Beyond Bulls & Bears

What Really Stood Out at the 2019 US Consumer Electronics Show
Equity

What Really Stood Out at the 2019 US Consumer Electronics Show

“In our view, it’s important to understand the difference between a commercially viable product and a design concept. At the Consumer Electronics Show, we try to avoid becoming overly excited by product announcements that don’t include a firm price point or a launch date.”– Franklin Equity Group

Why We Think Most “Brexit Panaceas” Are Ill-Thought-Through or Unviable
Equity

Why We Think Most “Brexit Panaceas” Are Ill-Thought-Through or Unviable

“It is symptomatic of the level of debate that the options which tend to get offered as panaceas for Brexit are rarely thought-through or viable.” Sandy Nairn, Chairman of Templeton Global Equity Group and CEO of Edinburgh Partners

PODCAST: Making Sense of Recent Market Action
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PODCAST: Making Sense of Recent Market Action

After a turbulent end to 2018, early January brought some relief for equity investors, but there certainly are no shortage of uncertainties about the year ahead. Three of our senior investment leaders recently participated in panel discussion about what they see affecting investor sentiment, how they think changes in monetary policy are influencing market action and why they don’t see a US recession this year.  

Mapping the Influence of AI and Machine Learning
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Mapping the Influence of AI and Machine Learning

The evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) has rarely been far from the headlines in recent years. Its influence now reaches into nearly every sector and geography and holds economic and political ramifications that many experts say are on par with the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century. In a new publication, "Artificial Intelligence: Real Opportunity," our research analysts examine the growing influence of AI across sectors. In this extract, they explain how they evaluate investment potential for AI capabilities.

In the Know: The Current State of the Utilities Sector
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In the Know: The Current State of the Utilities Sector

“In our view, macroeconomic factors will likely continue to drive the performance of utilities stocks. Demand for utilities services such as electricity and natural gas appears to be relatively insensitive to changes in price or income. In addition, the global trade issues dominating the news on a weekly basis over the past year have not negatively affected US utilities for the most part”– John Kohli, Franklin Equity Group

Is it Time for Small-Cap Stocks Overseas to Shine?
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Is it Time for Small-Cap Stocks Overseas to Shine?

"In our view, US small-cap stocks are currently among the most expensive in the world, especially in the technology and health care sectors. With valuations looking expensive to us in the United States amid rising interest rates, we aren’t finding as many compelling opportunities as we are in Europe and Asia outside of Japan.” - Franklin Equity Group’s Ed Lugo

What Will a Government Shutdown Mean for Investors?
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What Will a Government Shutdown Mean for Investors?

US members of Congress are finding themselves at a stand-off over the creation of a border wall between the United States and Mexico. President Trump’s threats to shut down the government if the bill is not passed raise questions and uncertainty that will contribute to increased political risks for investors to consider. Stephen Dover, Head of Equities for Franklin Templeton Investments, shares his perspective about the potential impacts.

What We Think is Causing Recent Equity Market Volatility
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What We Think is Causing Recent Equity Market Volatility

In the past few months, equity investors have had to cope with something they hadn’t experienced for a while—volatility. While the ups and downs can be unsettling, volatility can also create opportunities for long-term investors. Stephen Dover, our head of Equities, takes a look at where he sees them emerging and breaks down the root causes of the recent market turmoil.

Does a Brexit Resolution Require a New Referendum or a General Election?
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Does a Brexit Resolution Require a New Referendum or a General Election?

Political infighting abounds in the United Kingdom as the clock ticks relentlessly towards the March 29 Brexit date. Amid entrenched positions on all sides, Sandy Nairn, Chairman of Templeton Global Equity Group and CEO of Edinburgh Partners, argues that only a fresh referendum or a general election can break the Brexit deadlock and examines some of the implications for investors.

PODCAST: AI and Machine Learning: A View from Silicon Valley
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PODCAST: AI and Machine Learning: A View from Silicon Valley

Whether most of us realize it or not, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of our daily lives. In our latest Talking Markets podcast, two Silicon Valley executives from AI-oriented businesses—Ed Abbo and Alston Ghafourifar—join Franklin Equity Group Research Analyst Ryan Biggs to discuss the state of AI technology, and the urgency for businesses to transform.

Distortion, Divergence and Diversification: 2019 Global Investment Outlook
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Distortion, Divergence and Diversification: 2019 Global Investment Outlook

Volatility has plagued equity markets globally in 2018—most notably emerging markets and US equity markets. As the US economic expansion officially crossed the nine-year mark in 2018, many investors started to wonder when the cycle would change—and what the catalyst might be. Our senior investment leaders see plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the year ahead, but recognize investment opportunities may be more divergent, with some previously overlooked countries or asset classes potentially taking the spotlight.

An Integrated Approach to Managing ESG Risks and Opportunities
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An Integrated Approach to Managing ESG Risks and Opportunities

Today, some forward-looking investors are deepening their focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis to provide additional perspectives to complement existing research efforts. Julie Moret, Franklin Templeton’s head of ESG, explains how ESG contributes to an evolved investment evaluation framework and serves as a tool to assess broader holistic risks.