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Meet the Manager: Katrina Dudley
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Meet the Manager: Katrina Dudley

“When I was hired in 2002, I was five months pregnant with my first child. Franklin Mutual Series invested in me, knowing I would need some time off relatively quickly and that I would be going through a significant life change. I think it says a lot about the long-term view we take on everything here.” - Katrina Dudley

Italian Politics + US Trade Tariffs = Market Turmoil
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Italian Politics + US Trade Tariffs = Market Turmoil

There seems to be no shortage of market-moving events of late, and no shortage of market volatility. In recent days, oil has hit a four-year high, Italy has been thrust into the spotlight amid a political crisis and trade-war fears between the United States and several of its key allies have again flared up after US President Donald Trump’s administration slapped them with tariffs. Katrina Dudley, portfolio manager and research analyst with Franklin Mutual Series, weighs in on it all.

Is It Time For Value Investing to Return to the Limelight?
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Is It Time For Value Investing to Return to the Limelight?

In recent years, value investing has played second fiddle to growth investing. But now could the stage be set for its return to the limelight? Franklin Mutual Series CEO Peter Langerman weighs in with his thoughts and explains why he is optimistic.

Why Macron’s Reform Agenda Is Boosting Business Optimism
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Why Macron’s Reform Agenda Is Boosting Business Optimism

“We see signs that France’s economy is starting to improve under President Emmanuel Macron. France is enjoying its best streak of economic growth in more than six years. And, French companies are hiring at the fastest pace in almost 17 years." – Katrina Dudley, portfolio manager, Franklin Mutual Series

Does Macron’s EU Reform Agenda Need German Support?
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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

Is France on the Cusp of a Thatcher Moment?
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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.

Europe’s Main Event: Economics vs. Politics
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Europe’s Main Event: Economics vs. Politics

I believe the concerns (US President Donald) Trump has regarding trade with Mexico and China would not apply to Europe. Europe is not a low-cost area, not only where wages are concerned, but also where taxes are concerned.

Brexit: Serious Consequences, but “Not the End of the World”
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Brexit: Serious Consequences, but “Not the End of the World”

In the end, any initial success for Brexit will likely depend on whether negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU are amicable or acrimonious.

On Brexit, Banks and Bargains
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On Brexit, Banks and Bargains

I believe the results of the June 23 referendum will likely mirror those of the 2014 vote on Scottish independence: Once people are in the voting booth, I believe they will sober up and decide to stick with the status quo.

A Sense of Déjà Vu

A Sense of Déjà Vu

We enter 2016 with a sense of déjà vu. Areas of the global financial market where longer-term risk/reward profiles were more attractive to us last year remain so in the early stages of 2016, driven in part by the persistence of several important financial and economic factors.

Europe: Back to Business

Europe: Back to Business

The main, very positive consequence of the Greek rescue agreement—even if nobody in Greece or in the eurozone at large seems to like it—is that Greece appears to be staying in the eurozone and the construct has been safeguarded.

Brexit Signs: Envisioning an EU Without the UK

Brexit Signs: Envisioning an EU Without the UK

In my view, the big risk for the United Kingdom of exiting the EU would be marginalisation, not just economically, not just financially but also politically … I would even go so far as to suggest that the status of the United Kingdom as a large world financial centre could be at risk if it were to leave the EU.