Beyond Bulls & Bears

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

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
Equity

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.

Theresa May Holds on, but What Does This Mean for Investors?
Fixed Income

Theresa May Holds on, but What Does This Mean for Investors?

Theresa May has survived a leadership challenge called by Eurosceptic members of her own party and will continue to lead the United Kingdom as it heads toward Brexit. But David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s head of European Fixed Income, warns May’s troubles are not over yet. He predicts further volatility ahead for financial markets, but argues there may be opportunities for shrewd active managers.

Distortion, Divergence and Diversification: 2019 Global Investment Outlook
Perspectives

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.

The Case for Municipal Bonds in a Rising-Rate Environment
Fixed Income

The Case for Municipal Bonds in a Rising-Rate Environment

Municipal bond yields moved higher in 2018 and seem likely to continue moving up in 2019 if market expectations for further interest-rate increases play out. Sheila Amoroso, director of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s Municipal Bond Department, makes a case for munis within a rising-rate environment. She says there could actually be more demand for munis ahead as a source of tax-free income.

An Integrated Approach to Managing ESG Risks and Opportunities
Equity

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.

Are We Nearly There Yet?: Revisiting the Politics and Processes of Brexit
Equity

Are We Nearly There Yet?: Revisiting the Politics and Processes of Brexit

“We believe it is likely over the coming months risk premiums will rise and potentially spur investment in stocks which have already been largely discounted for a worst-possible Brexit outcome, including the financial services and construction sectors.” - Sandy Nairn, Chairman, Templeton Global Equity Group

Meet the Manager: Wendy Lam
Equity

Meet the Manager: Wendy Lam

“As a biotech investor, my job is to somehow predict the future. I have to predict whether a clinical trial for a drug is going to succeed or fail, whether a drug is going to receive FDA approval or whether physicians will prescribe a drug.” - Wendy Lam

The Glistening Project: Why Some Investors Are Looking Again at Gold
Equity

The Glistening Project: Why Some Investors Are Looking Again at Gold

For some investors, increasing exposure to gold has been a knee-jerk reaction to bouts of heightened financial market volatility. Franklin Equity Group’s Steve Land says there’s more to gold than that. And he explains why he’s positive about both the prospects for gold and for gold equities.

Theresa May’s Brexit Steeplechase Has Only Just Begun: an Investor’s Perspective
Fixed Income

Theresa May’s Brexit Steeplechase Has Only Just Begun: an Investor’s Perspective

UK Prime Minister Theresa May seems to have cleared the first hurdle in her bid to secure a soft Brexit. Her Cabinet initially backed the withdrawal deal UK and European Union negotiators have agreed to. But subsequently, a number of Cabinet members resigned. David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s head of European Fixed Income, warns her most difficult challenge still lies ahead. And he believes there remain plenty of obstacles in her path, with profound implications for investors.

PODCAST: Talking Tech in an Era of Digital Transformation
Equity

PODCAST: Talking Tech in an Era of Digital Transformation

Investors became more risk-averse in October amid a number of market uncertainties, causing sentiment to sour on the technology sector. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, Jonathan Curtis, vice president and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group, opines on factors causing the market’s recent volatility and why he sees tech-sector valuations as reasonable today. He also discusses the digital transformation that’s reshaping nearly every industry and creating new areas of opportunity for investors. 

Finding Value among Stretched US Valuations, Market Dislocations
Equity

Finding Value among Stretched US Valuations, Market Dislocations

“Of all the different macroeconomic and political factors that have been on investors’ minds over the last few months, we think interest rates are likely to be the most important. As we continue to see central banks reduce quantitative easing and move toward interest-rate normalization in the major regions of the world, we are going to continue to focus on the dislocations that this may cause for currencies, equity markets and valuations.” - Templeton Global Equity Group