Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Alternatives

Second Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook

"Regardless of what the future holds in terms of political results, from a market standpoint, we anticipate more volatility going forward—and this could be a good thing for hedge strategies.” - K2 Advisors®

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Equity

Cutting Through the Political Noise for Opportunities in Europe

"Although recent history shows there is reason to be skeptical of political polls, we do not believe populist parties will score victories significant enough in national elections to cause an existential threat to the European Union (EU)." - Philippe Brugere-Trelat and Katrina Dudley, Franklin Mutual Series

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LibertyShares

Can Strategic Beta Make You a Smarter Investor?

Dr. Chandra Seethamraju, director of systematic modeling, Franklin Templeton Solutions, gives us the lowdown on the concept of “beta” within ETFs—specifically strategic beta—and how it can offer a smarter investment approach.

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Fixed Income

An Investor’s View of the French Presidential Election

"Despite the failure of the anti-immigration, anti-European Union (EU) party to make significant in-roads in the recent Dutch elections, we don’t think we can discount the influence of populism in upcoming European elections completely." - David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group®

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Perspectives

Beyond the Headlines: Finding Opportunities in Today’s Markets

Several of our senior investment leaders recently participated in a roundtable discussion of the events shaping the global markets today, the implications for investors and where they see potential opportunities ahead. Here, we share video and written excerpts from the roundtable.

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Education

The Least-Known Tax Break?

Gail Buckner, CFP, our personal retirement and financial planning strategist, walks through a little-known tax credit called the “Saver’s Credit” you may want to learn more about.

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Equity

Meet the Manager: J.P. Scandalios

“The technology sector is synonymous with innovation. Innovation can lead to disruption but that disruption also has the potential to generate massive economic returns over time—more so than any other sector, in my opinion.” J.P. Scandalios, Franklin Equity Group®

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Equity

The Cutting Edge: Not Just for Tech Companies Anymore

"The ‘military grade’ cybersecurity technology that we expect will be developed may eventually become the standard for the private sector, which will likely be a boon to sectors such as financials and utilities, which tend to be more vulnerable to cyber attacks than others." - Serena Perin Vinton and Matt Moberg, Franklin Equity Group®

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Fixed Income

Does Dutch Election Result Signal an End to Europe’s Populist Surge?

“The Scottish government’s demand for a second independence referendum should not have come as a surprise to most observers, but the timing could scarcely have been more awkward for UK Prime Minister Theresa May.” – David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group®.

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Fixed Income

Why Fixed-Income Investors Shouldn’t Fret About Fed Tightening

"We view Fed tightening with a positive lens and believe there are still plenty of potential opportunities within the fixed-income landscape for investors.” - Christopher Molumphy, CIO, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group®.

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: March

Perspective on the global markets from Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group®.

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Education

Cracking the Code on Social Security Benefits

Gail Buckner, CFP, cracks the code on how Social Security benefits are calculated, and offers some strategies on how to maximize it.