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Reasons for optimism in UK equities
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Reasons for optimism in UK equities

Despite concerns about rising interest rates, a growth slowdown and stock market volatility, there are reasons to be optimistic about the outlook for UK equities, according to Martin Currie’s Ben Russon. He shares the latest data counteracting the cost-of-living crisis, trends that exhibit the strength of the UK economy relative to the rest of the world, and where he sees opportunities in the UK stock market.

UK Equities: Where Next?
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UK Equities: Where Next?

Many investors had underestimated the strength of the UK economy, and derated equities even prior to the pandemic and today’s inflationary headwinds. However, despite the pressures on household finances, there are encouraging signs for continued economic growth—and attractive market valuations, according to Franklin UK Equity’s Ben Russon. He shares his latest UK equity outlook.

Why UK Equities Now?
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Why UK Equities Now?

The global economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but some countries are opening up faster than others and experiencing greater degrees of growth this year. The United Kingdom is one that has seen a strong economic rebound, and its equity market has weathered the storm. But, with new uncertainties ahead—including the threat of inflation—is now a good time to invest in UK stocks? Ben Russon, Richard Bullas, Dan Green and Will Bradwell of our UK Equity team discuss.

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

The Great Sector Rotation, and the Road Ahead for UK Equities
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The Great Sector Rotation, and the Road Ahead for UK Equities

In the closing months of 2016, there were big changes in some of the financial metrics that feed into economic assumptions and indeed equity valuation assumptions, and we think that sets the tone for where we move into 2017.

Want to Create Value? Dig Deep and Adjust Your Expectations

Want to Create Value? Dig Deep and Adjust Your Expectations

In this current environment with elevated valuations (by historical standards), a trade-off exists between earnings risk and valuation risk. These are the decisions that some investors will want to consider as they strive to produce acceptable returns.

Finding Positives in a ‘Lower for Longer’ Environment
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Finding Positives in a ‘Lower for Longer’ Environment

Even if we do see interest rates rise in the United States and/or the United Kingdom—possibly before the end of this year—it doesn’t necessarily mean equity investors should panic, because we think it is something that can be absorbed.

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.