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Equity

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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Equity

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.

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UK Spring Budget: Out with a Whimper, Just as Hammond Hoped

The [UK] chancellor painted a becalmed picture of steady economic growth for the United Kingdom. Of course, that picture may be at odds with many people’s expectations, particularly given the likely Brexit negotiation process due to take place during that period.

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Equity

Union Budget 2017-18: Key Takeaways

In our view, the 2017-18 Union Budget struck a balance in regard to projected government spending—tackling the deficit, while supporting sector growth through public spending.

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Australian Equity Outlook: The China Connection

We believe the change of administration in the United States could well presage significant political and economic change. The most obvious risk to Australia is trade protectionism.

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Equity

Could the Rally in Global Equities Keep Rolling?

If a policy-driven boost to growth doesn’t materialize, the markets, which have moved on the possibility of real change, could reverse just as fast.

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The Sectors Most Likely to Cheer US Tax Reform

It’s always tough to gauge the impact of policy shifts in isolation. However, we think broad tax reform combined with other fiscal stimulus measures, such as infrastructure spending and repatriation of foreign profits, can be very effective (at least in the short term) in providing a boost or acceleration in gross domestic product growth over the next several years.