Beyond Bulls & Bears

Social Security: It’s Healthier Than You Might Think!

Each year, Social Security’s Trustees report to Congress on the financial status of the program. This typically generates a number of anxiety-provoking media headlines about if/when it will run out of money. Gail Buckner, CFP, our personal retirement and financial planning strategist, takes a look at the facts. She says Social Security is actually in pretty good shape overall.

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: June

In this month’s Global Economic Perspective, our Fixed Income Group sees the broad outlook for the global economy as remaining positive but expects more patches of financial market volatility ahead.

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Fixed Income

ECB Meeting: Fresh Clarity, But Let’s Not Get Ahead of Ourselves

David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s head of European Fixed Income, gives his take on the ECB meeting and explains why he’s still not expecting a eurozone interest-rate hike before 2020.

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Fixed Income

Fed Gives US Interest Rates Another Bump in June

The US Federal Reserve continued its tightening path at its June policy meeting, raising its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and seventh time since December 2015. Chris Molumphy, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, offers us a snapshot of the US monetary policy landscape in the wake of the meeting.

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Perspectives

Three Things to Think about When It Comes to Trade

The drumbeat of global trade tensions may have softened for a bit as other geopolitical noise grew louder, but it never really went away. Here, investment leaders from Franklin Templeton explain why they aren’t concerned about a trade war—at least not yet.

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Perspectives

CEO View: What’s Changed 10 Years After the Global Financial Crisis?

At Franklin Templeton’s recent Global Investor Forum in New York, our CEO Greg Johnson participated in a panel discussion with three other CEOs in the financial services industry: James Gorman of Morgan Stanley; Jay Hooley of State Street and Barry Stowe of Jackson National Life. They discussed some of the changes in the markets that have occurred in the 10 years since the global financial crisis, what they learned—and what might trigger the next crisis.

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Multi-Asset

Assessing the Impact of US Metal Tariffs

“If a trade war develops and slows global growth in an environment of higher inflation and higher budget deficits, we think most global stock markets are likely to fall in tandem.” – Stephen Lingard, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions

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Education

In the Know: A Q&A on the Latest DOL Fiduciary Rule & SEC Proposal Developments

To say activity in Washington is being closely followed would be an understatement, with the consensus view that the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule is all but officially vacated, and a recent proposal from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in the middle of a 90-day comment period. Yaqub Ahmed, senior vice president and head of Defined Contribution – US at Franklin Templeton, leads a discussion on the latest developments with attorney Michael Hadley, partner with Davis and Harman LLP. They outline the SEC proposal and how it might impact financial advisors and their clients.

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Fixed Income

ECB Preview: Will Recent Italian Developments Influence Europe’s Tapering Timeline?

“With eurozone growth data softer recently and inflation also relatively muted, we think it would be premature for the ECB to embark on a tightening cycle.” – David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group

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Equity

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.

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Education

Survey Highlights Women’s Retirement Insecurities

There has been heightened discussion recently about women’s inequality in many areas of society—including financial security. Gail Buckner, CFP, our personal retirement and financial planning strategist, explores the gender pay gap and how it has contributed to a poorer post-working life for many older women. She also explores a 2018 Franklin Templeton survey which revealed even younger women are generally feeling insecure about their financial futures.

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Equity

Oil Prices Hit Four-Year High, but Will the Surge Continue?

For the first time in a long while, geopolitics has been driving oil prices higher in an already tight market. With oil prices recently hitting a four-year high, Fred Fromm, vice president and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group, shares his views on the oil-price surge and how he sees buoyant economic growth and investor concern about Middle-East risks once again reshaping the global energy industry.