Beyond Bulls & Bears

Mapping the Influence of AI and Machine Learning
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Mapping the Influence of AI and Machine Learning

The evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) has rarely been far from the headlines in recent years. Its influence now reaches into nearly every sector and geography and holds economic and political ramifications that many experts say are on par with the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century. In a new publication, "Artificial Intelligence: Real Opportunity," our research analysts examine the growing influence of AI across sectors. In this extract, they explain how they evaluate investment potential for AI capabilities.

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

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

Meet the Manager: Wendy Lam
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Meet the Manager: Wendy Lam

“As a biotech investor, my job is to somehow predict the future. I have to predict whether a clinical trial for a drug is going to succeed or fail, whether a drug is going to receive FDA approval or whether physicians will prescribe a drug.” - Wendy Lam

The Glistening Project: Why Some Investors Are Looking Again at Gold
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The Glistening Project: Why Some Investors Are Looking Again at Gold

For some investors, increasing exposure to gold has been a knee-jerk reaction to bouts of heightened financial market volatility. Franklin Equity Group’s Steve Land says there’s more to gold than that. And he explains why he’s positive about both the prospects for gold and for gold equities.

PODCAST: Talking Tech in an Era of Digital Transformation
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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. 

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

A Few Words on Equity-Market Volatility
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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.

Innovation Stretches Beyond Labels
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Innovation Stretches Beyond Labels

“We broadly agree with the GICS reclassification and believe the new sector homes for many stocks will better reflect their core business lines. However, we might suggest the GICS reform doesn’t go far enough. As long-term investors, we classify companies according to their ‘end-market,’ or the need that is being met.” – Matthew Moberg, Franklin Equity Group

New Innovation Spurring a Biotech Rejuvenation
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New Innovation Spurring a Biotech Rejuvenation

“We’ve seen medical advancements and breakthroughs in drugs and health care technology reach unprecedented levels in recent years. We foresee this potentially long cycle of innovation persisting.” – Evan McCulloch, Franklin Equity Group

Why We Think the US Equity Bull Market Could Keep Running into 2019
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Why We Think the US Equity Bull Market Could Keep Running into 2019

Now that the US equity bull market has officially hit the history books as the longest on record, some observers are concerned it could soon stumble. Grant Bowers, vice president and portfolio manager, Franklin Equity Group, outlines why he thinks it could keep running into 2019.