Beyond Bulls & Bears

Multi-Asset Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak
Multi-Asset

Multi-Asset Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak that started in China could certainly be considered an unexpected market shock, one which looks to remain a concern for a while longer. Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer offer an update on the latest developments in the spread of the coronavirus, its implications for global markets, and outline how they approach unexpected shocks like this one and others.

The UK Has Left the EU. What’s Next Post-Brexit?
Fixed Income

The UK Has Left the EU. What’s Next Post-Brexit?

It’s been 3-1/2 years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and the process known as Brexit has been far from smooth. Now that the deadline to leave has passed, what’s next for the United Kingdom, and for Europe? Our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn says that while there’s no turning back, there are still quite a few kinks to be worked out, including the all-important trade agreements.

A Value Investor View of Market Dynamics and Potential Dislocations
Equity

A Value Investor View of Market Dynamics and Potential Dislocations

Equities saw strong 2019 performances across the globe, so the big question for investors is whether the bullish momentum can continue. Templeton Global Equity Group’s Alan Bartlett and Tony Docal provide a look at what drove the positive performances around the globe in late 2019, and how they are poised to take advantage of any potential dislocations in the year ahead.

Municipal Bond Perspective: Approach High Yield with Caution in 2020
Fixed Income

Municipal Bond Perspective: Approach High Yield with Caution in 2020

As we head into 2020, municipal bonds will likely remain attractive for many tax-sensitive investors, but their performance potential could prove to be relatively muted compared to 2019, according to Sheila Amoroso, director of our Municipal Bond Department. She and her team say this is due to the general level of interest rates and tighter yield spreads, particularly for lower-rated segments of the municipal market. They believe that while now may be a good time to consider a more cautious approach, they still see potential for high levels of tax-exempt income.

Monitoring China’s Outbreak, and Other Potential Market Shocks
Fixed Income

Monitoring China’s Outbreak, and Other Potential Market Shocks

The Templeton Global Macro team takes a look at the implications of the coronavirus in China, and positioning for potential market shocks.

On My Mind: Oops! They QE’d Again
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Oops! They QE’d Again

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has gone back to expanding its balance sheet. Some claim that quantitative easing (QE) is back; the Fed denies it. What we call it isn’t the point, says Sonal Desai, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO—what matters are the implications of this “permanently loose” policy stance for asset prices, investment strategy and market volatility.

Allocation Views: Taking a Nimble Approach to 2020
Multi-Asset

Allocation Views: Taking a Nimble Approach to 2020

Although easing US-China trade tensions have renewed investor optimism about global economic growth, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer still see some potential geopolitical headwinds on the horizon. In the latest edition of “Allocation Views,” they share their concerns and explain why they continue to believe navigating challenges in the year ahead will require nimble management.

Taking a Long-Term View on Oil
Equity

Taking a Long-Term View on Oil

Franklin Equity Group’s Fred Fromm gives his take on global oil markets amid elevated tensions between the United States and Iran.

On My Mind: Will the US Economy Survive the Politics in 2020?
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Will the US Economy Survive the Politics in 2020?

The many gloomy predictions for 2019 did not come to pass, but can we be more optimistic for 2020? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai draws the key lessons from last year and outlines what she expects for the year ahead and her main concerns, with political uncertainty top of the list.

Active ETFs, Small ETFs and Other Trends to Watch in 2020
LibertyShares

Active ETFs, Small ETFs and Other Trends to Watch in 2020

As we kick off the new year, market prognosticators are busy making their 2020 predictions. David Mann, our Head of Capital Markets, Global Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), once offers some thoughts on trends and milestones within the ETF industry he thinks could come to fruition in 2020.

Considering Broad Investment Implications of US/Iranian Tensions
Multi-Asset

Considering Broad Investment Implications of US/Iranian Tensions

Our senior investment leaders recently met to discuss rising US/Middle East tensions. They share a few initial thoughts on the potential market implications.

Why Digital Transformation Should Remain Resilient in 2020
Equity

Why Digital Transformation Should Remain Resilient in 2020

“In our view, select companies enabling digital transformation are likely to outperform competitors in the years ahead.” – Jonathan Curtis, Franklin Equity Group