Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Equity

Why Abe’s Victory Could Help Lift Japanese Stocks

“In our view, Abe’s victory could lead to four more years of pro-growth policies and the possibility of a second term for the very ultra-dovish Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda.” – Templeton Global Equity Group’s Cindy Sweeting and Alan Chua

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Equity

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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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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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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Equity

What’s Driving US, European Voter Resentment?

Voters in a democracy often respond more to perception than reality, particularly when it comes to issues of patriotism, pride and identity. It isn’t always just about the bottom line.

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Value Unbound: The Implications of a Nascent Value Revival

During the (tech) bubble, all it took to topple tech stocks priced for perfection was a little bit of bad news. Just a little bit of good news may be sufficient today to spark a recovery among value stocks that seem to be pricing in permanent disappointment.

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Can European Banks Rebound from the “Triple Whammy”?

Although we expect banks will likely have to raise their loan-loss provisions for energy borrowers in the near term, we don’t believe it will significantly crimp their bottom lines.

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Alternatives

Oil’s Well That Ends Well?

With the modest-at-best global economic recovery after the still front-of-mind global financial crisis trauma from 2008-2009 … markets are understandably preoccupied with the scope for unpleasant shocks.

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On January Barometers and Market Bargains

We are now witnessing historic extremes in the discount afforded to value relative to growth, quality and safety. While this environment has been (and may remain) painful for some time, the eventual normalization of these extremes represents the most compelling opportunities in equity markets today.

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A Year for Value?

While stocks are certainly vulnerable to near-term volatility, we think the asset class globally remains well positioned for long-term performance potential.

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Greece’s Precarious Position

Given how fluid this situation is currently, attempting to assign probabilities to a Greek exit scenario remains a moving target on a daily basis.

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Buying Time: Why We Think M&A Is Here to Stay

In an environment of still-moderate global economic growth that may not promise great rewards for new investment or capital expenditure, the market appears more prepared to accept that well-thought-out M&A, financed by lower-cost capital and low interest rates, could be quickly accretive.