Beyond Bulls & Bears

PODCAST: Talking Tech in an Era of Digital Transformation
Equity

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. 

Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
Alternatives

Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

“While things remain relatively tranquil on the surface, macroeconomic concerns―including geopolitical hot spots, growing political uncertainty in Europe, trade wars and major central bank policy divergence—all pose legitimate problems for market stability. In addition, perhaps one the most overlooked concerns today is the threat of continued rising interest rates in the United States.” - K2 Advisors, July 26, 2018.

Talking Trade Tensions, Inflation and Volatility
Multi-Asset

Talking Trade Tensions, Inflation and Volatility

Global growth has been accelerating, but there are a few potential headwinds that could cause it to stall. Three of our senior investment leaders—Ed Perks, Chris Molumphy and Stephen Dover—recently participated in a panel discussion on the potential impact of trade tensions, inflation and other issues on their radar.

Why Tech-Sector Volatility Doesn’t Worry Us
Equity

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.

Symmetry Policy: How to Adapt to a More Volatile Market Environment
Equity

Symmetry Policy: How to Adapt to a More Volatile Market Environment

“Unusually subdued levels of volatility during 2017 possibly lured some investors into a false sense of security. But as precipitous market moves in early February and late March suggested a return to more historically normal levels of volatility, the question for investors now is how to adapt their approach to the new environment.” Dylan Ball, Templeton Global Equity Group

Growth and Value Investing: A Complementary Approach
Equity

Growth and Value Investing: A Complementary Approach

Growth and value investing are often seen as competing styles, with one outperforming or underperforming the other during different periods of time and market cycles. While the approaches may differ, Stephen Dover, head of equities at Franklin Templeton Investments, and Norm Boersma, chief investment officer of Templeton Global Equity Group, say growth versus value doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition.

Seeing the Big Picture in Market Corrections
Equity

Seeing the Big Picture in Market Corrections

While we don’t know when the equity market’s recent volatility will settle down, it’s important to consider the big-picture, fundamental backdrop for the market, and not get caught up in short-term sentiment swings, according to Franklin Templeton’s head of equities, Stephen Dover. And, he believes the fundamental backdrop still looks solid.

Cutting Through the Political Noise for Opportunities in Europe
Equity

Cutting Through the Political Noise for Opportunities in Europe

"Although recent history shows there is reason to be skeptical of political polls, we do not believe populist parties will score victories significant enough in national elections to cause an existential threat to the European Union (EU)." - Philippe Brugere-Trelat and Katrina Dudley, Franklin Mutual Series

Putting Europe’s Growing Bond Market into Perspective
Fixed Income

Putting Europe’s Growing Bond Market into Perspective

The clamor is already building for the European Central Bank to take further monetary policy easing steps at its forthcoming governing council ...

This Is Not 2008
Emerging Markets

This Is Not 2008

Michael Hasenstab, CIO of Templeton Global Macro, says many market watchers are panicking like it’s 2008 again—in the throes of financial crisis. ...

Oil’s Well That Ends Well?
Perspectives

Oil’s Well That Ends Well?

The drop in global oil prices to their lowest levels in more than 10 years might seem like good news for consumers, but the markets have been ...

Actively Managing for a Less-Correlated World
Alternatives

Actively Managing for a Less-Correlated World

The 2007-2008 financial crisis and the monetary policy responses that helped to push interest rates in the developed world to historical lows also ...