Beyond Bulls & Bears

Turn That Frown Upside Down: Reasons to Be Optimistic about UK Equities
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Turn That Frown Upside Down: Reasons to Be Optimistic about UK Equities

Colin Morton and Ben Russon of Franklin UK Equity team outline some positive signs for the UK economy that they think don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Equity Income: Why the UK Could Be a Productive Hunting Ground
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Equity Income: Why the UK Could Be a Productive Hunting Ground

“Today, investment managers running an income franchise have got a much broader palette of opportunity than they’ve had for some time. In fact, we think the current climate provides one of the broadest selections of attractive dividend yielding stocks that we can remember.” - Colin Morton, Portfolio Manager, Franklin UK Equity team

Have We Reached Maximum Brexit Pessimism Yet?
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Have We Reached Maximum Brexit Pessimism Yet?

Newspaper headlines might suggest there’s little reason to cheer for UK equity investors right now. However, Colin Morton, vice president and portfolio manager, Franklin UK Equity team, believes the current despondent sentiment that pervades the United Kingdom could present some interesting opportunities to pick up a bargain. Just don’t ask him about catalysts for improvement.

Why We’re Not Obsessing over the Brexit Effect
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Why We’re Not Obsessing over the Brexit Effect

It’s approaching crunch time for Brexit. The resolution is far from clear, but Colin Morton, vice president and portfolio manager, Franklin UK Equity team, believes the time has come to start looking past the short-term effects of the United Kingdom’s divorce. He suggests investors should focus on factors that might influence their portfolios once the outcome has been decided.

What Might Be More Important than Brexit to UK Equities Is…
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What Might Be More Important than Brexit to UK Equities Is…

“We think there are reasons to believe Brexit should represent just a blip on the country’s long-term economic prospects. Although it may feel like a major issue right now, Brexit likely won’t define the United Kingdom in 5-10 years.” - Colin Morton, UK Equity team.

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

Let’s Not Get Complacent About Brexit Just Yet
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Let’s Not Get Complacent About Brexit Just Yet

We think it’s unlikely that the situation today is representative of what will happen as the progress towards the United Kingdom’s eventual exit from the EU unfolds.

UK Equity Outlook: Headwinds and Tailwinds
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UK Equity Outlook: Headwinds and Tailwinds

We are hoping that some of the spill-over effects of the extraordinary monetary policy in place in economies across the world, coupled with the passing of time, will inject a little bit of pizzazz into the equity markets this coming year.

In the Know: The UK Election 2015

In the Know: The UK Election 2015

The obvious big winners from the election result, in our view, are likely to be those sectors that had the potential to be impacted by a change in the political hue of the government such as house builders, real estate companies, utilities, tobacco companies and support service businesses.

In the Know: The UK Budget 2015

In the Know: The UK Budget 2015

There was no big pre-election giveaway, but instead a number of incremental positives, notably for the oil and asset-gathering sectors.

The Cure for Low Oil Prices?

The Cure for Low Oil Prices?

Our analysis now centres on an estimation of the break-even price of oil and, in particular, how much it costs to get a barrel of oil out of the ground, because that will likely have significant implications on investment in the sector in the future.

Redefining the Large- Vs Small-Cap Debate

Redefining the Large- Vs Small-Cap Debate

A lot of investors looking for equity values want to try to split the market into large-, mid- and small-cap. I think what's been going on recently is a little bit more complicated than that.