Beyond Bulls & Bears

Adaptability Goes a Long Way for UK Small and Mid-Cap Stocks
Equity

Adaptability Goes a Long Way for UK Small and Mid-Cap Stocks

UK small- and mid-cap companies could emerge from this crisis a bit leaner. Thoughts on why this is encouraging by Richard Bullas and Dan Green.

Weighing UK Dividend Suspensions
Equity

Weighing UK Dividend Suspensions

More UK companies are likely to forgo dividends in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Franklin UK Equity Team's Colin Morton.

Coronavirus Dampens UK Equity Outlook—For Now
Equity

Coronavirus Dampens UK Equity Outlook—For Now

As the coronavirus continues to spread into Europe, the economic picture has changed. Whether the setback will be temporary or long-lived still remains to be seen. Franklin UK Equity Team’s Colin Morton weighs in on the situation and gives his perspective on how it’s impacting the outlook for the UK market.

We’re Finally Putting Brexit to Bed—What’s Next for UK Equities?
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We’re Finally Putting Brexit to Bed—What’s Next for UK Equities?

We should start to gain some clarity on elements that previously clouded our outlook for UK stocks, says our Colin Morton.

UK Election: Will Tory Victory Bring Investors Back to UK Equities?
Equity

UK Election: Will Tory Victory Bring Investors Back to UK Equities?

Markets tend to over-react in the immediate aftermath of elections, but our Colin Morton stands ready for potential opportunities that may result from the UK general election.

UK Equity: A Means to a Dividend?
Equity

UK Equity: A Means to a Dividend?

UK equity investors may not have had much to cheer in recent months, but all is not lost, according to our Colin Morton. In this article, he explains why he’s optimistic about potential rising dividend opportunities among UK-listed firms.

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.

Speeding Towards Brexit, Some Off-Ramps Emerge: A Dialogue with Lord Kerr
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Speeding Towards Brexit, Some Off-Ramps Emerge: A Dialogue with Lord Kerr

The Brexit clock is ticking as the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU) is set to take place in March 2019. But is the UK ready to leave? And is there still a chance it won’t? We hear from Sandy Nairn, Templeton Global Equity Group chairman and Edinburgh Partners CEO, and Lord Kerr, former diplomat and current chairman of Scottish Power and crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Earnings Growth Underpins Our Solid Outlook for European Equities
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Earnings Growth Underpins Our Solid Outlook for European Equities

Some investors seem to be questioning whether there’s still room for additional growth in European equities, particularly if interest rates start to rise. However, Templeton Global Equity Group’s Dylan Ball suggests labour reforms across the continent should give many firms the operating leverage they need to drive further earnings growth during 2018.

UK Mid-Caps: Appealing to a Global Audience
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UK Mid-Caps: Appealing to a Global Audience

The same value assessments that make UK mid-cap stocks attractive to overseas investors could, we think, lead to heightened levels of M&A in this space in the coming year.

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.