Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Fixed Income

Theresa May’s Shock Defeat Threatens Further Volatility

“The prospect of a hung parliament, resulting either in a minority government or a coalition, paints a picture of an administration not in complete control during a period in which the United Kingdom needs its most focused administration for 70 years. ” David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, June 9, 2017.

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Equity

The Politics of Health Care

“There have been huge breakthroughs in gene therapy as well as in the area of cancer treatment. Major waves of innovation are a reflection of the exponential leaps in basic research and our understanding of human biology, which are now bearing fruit.” - Evan McCulloch, Franklin Equity Group

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Fixed Income

If It’s Groundhog Day, Why Aren’t Investors Learning the Lessons?

The repeated financial market patterns of recent years have reminded some market professionals of the 1993 Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day." But according to Christopher Molumphy, CIO of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group®, investors may be missing the most important lesson of that movie: take control of your destiny.

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Education

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