With over 28 years of experience gained across the financial spectrum in several locations around the world, Michael Franklin has developed valuable insights into global economic and investment market trends. For much of his career he has lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, and London, working with major international financial institutions, including HSBC and Citibank, in the fields of portfolio management, equity sales and investment research. As head of investment strategy for Beaufort International Associates, Mr. Franklin has discussed his views on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. His markets comment Beaufort Daily and other research is released to Bloomberg, Factset, and through the Web sites for Beaufort (www.beaufort-int.co.uk ) and its subsidiary online broker, SimplyStockbroking ( www.simplystockbroking.com ). Currently based in London, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.