Beyond Bulls & Bears

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.

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.

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.

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.

Global Investment Outlook PODCAST: Coping with a Changing Market Landscape in 2020
Multi-Asset

Global Investment Outlook PODCAST: Coping with a Changing Market Landscape in 2020

Our senior investment leaders have a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2020. They still do not see a global recession looming and believe there are plenty of reasons to remain invested. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group CIO Sonal Desai, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions CIO Ed Perks and our Head of Equities Stephen Dover, share their outlook

Outlook for Municipal Bond Investing
Fixed Income

Outlook for Municipal Bond Investing

Municipal bonds can continue to provide a number of potential benefits for tax-sensitive investors as we move into 2020, according to Shelia Amoroso, director of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s Municipal Bond Department. However, following the strong results in 2019, she and the team expect total return potential to be muted in 2020, with likely increased volatility.

Allocation Views: 2020 Appears Tilted to the Downside
Multi-Asset

Allocation Views: 2020 Appears Tilted to the Downside

While US-China trade tensions and other concerns prompt a cautionary stance when it comes to risk assets, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer nonetheless remain positive about the US equity market in the year ahead, citing a number of long-term growth drivers that still remain in place. In the latest edition of “Allocation Views,” they share their 2020 outlook.

A Fixed Income View of 2020: Separating Sentiment from Fact
Fixed Income

A Fixed Income View of 2020: Separating Sentiment from Fact

Investors could be in for a bumpy year ahead, according to Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai. She emphasizes the importance of separating the facts from the headlines, but also thinks it’s a good time to look to “de-risk” portfolios to some extent, while still remaining invested.

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."

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.