Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Perspectives

Time to Reset Expectations?

Global markets have been relatively calm this summer despite many uncertainties. Geopolitical risks have continued across the globe, and in some areas, looming monetary policy changes also appear likely. A key question for many investors is whether the sleepy summer period of low volatility will give way to a more turbulent autumn. Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders offer their perspective on the markets and discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

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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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Perspectives

In the Know: Clean Power Plan Faces Supreme Challenge

Last month, the US Supreme Court pulled the plug on President Obama’s ambitious plan to substantially cut carbon dioxide emissions, ruling that it ...

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Equity

On January Barometers and Market Bargains

If market action in the first few weeks of January is a barometer for the year ahead, investors could be in for some stormy weather. (Of course, ...

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Equity

Will Equities See a Sweeter ’16 Ahead?

Global equity markets last year were weighed down by sputtering growth in developed economies, slumping emerging markets and collapsing commodity ...

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Equity

A Sense of Déjà Vu

While global equities appear vulnerable to near-term volatility, Templeton Global Equity Group’s Norm Boersma and Cindy Sweeting are optimistic ...

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Alternatives

Fed Delivers Rate Hike: Holiday Gift or Lump of Coal?

After months (if not years) of anticipation, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) finally took action on interest rates at the end of its December 15-16 ...

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Finding What’s Real in Real Estate

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Tip-Toeing Through Tulip Mania

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Swimming with Sharks

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New Year’s Vantage Point: Mark Mobius

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Speaking of Dividends