Beyond Bulls & Bears

Short-Term Uncertainties as COVID-19 Cases Spike
Multi-Asset

Short-Term Uncertainties as COVID-19 Cases Spike

As regional lockdowns loom in light of a renewed spike in coronavirus cases, the near-term outlook may be a bit bumpy, says Gene Podkaminer, Head of Research at Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions. He explores the potential market implications of renewed lockdowns and comments on how vaccine availability might affect a future economic recovery.

A Small-Cap Value Analyst’s View on US P&C Insurers
Equity

A Small-Cap Value Analyst’s View on US P&C Insurers

Franklin Small Cap Value Fund Assistant Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst Nick Karzon gives five reasons why we continue to see attractive long-term opportunities for select small-capitalization (small-cap) property and casualty (P&C) insurers.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Why Fixed Income Now
Fixed Income

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Why Fixed Income Now

With yields near zero, many investors may question the value of fixed income within a portfolio. Western Asset’s Head of Product Management, Doug Hulsey, joins our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, to discuss fixed income investing with an active-management lens. He makes a case for the asset class for investors in light of market uncertainties and outlines where he sees opportunities today.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Neutral to Positive for Municipals
Fixed Income

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Neutral to Positive for Municipals

Our Katie Klingensmith joined Muni Bond Team Research Director Jennifer Johnston to discuss the potential implications of the US elections for the municipal bond market, against a backdrop of COVID-19.

Monitoring Biotech’s Race for a Vaccine
Equity

Monitoring Biotech’s Race for a Vaccine

Franklin Equity Group's Evan McCulloch and Wendy Lam give their take on when a COVID-19 vaccine could be available for public use.

On My Mind: Knowledge Drives Confidence, Confidence Drives Growth
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Knowledge Drives Confidence, Confidence Drives Growth

The Franklin Templeton–Gallup Economics of Recovery Study has heralded some interesting results in regard to the attitudes and behavior of Americans in response to the ongoing pandemic—and what developments could change both. Our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai shares her thoughts on the latest wave of survey findings, including the value of trusted advice in navigating financial and investment concerns.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Pandemic Reshaping Real Estate
Alternatives

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Pandemic Reshaping Real Estate

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted real estate in many ways, but the question for investors in the space is whether the changes it has instigated will be longer-lasting ones. Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover and David Gilbert, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Clarion Partners, discuss real estate trends today and which areas look more promising than others.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Policy and Pandemic Drive Macro View
Perspectives

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Policy and Pandemic Drive Macro View

We’ve seen aggressive government and central bank support to stimulate economies sickened from COVID-19 slowdowns, but will the global economy right itself in 2021? Templeton Global Macro CIO Michael Hasenstab and Francis Scotland, Director of Global Macro Research at Brandywine Global, share their macro outlook for the year ahead. They opine on whether the glass looks half empty or half full as the world eagerly awaits a vaccine and as US policies shift amid a change in administration.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Positive for Europe
Perspectives

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Positive for Europe

Global markets embraced the removal of uncertainty surrounding the US elections, and many European leaders in particular welcomed a renewed relationship with the world’s largest economy under President-elect Joe Biden. Our Katrina Dudley and David Zahn discuss the implications for European equities and fixed income of a new US administration, including the “green” agenda Europe has prioritized. They also touch on the impact of COVID-19 on the region and recent news of an effective vaccine.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Time for Strategy Rotation
Alternatives

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Time for Strategy Rotation

Global equity markets rallied on Monday after major networks declared Joe Biden the winner of the US presidential election, and early analysis of a COVID-19 vaccine from a large US drugmaker showed promising results. Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover joined Brooks Ritchey of K2 Advisors to discuss what these two events could mean for certain commodity, currency, equity and fixed income markets, particularly in the United States and emerging markets. They also take a look at why “rotation” is the word of the week for many of K2’s hedge strategies.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Opportunities in Equity Sectors
Equity

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Opportunities in Equity Sectors

Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover joined Templeton Global Equity Group CIO Alan Bartlett and Franklin Equity Group Portfolio Manager Grant Bowers to discuss what the latest election results likely mean for the technology and health care sectors. They also share their thoughts on potential investment opportunities in other sectors in a global landscape defined by COVID-19.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Stimulus and Thinking Differently about Risk
Multi-Asset

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Stimulus and Thinking Differently about Risk

As investors await the US presidential election’s final outcome, our Head of Equities Stephen Dover joined Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions’ Gene Podkaminer to discuss why they think it is increasingly vital for a divided US Congress to provide additional fiscal stimulus to get the US economy back on track amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They also share their views on how certain macroeconomic factors, such as inflation and growth, as well as fiscal and monetary policy, could affect potential investments across global asset classes.