Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Equity

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 labor code. Here, Philippe Brugere-Trelat, Franklin Mutual Series executive vice president and portfolio manager, explains why a Macron victory on this front could open up opportunities for investing in French equities.

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Macron at 100 Days: New French President Faces Busy Autumn

“Although polls have shown that Macron’s approval ratings have fallen since the election, I don’t see this drop as cause for concern. The ebbs and flows of popular polls are natural, in my opinion, following the giant wave of hope that swept Macron into office. That hope is now meeting the cold light of reality.” – Philippe Brugere-Trelat, Executive Vice President, Franklin Mutual Series

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Perspectives

French Election Result: Macron Wins, But Can He Deliver?

There were no surprises as French voters elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president after the second round of voting. Franklin Templeton's investment professionals share their thoughts on the prospects of a Macron presidency and suggest it might not be plain sailing for the self-styled political outsider.

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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.

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On Brexit, Banks and Bargains

Will they stay or will they go? UK voters will answer that question on June 23 when they decide whether their country will retain its membership ...

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Europe: Back to Business

After a contentious period of negotiations, the odds of a so-called “Grexit,” or Greek exit from the euro, were drastically reduced as Greece ...

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Brexit Signs: Envisioning an EU Without the UK

The victory of the center-right Conservative Party in the recent UK election, while broadly welcomed by financial markets, has brought back to the ...

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Equity

Meet the Manager: Philippe Brugere-Trelat

Much like a flower, a value opportunity sometimes takes longer than expected to blossom. So, as both an avid gardener and a stock picker, Philippe ...

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2015 Investment Outlook: Five Reasons Why the Eurozone May Surprise Naysayers

The eurozone took it on the chin economically in 2014, and many analysts don’t expect 2015 to bring a significant respite to the region. Philippe ...

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Will the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Chill Europe’s Recovery?

As the crisis in Ukraine and resulting geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West continues with no durable solution yet, many investors ...

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Standing By Convictions in European Equities

I believe the European Central Bank (ECB) in June gave compelling new reasons for investors to take an active interest in Europe.

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A Time for Optimism in Europe?

Volatile markets and an uneven recovery may appear to justify a cautious outlook for investing in Europe right now, while in the US the specter of ...