Beyond Bulls & Bears

Innovation Stretches Beyond Labels
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Innovation Stretches Beyond Labels

“We broadly agree with the GICS reclassification and believe the new sector homes for many stocks better reflect their core business lines. However, we might suggest the GICS reform doesn’t go far enough. As long-term investors, we classify companies according to their ‘end-market’, or the need that is being met.” – Matthew Moberg, Franklin Equity Group

New Innovation Spurring a Biotech Rejuvenation
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New Innovation Spurring a Biotech Rejuvenation

“We’ve seen medical advancements and breakthroughs in drugs and health care technology reach unprecedented levels in recent years. We foresee this potentially long cycle of innovation persisting.” – Evan McCulloch, Franklin Equity Group

Why We Think the US Equity Bull Market Could Keep Running into 2019
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Why We Think the US Equity Bull Market Could Keep Running into 2019

Now that the US equity bull market has officially hit the history books as the longest on record, some observers are concerned it could soon stumble. Grant Bowers, vice president and portfolio manager, Franklin Equity Group, outlines why he thinks it could keep running into 2019.

Standing Up to Disruption: The Future for Card Payment Systems
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Standing Up to Disruption: The Future for Card Payment Systems

“We believe there are pockets of potential investment opportunities among payment service providers with disruptive technologies and business models―those looking to consolidate the merchant acquirer and processor space with a single-platform approach―and companies with e-commerce platforms that have integrated omni-channel payments support.” - Diana Keenan, Franklin Equity Group

Convertible Securities: a Versatile Asset Class
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Convertible Securities: a Versatile Asset Class

“Given the run we’ve seen in the US equity market over the past few years, many investors may be concerned about stock valuations and their equity exposures. In this environment, some investors may want to consider select exposure to convertible securities.” – Alan Muschott, Franklin Equity Group

The Electrifying Outlook for Metals Demand
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The Electrifying Outlook for Metals Demand

“Overall, we see a positive backdrop developing over the next decade for metals tied to the global roll-out of electric vehicles, and see opportunity in natural resource companies with exposure to the key building blocks of an electrified future.” – Steve Land, Franklin Equity Group

What One US Mega-Deal Might Tell Us about M&A Prospects Globally
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What One US Mega-Deal Might Tell Us about M&A Prospects Globally

“The $86 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger was a response to growing disruption in the media/telecom/entertainment space traditional players have felt. There’s scarcely a sector out there that isn’t labouring under the threat of disruption.” - Sara Araghi and Marc Kremer

Oil Prices Hit Four-Year High, but Will the Surge Continue?
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Oil Prices Hit Four-Year High, but Will the Surge Continue?

For the first time in a long while, geopolitics has been driving oil prices higher in an already tight market. With oil prices recently hitting a four-year high, Fred Fromm, vice president and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group, shares his views on the oil-price surge and how he sees buoyant economic growth and investor concern about Middle-East risks once again reshaping the global energy industry.

A Big World for European Small- and Mid-Cap Stocks
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A Big World for European Small- and Mid-Cap Stocks

“In a potentially more uncertain market environment characterised by higher volatility and rising interest rates, we believe that in-depth stock analysis can uncover overlooked or unfairly punished European small-cap investments.” - Ed Lugo, Franklin Equity Group

Will 2018 Be a Record Year for US Dividend Increases?
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Will 2018 Be a Record Year for US Dividend Increases?

Since the passage of US tax reforms last December, some US companies have chosen to reward investors by boosting dividends. Citing sectoral trends, investment leaders from Franklin Equity Group explain why they think that trend is likely to continue in select industries.

Why Tech-Sector Volatility Doesn’t Worry Us
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Why Tech-Sector Volatility Doesn’t Worry Us

While a few companies in the US technology space have been in the hot seat lately, Jonathan Curtis, vice president and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group, is largely unfazed. He said temporary “blips” affecting certain stocks are par for the course as consumers get used to new technologies—and how they impact our lives. He sees the overall long-term fundamental backdrop for the sector as sound.

Keeping One’s Options Open: The Case for Global Convertibles
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Keeping One’s Options Open: The Case for Global Convertibles

When the outlook is uncertain, it can be good to keep one’s options open. Alan Muschott, vice president and portfolio manager, Franklin Equity Group, says convertible securities’ ability to adapt to myriad market conditions makes them an attractive vehicle as we head into the uncertainties of the year ahead. He outlines why companies issue convertible securities—and why many investors find them an attractive addition to their portfolios.