Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Why Tech-Sector Volatility Doesn’t Worry Us

While a few companies in the US technology space have been in the hot seat lately, Jonathan Curtis, vice president and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group, is largely unfazed. He said temporary “blips” affecting certain stocks are par for the course as consumers get used to new technologies—and how they impact our lives. He sees the overall long-term fundamental backdrop for the sector as sound.

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Why US Tax Reform Could Drive Dividends Higher

“Our research suggests that companies that grow their dividends tend to experience greater long-term stock price appreciation than companies that maintain their dividends or don’t pay one at all. And we have found that a consistently rising dividend tends to be an indicator of solid earnings growth, a resilient business model and a commitment by management to return cash to shareholders.” – Don Taylor, Franklin Equity Group

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Keeping One’s Options Open: The Case for Convertible Securities

When the outlook is uncertain, it can be good to keep one’s options open. Alan Muschott, vice president and portfolio manager, Franklin Equity Group, says convertible securities’ ability to adapt to myriad market conditions makes them an attractive vehicle as we head into the uncertainties of the year ahead. He outlines why companies issue convertible securities—and why many investors find them an attractive addition to their portfolios.

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Winded Markets May Face a More Difficult Climb in 2018

“We believe this rosier global outlook is largely priced into equities. The US market is looking the most expensive to us at a time when US corporate earnings are already well past their prior peaks.” – Coleen Barbeau, Franklin Equity Group

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Self-Driving Vehicles: The Race to Get Them on the Road

Technological advancements over the past two decades have moved the idea of self-driving cars from the realm of science fiction to fact. Recently, Franklin Templeton Investments assembled a panel of professionals to discuss the competition between traditional vehicle manufacturers and technology companies in the race to develop a truly autonomous car.

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How Technology Has Set Industries on a Journey of Opportunity

"As we look at the race for fully autonomous automobiles, the question of who will get there first—and more importantly who figures out how to commercialize and monetize this technology once they do get there—is still pretty wide open." - James Cross, Robert Rendler and Robert Stevenson, Franklin Equity Group and Aleck Beach, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group

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Addressing Always-Connected Technology

"We believe the transition to technology-on-demand will likely integrate technology even further in our day-to-day lives in the years ahead.” - Matt Moberg, Franklin Equity Group

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An Exciting Time for the Energy Sector

"Our general takeaway is that energy sector opportunities in 2017 and 2018 are likely to be more idiosyncratic and company-specific, whereas in the recent past they’ve been driven more by the macro commodity price environment. As fundamental, bottom-up investors, this is an environment we welcome.” Fred Fromm, Franklin Equity Group

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Smartphones and Software Keys to Realizing “Dot-Com Dreams”

When the Internet burst on the scene about 20 years ago, some tech experts vowed the Web would soon infiltrate all aspects of our lives. It took ...

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Dividend “Achievers”: Most Likely to Yield?

After years of favoring growth and momentum stocks, many equity investors have turned their attention to value-oriented shares so far in 2016, ...

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The Politics—and Potential—of US Biotech

The US biotech industry has been in the sickbed so far this year, with many of its indexes in negative territory year to date, even as the overall ...

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Tech Innovations: Best in Two Decades?

Despite a jittery start to the year, by mid-March the US technology sector had resumed its position as an outperformer versus the overall US ...