Beyond Bulls & Bears

In the Know: The Current State of the Utilities Sector
Equity

In the Know: The Current State of the Utilities Sector

“In our view, macroeconomic factors will likely continue to drive the performance of utilities stocks. Demand for utilities services such as electricity and natural gas appears to be relatively insensitive to changes in price or income. In addition, the global trade issues dominating the news on a weekly basis over the past year have not negatively affected US utilities for the most part”– John Kohli, Franklin Equity Group

Is it Time for Small-Cap Stocks Overseas to Shine?
Equity

Is it Time for Small-Cap Stocks Overseas to Shine?

"In our view, US small-cap stocks are currently among the most expensive in the world, especially in the technology and health care sectors. With valuations looking expensive to us in the United States amid rising interest rates, we aren’t finding as many compelling opportunities as we are in Europe and Asia outside of Japan.” - Franklin Equity Group’s Ed Lugo

What Will a Government Shutdown Mean for Investors?
Equity

What Will a Government Shutdown Mean for Investors?

US members of Congress are finding themselves at a stand-off over the creation of a border wall between the United States and Mexico. President Trump’s threats to shut down the government if the bill is not passed raise questions and uncertainty that will contribute to increased political risks for investors to consider. Stephen Dover, Head of Equities for Franklin Templeton Investments, shares his perspective about the potential impacts.

PODCAST: Market Volatility: The Factors, Risks and Opportunities
Multi-Asset

PODCAST: Market Volatility: The Factors, Risks and Opportunities

Our emotional reactions can influence our behavior in many ways—including investing. When markets face heightened volatility, many investors start to panic in fear—sometimes to the detriment of their long-term financial goals. Wylie Tollette, head of Client Investment Solutions, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions, looks at the factors driving the latest bout of market volatility, including the impact of short-term investor behavior. He says times of volatility present opportunities to rebalance one’s portfolio, but adds investors shouldn’t wait for the market to tumble to start thinking about risk management.

A Dovish Fed Rate Hike
Fixed Income

A Dovish Fed Rate Hike

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year, but with critics starting to question the central bank’s actions, will it take a tightening pause in 2019? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s Michael Materasso weighs in.

What We Think is Causing Recent Equity Market Volatility
Equity

What We Think is Causing Recent Equity Market Volatility

In the past few months, equity investors have had to cope with something they hadn’t experienced for a while—volatility. While the ups and downs can be unsettling, volatility can also create opportunities for long-term investors. Stephen Dover, our head of Equities, takes a look at where he sees them emerging and breaks down the root causes of the recent market turmoil.

Risk On, Risk Off, or Risk Uncertain?
Alternatives

Risk On, Risk Off, or Risk Uncertain?

While big market swings can be unsettling to many investors, there are a number of alternative investment strategies that aim to turn volatility into opportunity, according to K2 Advisors' Brooks Ritchey and Robert Christian. They outline some of the market challenges they see ahead, and why they believe certain hedge strategies could find fertile ground.

Does a Brexit Resolution Require a New Referendum or a General Election?
Equity

Does a Brexit Resolution Require a New Referendum or a General Election?

Political infighting abounds in the United Kingdom as the clock ticks relentlessly towards the March 29 Brexit date. Amid entrenched positions on all sides, Sandy Nairn, Chairman of Templeton Global Equity Group and CEO of Edinburgh Partners, argues that only a fresh referendum or a general election can break the Brexit deadlock and examines some of the implications for investors.

PODCAST: AI and Machine Learning: A View from Silicon Valley
Equity

PODCAST: AI and Machine Learning: A View from Silicon Valley

Whether most of us realize it or not, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of our daily lives. In our latest Talking Markets podcast, two Silicon Valley executives from AI-oriented businesses—Ed Abbo and Alston Ghafourifar—join Franklin Equity Group Research Analyst Ryan Biggs to discuss the state of AI technology, and the urgency for businesses to transform.

Theresa May Holds on, but What Does This Mean for Investors?
Fixed Income

Theresa May Holds on, but What Does This Mean for Investors?

Theresa May has survived a leadership challenge called by Eurosceptic members of her own party and will continue to lead the United Kingdom as it heads toward Brexit. But David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s head of European Fixed Income, warns May’s troubles are not over yet. He predicts further volatility ahead for financial markets, but argues there may be opportunities for shrewd active managers.

Distortion, Divergence and Diversification: 2019 Global Investment Outlook
Perspectives

Distortion, Divergence and Diversification: 2019 Global Investment Outlook

Volatility has plagued equity markets globally in 2018—most notably emerging markets and US equity markets. As the US economic expansion officially crossed the nine-year mark in 2018, many investors started to wonder when the cycle would change—and what the catalyst might be. Our senior investment leaders see plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the year ahead, but recognize investment opportunities may be more divergent, with some previously overlooked countries or asset classes potentially taking the spotlight.

Changes in Technology, Regulation and Accessibility Drive Rise in Use of Collective Investment Trusts
Education

Changes in Technology, Regulation and Accessibility Drive Rise in Use of Collective Investment Trusts

Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) have been gaining momentum in the retirement space, and for good reason. Jason Colarossi, vice president, national retirement strategist of Franklin Templeton's Defined Contribution Division, outlines what CITs are and how they have evolved. He also discusses the different types of strategies and the growth we have seen with this investment vehicle recently.