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On My Mind: Bringing the Economy Back from Life Support
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Bringing the Economy Back from Life Support

With recent data showing a coronavirus-driven recession in the United States appears inevitable, the question for many investors is how long it will last. Sonal Desai, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income, weighs in on the differences between this one and other recessionary periods—and whether policymakers can engineer a recovery.

More Heavy Lifting from the Fed—While Congress Squabbles
Fixed Income

More Heavy Lifting from the Fed—While Congress Squabbles

The US Federal Reserve continues to use whatever tools it can to help combat economic fallout from the coronavirus. Sonal Desai, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income, calls its latest response “a whole new level” of stimulus.

Navigating the Muni Market in Today’s Environment
Fixed Income

Navigating the Muni Market in Today’s Environment

As coronavirus-related market volatility expands into municipal bonds, the Franklin Municipal Bond Department explains how they are navigating an increasingly challenging muni-market environment.

On My Mind: The Fed Speaks Loudly and Carries a Big Stick
Fixed Income

On My Mind: The Fed Speaks Loudly and Carries a Big Stick

The US Fed just announced a number of new measures to help the economy as the coronavirus spreads. Our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai weighs in.

UK Budget Ease Follows Coordinated BOE Rate Cut
Fixed Income

UK Budget Ease Follows Coordinated BOE Rate Cut

Newly appointed UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak tore up the fiscal rulebook and unveiled a spend-heavy UK budget, announced just after the Bank of England delivered an emergency interest-rate cut. Our David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income, weighs in, noting that the UK government is one of the first to provide a coordinated fiscal and monetary policy response to battle the economic impact of the coronavirus.

US High Yield Faces Double Whammy
Fixed Income

US High Yield Faces Double Whammy

Financial markets across the globe have been dealt a one-two punch—the spread of the coronavirus and an oil price war that caused prices to plummet. Glenn Voyles, Matt Fey and Bryant Dieffenbacher of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income examine the impact on high-yield credit.

What’s Next for European Monetary Policy?
Fixed Income

What’s Next for European Monetary Policy?

David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income, shares his macroeconomic outlook for the region. He weighs in on why the European Central Bank (ECB) could remain accommodative.

The Fed Responds
Fixed Income

The Fed Responds

The US Federal Reserve surprised markets on Tuesday with an interest-rate cut, but will it restore investor confidence? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai shares her initial reaction.

How Will Central Banks React to the Novel Coronavirus?
Fixed Income

How Will Central Banks React to the Novel Coronavirus?

The coronavirus outbreak poses many questions for fixed income investors, including whether current global market volatility is an overreaction, how global economic growth will be affected and for how long. Against this backdrop, John Beck, Franklin Templeton’s Director of Fixed Income, London, gives his take on how he thinks global central banks will respond to the outbreak and the likely impact on fixed income markets.

Coping with Coronavirus-Induced Market Volatility: A Multi-Asset Update
Multi-Asset

Coping with Coronavirus-Induced Market Volatility: A Multi-Asset Update

The spread of the coronavirus has created heightened market volatility in recent weeks, but the Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions team remains focused on long-term market fundamentals. Here, Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer offer an update on how they are approaching the situation, and which countries appear more insulated to growth shocks.

Full Economic Implications of Coronavirus Largely Unknown
Perspectives

Full Economic Implications of Coronavirus Largely Unknown

As markets continue to assess the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Templeton Global Macro team shares an update on the economic and market implications, which they say could be more detrimental—and last longer—than many observers previously thought.

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.