Beyond Bulls & Bears

Who Said the Rules of the Game Could Change Because LIBOR’s Going Away?

There’s been a lot of discussion in the fixed income world about the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and what might replace it. But what hasn’t been as widely discussed is an important consequence for investors in this space: changes to LIBOR language in new-issue and amended credit agreements—particularly how these changes are implemented. Mark Boyadjian, director of our Floating Rate Debt Group, and Reema Agarwal, vice president and director of research, explain.

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Equity

Why Tech-Sector Volatility Doesn’t Worry Us

While a few companies in the US technology space have been in the hot seat lately, Jonathan Curtis, vice president and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group, is largely unfazed. He said temporary “blips” affecting certain stocks are par for the course as consumers get used to new technologies—and how they impact our lives. He sees the overall long-term fundamental backdrop for the sector as sound.

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: April

“The extent to which the global economy’s upturn is threatened by the uncertainty over trade policy is clearly the main issue preoccupying many investors. Our view is that market sentiment often swings to extremes in these circumstances, running well ahead of actual events, and the risk of a major disruption to global trade remains low.” - Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group

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Equity

Symmetry Policy: How to Adapt to a More Volatile Market Environment

“Unusually subdued levels of volatility during 2017 possibly lured some investors into a false sense of security. But as precipitous market moves in early February and late March suggested a return to more historically normal levels of volatility, the question for investors now is how to adapt their approach to the new environment.” Dylan Ball, Templeton Global Equity Group

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Multi-Asset

How Safe Is NAFTA?

“With trade skirmishes opening up on multiple fronts, we think the United States may feel increased pressure to get a NAFTA deal done ahead of this summer. That’s when the Mexican presidential election and US mid-term election campaigning will be in full swing. Otherwise, the United States risks attempting to win a trade war on multiple fronts, which tends to end badly if history is any guide.” – Stephen Lingard, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions

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Education

Implications of DOL Fiduciary Rule Decisions and RESA Legislation

Some new developments in Washington and recent court rulings have implications for those saving and investing for retirement. Drew Carrington, head of Institutional Defined Contribution at Franklin Templeton Investments along with Michael Doshier, head of retirement marketing, examine the status of The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) and what it might mean for both plan sponsors and participants, and recap the latest court rulings impacting the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule.

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Equity

Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Invest in Innovation

“Now, more than ever, we see innovation as the main driving force behind value creation in the global economy. As growth-oriented investors, we believe one must invest in innovation across industries to have the potential to outperform the market.” – Matthew Moberg, Franklin Equity Group

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Perspectives

Artificial Intelligence: Real Influence

Franklin Templeton's investment leaders weigh in on why new technologies can influence more than just a single industry or sector.

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Education

DOL Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo After Latest Court Ruling

"Recent court activity appears to be creating more uncertainty around the future of the [DOL Fiduciary] rule than ever. Most financial institutions have adjusted business practices to mitigate litigation risk and moved to a model in which they are in compliance, so it would be far from simple to unravel what’s already been done.” - Dan O’Lear, Yaqub Ahmed, Drew Carrington and Michael Doshier

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Fixed Income

Fed Remains in Tightening Mode in March

The US Federal Reserve remained in tightening mode at its March monetary policy meeting, raising its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time since December 2015. Chris Molumphy, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, offers his take on the market implications—and why he feels it’s more important for investors to focus on the US economy’s (healthy) fundamentals rather than the exact number of rate increases this year.

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Fixed Income

Banking Sector Under the Microscope

“US banks have traditionally faced heavy tax burdens, which feeds into their bottom line. As such, I think recent US tax reform looks to be positive for banks.” – Shawn Lyons, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group

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Equity

Can Anything Throw the Nine-Year-Old Bull Off its Stride?

On March 9, the US equity bull market turned nine. After such a long run, many investors may now be wondering, what could cause an equity market downturn?