Beyond Bulls & Bears

The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Education

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The holiday season is approaching, and with it, the busiest time of the year for shoppers as they search for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. But instead of purchasing the latest toy or electronic gadget for your children or grandchildren, what about giving them the gift of a more secure future? Roger Michaud, senior vice president and director of sales for Franklin Templeton’s 529 College Savings Plan, discusses how crowdfunding can help finance a college education—a gift that can keep giving for a lifetime.

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

Assessing a Divided Congress and Market Fundamentals
Multi-Asset

Assessing a Divided Congress and Market Fundamentals

“In general, we think a divided Congress will likely leave the overall direction of policy unchanged. We don’t see major changes to tax, spending or trade policies.” – Ed Perks, CIO of Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions

US Equity Market: Are Things as Good as They’ll Get?
Equity

US Equity Market: Are Things as Good as They’ll Get?

The US equity market’s ascent paused in October as investors digested rising rates, slowing global growth and the persistent question: “Are things as good as they’ll get?” As many observers expect further turbulence ahead, Franklin Equity Group’s Grant Bowers shares his view on US equities, the economy, and how to stay focused on long-term investing in a volatile market.

Change is Coming to the Retirement Landscape
Education

Change is Coming to the Retirement Landscape

In recent months, there has been heightened activity in Washington DC in the area of retirement policy, with plans and proposals that could meaningfully alter the landscape. Drew Carrington, head of Institutional Defined Contribution at Franklin Templeton Investments, and Michael Doshier, vice president, Retirement Marketing, discuss the latest legislative developments and ideas.

Renewable Energy Gaining Steam
Alternatives

Renewable Energy Gaining Steam

Renewable energy has been gaining steam for many reasons, as have the investment opportunities in the space. Ketul Sakhpara, portfolio manager and research analyst, Franklin Real Asset Advisors, outlines the three main drivers of interest, and where his team sees potential. You might be surprised to learn how emerging markets in particular are ramping up renewable energy.

Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
Alternatives

Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

In their fourth-quarter (Q4) 2018 outlook, K2 Advisors’ Research and Portfolio Construction teams take a deeper look at alpha, and why they feel it’s misunderstood. They believe offering these insights will help investors better understand the rationale for owning retail mutual funds that invest in hedge strategies.

A Few Words on Equity-Market Volatility
Equity

A Few Words on Equity-Market Volatility

October has lived up to its reputation as a volatile month as concerns about rising US interest rates, slowing growth in China and upcoming US midterm elections have spooked many investors. Franklin Equity Group offers a few words on the recent turmoil, why volatility can unlock compelling opportunities and why the investment team still sees a compelling case for technology companies.

A Global Macro Perspective: Populism, Trade and Emerging-Market Volatility
Fixed Income

A Global Macro Perspective: Populism, Trade and Emerging-Market Volatility

Templeton Global Macro Chief Investment Officer Dr. Michael Hasenstab and Vice President and Deputy Director of Research, Dr. Calvin Ho, discuss emerging-market turbulence, the persistent concerns around trade policy and divergent growth trends in the developed world.

The US Yield Curve: Should We Fear Inversion?
Fixed Income

The US Yield Curve: Should We Fear Inversion?

There has been a lot of talk this year about the flattening of the US yield curve—which is a graphical representation of the spread between short- and long-term interest-rate instruments. Our senior investment leaders make a case that the “predictive power” of the yield curve when it comes to the US economy may not really be so predictive this time around.