Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Fixed Income

The Fed’s Long Unwinding Road

“The multi-year massive expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet has had a recognized powerful effect on asset markets—lowering yields and flattening the yield curve. Yet investors now seem to expect that the reverse process will have little impact, if any. We disagree.” - Michael Hasenstab, Templeton Global Macro

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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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Fixed Income

India’s Reform Movement Gains Momentum

Templeton Global Macro CIO Michael Hasenstab recently visited India, and takes a look at some of the reforms he’s most excited about as a global fixed-income investor. He believes India’s future looks bright and that its growth trajectory should remain strong—despite some short-term adjustments.

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Emerging Markets

How the Asian Financial Crisis Reshaped Emerging Markets

Templeton Global Macro CIO Michael Hasenstab looks at how the response of local policymakers in the two decades since the Asian Financial Crisis has impacted emerging markets, and why he believes some of the most unloved local currency markets today represent exciting opportunities.

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Perspectives

Uncharted Terrain: Today’s Global Market Drivers

Despite some uncertainties, economic improvements in developed and emerging markets have supported a positive mood across both equity and fixed income this year. However, with some risks on the horizon, many investors are wondering whether the tide may turn. Against this backdrop, Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

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Fixed Income

Trade and Taxes in a World With Borders

“Successful [US] corporate tax reform would go a long way in promoting the incentives for real investment over the long term. Since weak investment has been identified as a potential drag on productivity growth since the global financial crisis, this shift in incentives could have strong and long-lived benefits.” - Michael Hasenstab, Templeton Global Macro

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Emerging Markets

Hasenstab: US Election Rhetoric vs. Realities

Dr. Michael Hasenstab, CIO of Templeton Global Macro, commented on market reactions to the results of the US election in a video from his team’s ...

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Emerging Markets

Snapshot View: Fed Remains on Hold

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) decided not to raise interest rates at its September policy meeting, even though some market observers would argue ...

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Multi-Asset

Politics, Policies and Market Resiliency

This year has been one full of uncertainty and surprises on many fronts. While the United States has been embroiled in pre-presidential election ...

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Perspectives

Spotlight on Brazil

With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games underway, the world has been watching Brazil. While Brazil’s economic and political challenges certainly ...

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Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets: Mapping the Opportunities

In the latest edition of “Global Macro Shifts,” the Templeton Global Macro team provides an in-depth evaluation of emerging markets that reminds ...

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Fixed Income

A Global Macro View of Brexit Implications

While the knee-jerk market reactions to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) fade, some longer-term ramifications could ...