Beyond Bulls & Bears

Yield Curve Hysteria
Fixed Income

Yield Curve Hysteria

The inversion of the Treasury yield curve has recently gotten a lot of attention in the financial press as being a harbinger of economic malaise ahead. Our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai says these conclusions are misguided.

PODCAST: Health Care Sector Innovation and Insight
Equity

PODCAST: Health Care Sector Innovation and Insight

The biopharma industry has the potential to save lives with dramatic breakthroughs in new therapeutic drugs. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, our Head of Equities Stephen Dover speaks with analysts Steven Kornfeld and Krzysztof Musialik about health care innovations, particularly in the area of biopharma. They point out that in some cases, emerging markets are actually leading the way.

Trade Tensions Flare: Where Do We Go from Here?
Multi-Asset

Trade Tensions Flare: Where Do We Go from Here?

Market volatility has been on the rise as US-China trade tensions continue to flare and recent central bank activity has created more questions than answers. As such, many investors have been on edge. Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions CIO Ed Perks, and Gene Podkaminer, Head of Multi-Asset Research Strategies, present the team’s latest thoughts on where the global economy is headed—and how investors should think about risk today. They say the persistent uncertainty calls for a cautious and nimble stance.

Adrift: Has Monetary Policy Become Unanchored?
Fixed Income

Adrift: Has Monetary Policy Become Unanchored?

In light of the Federal Reserve’s recent interest-rate cut, our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai takes a look at how US central bank thinking seems to have changed, and whether there’s a risk of having interest rates too close to zero. She argues deflation risks are overblown and looser monetary policy will lead to increased financial market distortions.

Impact Investing in Practice: Social Infrastructure
Alternatives

Impact Investing in Practice: Social Infrastructure

To understand how impact management can be applied in practice, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, took an example from the real estate sector and considered the specific demands of social infrastructure. The third post of this three-part series explores why social infrastructure can be seen as a natural fit for most impact investors.

The Federal Reserve: Dealer’s Choice
Fixed Income

The Federal Reserve: Dealer’s Choice

The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark short-term interest rate for the first time in 11 years in what Chairman Jerome Powell called a “mid-cycle adjustment” to sustain the US economic expansion. Powell appeared to struggle to reconcile his admission the US economy is strong with this decision, says Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai. She shares her thoughts on the July policy meeting and the potential market implications.

The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management
Alternatives

The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management

No single, unified best practice has yet emerged for impact investing, and a proliferation of methodologies and metrics has introduced an element of confusion. Simply navigating through all the resources available to impact investors can be a challenge. In the second post in this three-part series, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, help guide us through what they call the “five building blocks” of effective impact management.

PODCAST: Engaging a New Generation of Investors
Equity

PODCAST: Engaging a New Generation of Investors

We recognize the financial services sector is in the midst of a digital journey as participants feel the footsteps of big technology platforms encroaching on their space. In many cases, these new entrants see a fundamentally more efficient way of serving customers and extracting value and insights about their customers using digital technologies. Franklin Equity Group's James Cross, along with a panel of three CEOs at other companies, explores appealing to a new generation of customers, with new solutions.

A Northern View: 10 Years into a Canadian Bull Market
Equity

A Northern View: 10 Years into a Canadian Bull Market

While there has been a lot of focus among many investors on the length of the US economic expansion, there are other countries experiencing similarly long—or longer—expansions of their own. One of these is Canada, the United States’ northern neighbor. Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover, along with Managing Director Purav Jhaveri and our Canada-based portfolio managers Garey Aitken and Tim Caulfield, explore the dynamics in Canada’s markets.

Four Reasons Why Gold Prices Have Been Moving Higher
Equity

Four Reasons Why Gold Prices Have Been Moving Higher

“In our view, the current gold rally is an opportunity for gold-mining companies to show how much cash they can generate in slightly better gold markets.” - Steve Land

An Introduction to Impact Investing
Alternatives

An Introduction to Impact Investing

Interest in impact investing is growing within the asset management industry, but there is still some confusion about it. We view impact investing’s defining feature as the explicit intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental outcomes alongside a financial return. In the first of a three-part series, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, provide an overview of what impact investing is—and isn’t.

New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
Fixed Income

New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad

Boris Johnson, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Brexit, is the United Kingdom’s new prime minister. David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s Head of European Fixed Income, doubts Johnson will have much of a honeymoon period in the new role as he faces stiff challenges domestically and internationally, with global markets scouring his every move.