Beyond Bulls & Bears

Spryng into Saving for College

As the cost of a college education continues to rise, parents (and their children) are coming up with creative ways to finance it. Roger Michaud, senior vice president and director of sales for Franklin Templeton’s 529 College Savings Plan, discusses some tips and strategies to help fund a college education, including a new platform leveraging the concept of crowdfunding.

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Alternatives

Why Liquid Alternatives Now

“The availability of liquid alternative vehicles has expanded rapidly over the past decade, paired with a strategic interest to provide retail investors with access to diversified sources of potential alpha to complement their traditional portfolios.” David Saunders, K2 Advisors

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: May

In this month’s Global Economic Perspective, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group examines the aftermath of the French election in Europe, signs of a pickup in global growth and whether Japan’s “Abenomics” experiment is working.

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Fixed Income

Trade and Taxes in a World With Borders

“Successful [US] corporate tax reform would go a long way in promoting the incentives for real investment over the long term. Since weak investment has been identified as a potential drag on productivity growth since the global financial crisis, this shift in incentives could have strong and long-lived benefits.” - Michael Hasenstab, Templeton Global Macro

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Perspectives

French Election Result: Macron Wins, But Can He Deliver?

There were no surprises as French voters elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president after the second round of voting. Franklin Templeton's investment professionals share their thoughts on the prospects of a Macron presidency and suggest it might not be plain sailing for the self-styled political outsider.

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Equity

US Equities: Policy Smoke or Solid Pillars?

"We continue to see potential opportunities in many sectors of the market, but one area we are particularly excited about is the technology sector. Even more exciting and less obvious are the behind-the-scenes, technology-driven transformations taking place in many industries outside of the technology sector." - Grant Bowers, Franklin Equity Group

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Equity

An Exciting Time for the Energy Sector

"Our general takeaway is that energy sector opportunities in 2017 and 2018 are likely to be more idiosyncratic and company-specific, whereas in the recent past they’ve been driven more by the macro commodity price environment. As fundamental, bottom-up investors, this is an environment we welcome.” Fred Fromm, Franklin Equity Group

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Fixed Income

French Election Result – It’s Not Yet a Done Deal

"In terms of deciding who wins the keys to the Elysee Palace, the most pressing question is, 'who do the supporters of the eliminated candidates back?' " - David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group

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Alternatives

The Case for Listed Infrastructure: Strengthening the Foundation for the Global Economy

“Infrastructure impacts every aspect of a community, and to the extent these physical assets perform optimally, they enable essential components of a healthy economy, such as fiscal stimulus and job creation, while also contributing to a higher quality of life.” Franklin Real Asset Advisors

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Alternatives

Sand Piles and Markets

"The markets are decidedly interconnected. We are linked globally in a complex and layered loom of investments, debt, trade, resources, international business, finance and currency.” Brooks Ritchey, K2 Advisors

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: April

Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group talks monetary policy, European politics in the April Global Economic Perspective.

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Fixed Income

How Theresa May’s Election Gambit Could Strengthen Her Brexit Hand

Just weeks after officially starting the process of withdrawing the United Kingdom from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May surprisingly announced her intention to call a General Election for June 8. Here David Zahn, head of European Fixed Income, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group®, explains why he thinks that could enhance her position at home and on the international stage.