Beyond Bulls & Bears

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.

Is Your Portfolio Prepared for a Potential Wildfire?
Multi-Asset

Is Your Portfolio Prepared for a Potential Wildfire?

“In our view, as overall global growth slows, uncertainty around predictions of forward interest rates, inflation and corporate earnings may increase.” - Wylie Tollette, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions

PODCAST: Smart Beta Investing in the Changing Emerging-Market Landscape
LibertyShares

PODCAST: Smart Beta Investing in the Changing Emerging-Market Landscape

Many investors view “smart beta” within the realm of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as a replacement for either actively managed or passive investment strategies. Franklin Templeton ETF Specialists Todd Mathias and Rick Felix view smart beta as an additive investment strategy that can complement these approaches. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, they discuss the nuances of smart beta while taking a look at the changing investment landscape in emerging markets.

Don’t Let Home Country Bias Limit Your Investment Potential
Equity

Don’t Let Home Country Bias Limit Your Investment Potential

It’s easy for investors to fall into what is known as “home country bias,” looking only within their own country’s borders for opportunities. That isn’t the case with Franklin Equity Group Portfolio Manager Don Huber—who is always searching the globe for quality growth opportunities. He says investors may be missing the boat if they don’t expand their opportunity set beyond their shores.

Changing Dynamics and New Opportunities in Municipal Bonds
Fixed Income

Changing Dynamics and New Opportunities in Municipal Bonds

Many investors flock to municipal bonds because of potential tax advantages. While this year’s taxes are probably already done and dusted, Franklin Templeton’s municipal bond team felt it was an appropriate time to revisit the opportunities and risks that recent US tax reform poses for the space. Sheila Amoroso and Christopher Sperry discuss how constrained supply is impacting the market.

Still No Roadmap to a Brexit Resolution as EU Offers Another Extension
Fixed Income

Still No Roadmap to a Brexit Resolution as EU Offers Another Extension

Brexit may have been delayed again. The European Union has offered to allow the United Kingdom more time to decide how it wants to leave. While the measure may prevent a no-deal Brexit in the short term, our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn thinks it may simply be saving up problems for the future.

A Long Brexit Delay Seems Likely, but to What End?
Equity

A Long Brexit Delay Seems Likely, but to What End?

With no resolution in place and the clock ticking down, Sandy Nairn, chairman of Templeton Global Equity Group and CEO of Edinburgh Partners, looks at the possible outcomes. He explains why he thinks a long Brexit extension could be the most sensible option, and why he feels the deadlock might only be broken by a fresh plebiscite.

On My Mind: Trade Wars—The Dog That Didn’t Bark
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Trade Wars—The Dog That Didn’t Bark

The prospect of a “trade war” between the United States and China has caused some investor trepidation over the past year. But are the fears of economic fallout from this “war” warranted? And, was there ever really a war at all? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai weighs in.

The Pace of Innovation and Disruption Is Advancing—What Does This Mean for Investors?
Equity

The Pace of Innovation and Disruption Is Advancing—What Does This Mean for Investors?

With so much new technology being adopted into our everyday lives, what will stand the test of time, and what will simply be a passing phase? Franklin Equity Group’s Matt Moberg argues active management is crucial to weeding out the life-shaping technologies from the hype.

Is the US Yield Curve Signaling a US Recession?
Fixed Income

Is the US Yield Curve Signaling a US Recession?

Although one part of the US yield curve has inverted this year, investment leaders from Franklin Templeton explain why they aren’t concerned about a US recession—at least not yet.