Beyond Bulls & Bears

Convertible Securities: a Versatile Asset Class
Equity

Convertible Securities: a Versatile Asset Class

“Given the run we’ve seen in the US equity market over the past few years, many investors may be concerned about stock valuations and their equity exposures. In this environment, some investors may want to consider select exposure to convertible securities.” – Alan Muschott, Franklin Equity Group

Time to Reset Expectations?
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.

The Cutting Edge: Not Just for Tech Companies Anymore
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®

In the Know: Clean Power Plan Faces Supreme Challenge
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 ...

On January Barometers and Market Bargains
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, ...

Will Equities See a Sweeter ’16 Ahead?
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 ...

A Sense of Déjà Vu
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 ...

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

Finding What’s Real in Real Estate

Finding What’s Real in Real Estate

Tip-Toeing Through Tulip Mania

Tip-Toeing Through Tulip Mania

Swimming with Sharks

Swimming with Sharks

New Year’s Vantage Point: Mark Mobius

New Year’s Vantage Point: Mark Mobius