Beyond Bulls & Bears

Oil’s Well That Ends Well?
Perspectives

Oil’s Well That Ends Well?

The drop in global oil prices to their lowest levels in more than 10 years might seem like good news for consumers, but the markets have been ...

Questions Linger about End of Two Social Security Claiming Strategies
Education

Questions Linger about End of Two Social Security Claiming Strategies

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 did away with two Social Security claiming strategies known as “file and suspend” and “file and ...

Will Market Volatility Put Rate Rises on Hold—for Now?
Equity

Will Market Volatility Put Rate Rises on Hold—for Now?

Most pundits thought 2016 was going to be the year when the United States moved closer to interest-rate normalization. The interest-rate hike ...

On January Barometers and Market Bargains
Equity

On January Barometers and Market Bargains

If market action in the first few weeks of January is a barometer for the year ahead, investors could be in for some stormy weather. (Of course, ...

Global Economic Perspective: January
Emerging Markets

Global Economic Perspective: January

Perspective from Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group® US Fundamentals Look Strong Enough to Cope with Higher Rates Bond markets showed little ...

Why We’re Not Panicking about China
Fixed Income

Why We’re Not Panicking about China

The first few days of 2016 have seen a return to the type of volatility global markets experienced in the third quarter of 2015, and the root ...

Will Equities See a Sweeter ’16 Ahead?
Equity

Will Equities See a Sweeter ’16 Ahead?

Global equity markets last year were weighed down by sputtering growth in developed economies, slumping emerging markets and collapsing commodity ...

A Few Words about Market Volatility
Perspectives

A Few Words about Market Volatility

Concerns over China’s economic growth rate and collapsing oil prices have roiled financial markets in the first days of 2016, so it’s ...