Beyond Bulls & Bears

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.

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing
Perspectives

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing

Our ESG study found some regional nuances, such as the importance of climate change, particularly for European and North American investors.

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.

Getting Comfortable with ETF Liquidity
LibertyShares

Getting Comfortable with ETF Liquidity

Many people put a lot of thought into the purchase of an asset—whether it’s a car, an investment vehicle or even a more mundane item—but might not think as much about what happens when they don’t want it anymore. David Mann, our Head of Capital Markets, Global Exchange-Traded Funds, draws some parallels between buying and selling an ETF and one of those mundane items: a mattress.

PODCAST: A Look at the Changing Value of Financial Advisors and Growing Interest in Model Portfolios
Education

PODCAST: A Look at the Changing Value of Financial Advisors and Growing Interest in Model Portfolios

Mike O’Brien, Workplace Solutions Marketing Director, RA & Solutions Marketing, speaks with David Lyon, founder and CEO of Oranj, a wealth management platform for financial professionals, to talk about the changing value of financial advisors over the next decade. They discuss and how technology has helped the further adoption of model portfolios due to the rising demand of individualized service.

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.

Five Reasons to Consider Investing in Small-Cap Value Stocks
Equity

Five Reasons to Consider Investing in Small-Cap Value Stocks

“Despite our overall optimistic view on the outlook for small-cap value stocks, we constantly focus on the downside risk.” - Steve Raineri, Franklin Small Cap Value Fund

Implications of the Coronavirus for Natural Resource Investors
Equity

Implications of the Coronavirus for Natural Resource Investors

Despite the coronavirus outbreak’s near-term impact on commodity prices and natural resources stocks, Franklin Equity Group's Fred Fromm explains why he thinks the situation is likely to be manageable for most companies in the long run.

K2 Advisors: First Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook
Alternatives

K2 Advisors: First Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook

Pricing dislocations in Europe, performance dispersion across the credit spectrum and shifts in the political landscape should likely provide abundant opportunities for select hedge strategies in the year ahead, according to K2 Advisors. The team shares some macro themes and questions its focused on, and shares its outlook for various hedge strategies.

Closing the European Performance Gap
Equity

Closing the European Performance Gap

Although European equities performed well in 2019, there’s still a significant value and performance gap compared to US stocks, according to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Katrina Dudley. Here, she gives reasons why she’s optimistic about the backdrop for European value stocks and discusses some potential market-moving events she’s monitoring.