Beyond Bulls & Bears

On My Mind: Better Information Key to Vaccine “V-Day”
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Better Information Key to Vaccine “V-Day”

With a new wave of COVID-19 contagion triggering a new round of economic restrictions across a number of countries, hopes are more than ever focused on the quick release of a vaccine. But the latest pulse of our Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study reveals that better public information will be key for a vaccine to deliver a “V-Day” for the pandemic and the recovery. The latest poll also warns to watch out for rising prices. Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai breaks down the latest results.

Quick Thoughts: US Elections, Global Stimulus, and 2021 Growth
Fixed Income

Quick Thoughts: US Elections, Global Stimulus, and 2021 Growth

Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, and Western Asset’s CIO, Ken Leech, believe global stimulus and the likely longer availability of zero or negative interest rates will support the path to growth in 2021. And China will continue its growth path to becoming a bigger part of the global financial community.

Water Disruption: Investment Risk from Multiple Angles
Perspectives

Water Disruption: Investment Risk from Multiple Angles

Water itself isn’t just an economic policy issue and risk arising from population growth and climate change. Water is impacting the day-to-day operations of investee companies and how they are thinking through their own business models and business risk.

Student Housing: A Sector in Peril?
Fixed Income

Student Housing: A Sector in Peril?

Our municipal bond team’s Vander Shanholt gives his take on the long-term challenges for student housing projects. He also explains why state budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to opportunities for public-private partnerships to finance campus infrastructure projects.

European Union Launches Social Bonds
Fixed Income

European Union Launches Social Bonds

The coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges for individuals, businesses and governments around the world. In Europe, there’s a new vehicle to help finance the economic recovery there—social bonds. David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, discusses this exciting new bond issuance, earmarked for funding employment initiatives.

Quick Thoughts: 2020 US Elections and Personal Tax Considerations
Alternatives

Quick Thoughts: 2020 US Elections and Personal Tax Considerations

Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, and Fiduciary Trust International Managing Director, Craig Richards, consider the US elections’ possible impacts to personal taxes. Both a “blue wave” or another Republican administration may encourage taxpayers and investors to start their 2021 tax planning now.

Muni Bond Perspectives on the 2020 Election
Fixed Income

Muni Bond Perspectives on the 2020 Election

How might the November US election affect municipal bonds? Our muni bond team looks at potential impacts at the local, state and national levels.

The Post-Pandemic Case for International Markets
LibertyShares

The Post-Pandemic Case for International Markets

Our Dina Ting offers three reasons she and her team believe the case for international markets is once again strong, and opines on how recent market events have created new—or amplified existing—opportunities for investors to express views on specific countries.

Tax-Loss Harvesting: A Silver Lining for Single-Country ETFs?
LibertyShares

Tax-Loss Harvesting: A Silver Lining for Single-Country ETFs?

While the subject of taxes would probably elicit a yawn as dinner party conversation (assuming dinner parties happen again at some point), it’s something many investors need to contemplate as year-end approaches. David Mann, our Head of ETF Capital Markets, discusses the concept of tax-loss harvesting and how it can be a silver lining for investors in single-country exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

K2 Advisors Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook
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K2 Advisors Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook

Given elements of uncertainty tied to COVID-19, geopolitics and policy decisions to come in the United States and across the globe, our K2 Advisors team believes the current environment may favor nimble, shorter-term strategies. Brooks Ritchey and Robert Christian provide the team’s fourth quarter hedge-fund strategy outlook.

Outlook and Implications for the Upcoming US Election
Equity

Outlook and Implications for the Upcoming US Election

Franklin Equity Group Portfolio Manager Grant Bowers considers what potential election outcomes could mean for the US equity market. He also explains why he thinks investors should prepare for possible bouts of equity market volatility.

On My Mind: A Strong Recovery, Many Challenges Ahead
Fixed Income

On My Mind: A Strong Recovery, Many Challenges Ahead

While the US economy has been staging a strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge is far from over, says Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai. She says the tug of war between the virus and the economy seems likely to continue until an effective vaccine is made available at scale.