Beyond Bulls & Bears

Financial Wellness: Are College Costs Impacting Your Retirement?
Education

Financial Wellness: Are College Costs Impacting Your Retirement?

Recent statistics on student loan debt have found some rather alarming trends. Not only are many parents prioritizing the financing of college for their children over their own retirement, but some are still paying off their own student debt—even into their 60s. Franklin Templeton’s Mike O’Brien, Roger Michaud and Drew Carrington recently sat down to discuss the intersection of college and retirement savings goals, and how employers are actually offering some solutions to help manage both.

US/China Trade Tensions Are Testing Investors’ Nerves
Equity

US/China Trade Tensions Are Testing Investors’ Nerves

The war of words between the Trump administration and China threatens to break out into a full-scale trade war. Franklin Templeton Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, considers the reaction of global investors and puts the current US stock market environment into perspective. And he considers some other issues that are contributing to markets’ cautious sentiment.

Analyzing Market Volatility from Escalating Trade Tensions
Equity

Analyzing Market Volatility from Escalating Trade Tensions

As one might imagine in light of recent news, trade was a big topic of discussion at Franklin Templeton’s 2019 Global Investor Forum in San Francisco this week. Our panelists addressed how the uncertainty is impacting the markets today—particularly emerging markets.

Many Americans Unprepared for the Cost of Health Care in Retirement
Education

Many Americans Unprepared for the Cost of Health Care in Retirement

The rising cost of health care has been a political hot button issue for years, and Franklin Templeton’s 2019 “Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations (RISE)” survey revealed it remains a top concern today. Franklin Templeton Defined Contribution Head of Strategic Accounts Kevin Murphy and Michael Doshier, vice president, Retirement Marketing, offer some highlights from the survey and stress the importance of saving enough to meet future health care needs in retirement.

Searching for Value When Growth Is King
Equity

Searching for Value When Growth Is King

It’s been a tough road for value investors during the past decade or so, even leading some pundits to declare the investing style is dead. The value-oriented Templeton Global Equity Group is digging in deep—and searching for deep values. While a growth-driven US market rally in the first quarter of this year presented a challenge, the team has uncovered some unloved stocks and sectors—particularly in Japan and Europe—where valuations appear reasonable and prospects good. Tony Docal, Dylan Ball and Joanne Wong take us on an around-the-world tour of where they are finding opportunities today.

European Elections: Big Changes, or Business as Usual?
Fixed Income

European Elections: Big Changes, or Business as Usual?

Many observers are predicting that European elections later this month will usher a wave of populist representatives into the European Parliament. David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, believes there may be a shift in political balance, but suggests the ability of extremists at either end of the political spectrum to dramatically alter the direction of the European Union is likely to be limited.

Eurozone Debt Disputes Make an Unhappy Union
Fixed Income

Eurozone Debt Disputes Make an Unhappy Union

When investing in sovereign debt, there is a level of trust involved—faith a government will return an investor’s principal plus interest without fail. But Franklin Templeton Fixed Income doesn’t see this as blind faith; it must be backed by verifiable economic metrics. In this excerpt from the latest “FT Thinks,” our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn outlines how governments have changed in Europe, and how new politicians with fresh agendas can bolster confidence, or rouse concerns.