Beyond Bulls & Bears

Europe Outlook: A French Economic Evolution
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Europe Outlook: A French Economic Evolution

Franklin Mutual Series’ Katrina Dudley sees President Emmanuel Macron’s re-election as a positive for the French economy and regional equity markets over the longer term.

The Uncharted Greenspace in Small-Cap ESG
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The Uncharted Greenspace in Small-Cap ESG

Lead Portfolio Manager Steve Raineri and ESG Lead John Chow of the Franklin Small-Cap Value Team within Franklin Mutual Series discuss small company ESG investing, why it presents an opportunity and how ESG analysis helps investors become better stewards of client capital.

As Rates Rise, Financials Can Shine
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As Rates Rise, Financials Can Shine

Mutual Series’ analysts see value opportunities in the financials sector as the interest-rate environment turns more favorable in the United States and European banks see greater clarity about the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The Value of Being Actively and Constructively Engaged
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The Value of Being Actively and Constructively Engaged

Robust engagement with company management can be key in sparking catalysts that unlock shareholder value and potentially lead to better returns over the longer term, according to Franklin Mutual Series Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Ambassador Tim Rankin.

Examining the Environment for Microcap Stocks
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Examining the Environment for Microcap Stocks

The smallest companies in the market may be overlooked by many investors, but can offer big potential. Here, we posed some questions about micro-capitalization (microcap) stocks to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Oliver Wong, who explains how they have fared recently and where he’s finding opportunities.

Come Together: Why Merger Arbitrage Strategies Deserve Renewed Attention
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Come Together: Why Merger Arbitrage Strategies Deserve Renewed Attention

Despite historically high market valuations, merger and acquisition activity remains subdued. Franklin Mutual Series CIO Christian Correa explains why corporate mergers have slowed, and why he thinks merger arbitrage strategies are worth paying attention to as activity in this area picks up.

Europe’s “Man on the Moon” Moment
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Europe’s “Man on the Moon” Moment

While 2020 brought many challenges and uncertainties for investors in Europe, Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Managers Katrina Dudley and Mandana Hormozi see reasons to be optimistic about the future. They outline positive long-term attributes many may be overlooking.

Closing the European Performance Gap
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Closing the European Performance Gap

Although European equities performed well in 2019, there’s still a significant value and performance gap compared to US stocks, according to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Katrina Dudley. Here, she gives reasons why she’s optimistic about the backdrop for European value stocks and discusses some potential market-moving events she’s monitoring.

In the Know: Finding Value Among US Microcap Stocks
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In the Know: Finding Value Among US Microcap Stocks

When many investors think of microcap stocks, they envision high growth stocks that are like rockets. They soar when times are good, and crash and burn when times are bad. We recently caught up with Oliver Wong, portfolio manager, Franklin MicroCap Value Fund. He explained his approach to finding higher-quality, smaller companies within the equity universe that have the potential to perform well in different market environments.

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.