bitter Pill

A slew of government reforms may have disrupted the Indian stock market in the short term. However, Sukumar Rajah, managing director and chief investment officer, Asian Equity, believes those reforms and a growing Indian middle class could present opportunities for long-term investors.

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Alternatives

Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

“While we cannot predict market tops or bottoms, we can be prudent in how we position portfolios contextually. Perhaps now is the time to consider dialing back risk to some degree. We believe the easy money in this cycle has already been made.” - K2 Advisors

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Perspectives

Does Macron’s EU Reform Agenda Need German Support?

"Without an eager partner in Germany, I think Macron will face challenges implementing his more radical eurozone reforms. Although there is broad support for unification in the wake of last year’s Brexit vote, some of the EU’s Eastern European partners are using all the brakes to prevent unification. I see it as a long road to reach that goal.” – Philippe Brugere-Trelat, Franklin Mutual Series

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What’s Next for Europe as Merkel Is Re-elected

"We think the level of support for AfD does reflect a protest vote from people who have been unhappy with the direction things have been going in Germany. That could have an influence on Merkel’s approach as she looks past her election victory.” - David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group

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Why Gold-Mining Stocks Could Regain Some Luster

"It seems to us that gold’s inability to hold a rally over the last 18 months has created fatigue with investors. As a result, many investors have felt they should sell into rallies. However, given the overall global macroeconomic backdrop, this view may be creating an interesting opportunity for longer-term investors.” – Steve Land, Franklin Equity Group

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Time to Reset Expectations?

Global markets have been relatively calm this summer despite many uncertainties. Geopolitical risks have continued across the globe, and in some areas, looming monetary policy changes also appear likely. A key question for many investors is whether the sleepy summer period of low volatility will give way to a more turbulent autumn. Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders offer their perspective on the markets and discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

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Is France on the Cusp of a Thatcher Moment?

French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to take on France’s powerful unions as he attempts to overhaul the country’s labour code. Here, Philippe Brugere-Trelat, Franklin Mutual Series executive vice president, explains why a Macron victory on this front could open up opportunities for investing in French equities.

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UK Equity: What Dividends Can Tell Us About UK Economic Sentiment

“Special dividends may indicate that companies would rather return money to shareholders than expand. There could be a lack of investment opportunities and potential concerns around Brexit and future UK economic growth.” - Colin Morton, portfolio manager, UK Equity team

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An Opportune Time to Change Investors’ Perception of Investing in Europe

“Gross domestic product growth in the euro area has quietly overtaken that of the United States so far this year. But the risks once associated with political uncertainty, populism and fears over the possible break-up of the European Union (EU) have not proven as potent as they initially appeared.” Robert Mazzuoli, portfolio manager, Franklin Local Asset Management

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Macron at 100 Days: New French President Faces Busy Autumn

“Although polls have shown that Macron’s approval ratings have fallen since the election, I don’t see this drop as cause for concern. The ebbs and flows of popular polls are natural, in my opinion, following the giant wave of hope that swept Macron into office. That hope is now meeting the cold light of reality.”– Philippe Brugere-Trelat, Executive Vice President, Franklin Mutual Series

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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.