Beyond Bulls & Bears

Tory Victory Offers a Boost to UK Market–But for How Long?
Fixed Income

Tory Victory Offers a Boost to UK Market–But for How Long?

The Conservative victory in the UK General Election should bring some relief for UK markets, according to our Head of European Fixed Income, David Zahn. But he warns investors’ attention is likely to turn quickly to how the new government can really “get Brexit done."

An Equity View of 2020: An Unloved Bull Market Could Continue to Run
Equity

An Equity View of 2020: An Unloved Bull Market Could Continue to Run

Investors remain concerned a potential global or US recession could be on the horizon, but our Head of Equities Stephen Dover doesn’t see it. He shares why he has that view, and where he sees potential investment opportunities in the year ahead.

Assessing Potential US Health Care Reforms Ahead of an Election Year
Equity

Assessing Potential US Health Care Reforms Ahead of an Election Year

Franklin Equity Group’s Evan McCulloch discusses why we might see US legislation on drug pricing before the 2020 US Presidential Election. He also explains why he’s optimistic about the outlook for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Measuring and Quantifying ETF Liquidity
LibertyShares

Measuring and Quantifying ETF Liquidity

Liquidity is something most investors say they want, but they often aren’t exactly sure how to quantify or measure it. Our David Mann and Megan Rust address the subject when it comes to exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Two Reasons US Equities May Keep Climbing into 2020
Equity

Two Reasons US Equities May Keep Climbing into 2020

"When we look at the data and what’s going on in the market, we believe this late-cycle period can last much longer than people expect." – Grant Bowers, portfolio manager, Franklin Equity Group

Non-Transparent Active ETFs Get Regulatory Nod
Alternatives

Non-Transparent Active ETFs Get Regulatory Nod

The menu of types and styles of exchange-traded funds available to investors keeps growing. The Securities and Exchange Commission just approved four proposals for a new type of exchange traded fund: non-transparent, active ETFs. David Mann, our Head of Global ETF Capital Markets, explains the implications.

Navigating New Global Market Uncertainties
Equity

Navigating New Global Market Uncertainties

Templeton Global Equity Group’s Tony Docal, Peter Moeschter and Heather Waddell provide an overview of events shaping markets in the third quarter and share their outlook for global equities. They explain their preference for multinational companies in the United Kingdom, why they see downside risk as limited in Europe versus the United States and why they still see a case for value investing.

Beyond Alignment: Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals
Alternatives

Beyond Alignment: Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

Our Raymond Jacobs and John Levy from Franklin Real Asset Advisors explain why impact investment products labeled as “aligned with the SDGs” should move beyond just alignment and make a real contribution to positive social and environmental outcomes.

In the Know: Finding Value Among US Microcap Stocks
Equity

In the Know: Finding Value Among US Microcap Stocks

When many investors think of microcap stocks, they envision high growth stocks that are like rockets. They soar when times are good, and crash and burn when times are bad. We recently caught up with Oliver Wong, portfolio manager, Franklin MicroCap Value Fund. He explained his approach to finding higher-quality, smaller companies within the equity universe that have the potential to perform well in different market environments.

Four-Dimensional Chess
Fixed Income

Four-Dimensional Chess

Data science has brought investors powerful new tools to help generate returns, so is there still need for a human touch? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai weighs in on the role of quantitative science within the active-passive investment debate.

Templeton Global Macro: An Update on our ESG Scores
Fixed Income

Templeton Global Macro: An Update on our ESG Scores

Templeton Global Macro evaluates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in its macroeconomic research process and describes the process of codifying the team’s research discussions into quantifiable scores.