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  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Financials Disastrous for Franklin Mutual European Fund This Year

    The Franklin Mutual European Fund Class A (TEMIX) has fallen 6.5% YTD (year-to-date). Why?

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Almost Nothing Good about TEMIX in 1Q16

    The Franklin Mutual European Fund – Class A (TEMIX) fell sharply by 6.5% in 1Q16, placing it second to last among the 12 funds in this review. In the past one year, TEMIX has fallen 13.2%.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Was the ECB Monetary Policy in March Such a Surprise?

    Even though participants were expecting the ECB to take measures on March 10 to stoke inflationary pressure in the Eurozone, the announcements at the meeting took most by surprise.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Should You Look to European Stocks for Growth?

    European stocks began the year with a lot of hope pinned on them for providing capital appreciation in the year.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Franklin Mutual European Fund Allocated Its Portfolio in 2015

    The Franklin Mutual European Fund’s assets were spread across 78 holdings (stocks, bonds, and currencies) as of December 2015.

    By David Ashworth
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    Miscellaneous

    How Does the Greek Debt Crisis Impact the Eurozone?

    Greece’s debt was around 250 billion euros. It’s nearly 175% of its 2013 GDP figures. The GDP could fall more in 2016. The debt crisis started in 2010.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Looking at TEMIX’s Portfolio up to November 2015

    TEMIX’s assets were spread across 78 holdings as of September 2015. It was managing assets worth $3.3 billion as of November’s end.

    By David Ashworth
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    Miscellaneous

    How Did the Eurozone Perform in the Past Year?

    The Eurozone’s economy provided a modest GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate of 0.4% in 2015. It was below the consensus estimate.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Transportation and Software Industry Led FEZ

    Among all of the industries of the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ), the transportation industry provided the highest positive return of 0.5% on December 14, 2015.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sanofi Tops FEZ, Applies for First Dengue Vaccine in India

    On Friday, December 11, 2015, the stocks at the top of FEZ were Industria De Diseno, Sanofi (SNY), UniCredit, ING Groep, and L’Oréal. It’s worth noting that all these stocks had negative returns that day.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    European Central Bank: December’s Monetary Policy Actions

    The ECB (European Central Bank) announced its monetary policy decision on December 3, 2015, outlining several decisions.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The ECB Disappoints Markets with Its Monetary Policy Decisions

    The ECB declared its key policy decisions after its meeting on December 3, 2015. The ECB’s Chief announced major moves at a press conference.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Franklin Mutual European Fund Fared until October

    The Franklin Mutual European Fund can invest up to 20% of its assets in instruments issued by companies located in the United States and several other regions.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sectors Driving the FEZ ETF’s Performance on October 21

    On October 21, the top three performing industries in the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF were software, miscellaneous manufacturer, and the food industry.

    By Sarah Sands
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