Beyond Bulls & Bears

ETF trends to watch in 2024: Bitcoin’s impact on alternatives and thematics
ETFs

ETF trends to watch in 2024: Bitcoin’s impact on alternatives and thematics

With a laser focus on the future, David Mann, our Head of Global Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) Product and Capital Markets, shares his 2024 outlook for the ETF industry and the key trends he sees taking shape.

Meet the Manager: Lloyd Nemerever
Fixed Income

Meet the Manager: Lloyd Nemerever

Having a degree in mathematics and an interest in improving processes has led Lloyd Nemerever, Head of Municipal Bonds SMA Strategies, to a successful career in investment management. Find out about innovations in the municipal bond market space that Lloyd is excited about and get to know more about him in this Q&A.

Food for Thought: The Fed—We’ll get there when we get there!
Fixed Income

Food for Thought: The Fed—We’ll get there when we get there!

Instead of pivoting directly toward an easing bias, the Federal Open Market Committee opted for a wait-and-watch approach in January. Franklin Fixed Income Economist Nikhil Mohan expects rate cuts to come, but not quite as soon as or as many as markets have been anticipating.

Quick Thoughts: Kicking the can down the road
Equity

Quick Thoughts: Kicking the can down the road

While interest rates were left unchanged at the January Fed meeting as expected, there were some interesting hints about future monetary policy. Stephen Dover, Head of Franklin Templeton Institute, opines.

Consider This: 2024 elections
Equity

Consider This: 2024 elections

Political risk is global in 2024: Franklin Templeton Institute’s Kim Catechis highlights key elections to watch across the world in the coming year.

US economy: Ending 2023 on an unexpected high
Fixed Income

US economy: Ending 2023 on an unexpected high

US gross domestic product surprised to the upside in the fourth quarter of 2023, primarily led by US consumers and the government. Franklin Fixed Income Economist Nikhil Mohan sees the growth mix remaining largely the same in 2024.

ECB in little rush to cut rates
Fixed Income

ECB in little rush to cut rates

The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged, without conveying any urgency to start cutting rates in the next few months. David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income’s Head of European Fixed Income, weighs in on the implications for investors—and why lengthening duration may make sense.

Alternative Allocations: Alternative Investment Outlook
Alternatives

Alternative Allocations: Alternative Investment Outlook

Franklin Templeton’s Tony Davidow discusses the impact of various factors on traditional and alternative investments, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in private commercial real estate, private credit, and private equity.

K2 Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: First Quarter 2024
Alternatives

K2 Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: First Quarter 2024

Interest rates in most parts of the world appear to be stabilizing, as inflation trends continue to decline from the high levels seen in the summer of 2022. Learn more about the implications for hedge fund strategies from K2 Advisors.

SECURE 2.0 creates new backdoor Roth opportunity
Education

SECURE 2.0 creates new backdoor Roth opportunity

Here’s a look at how a new legislative provision may be an opportunity to help jump-start retirement savings for children while saving for college at the same time.

Unwrapping the good things that come in small (cap) packages
ETFs

Unwrapping the good things that come in small (cap) packages

The surge in small-cap stock performance in the final weeks of 2023 may signal a long-awaited turnaround for smaller companies that have lagged large-cap peers for a decade, according to Head of Global Index Portfolio Management Dina Ting. She analyzes the challenges small caps experienced in the past year and why she believes they now offer potentially attractive opportunities in 2024.

On My Mind: Catch me if you can—Markets outrun the Fed
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Catch me if you can—Markets outrun the Fed

The Federal Reserve has fueled market conviction that the good old days of extremely low interest rates and abundant liquidity are soon to return. Our Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai sees this reaction as an excess of dovish enthusiasm that sets the stage for more volatility. She shares her latest insights on the policy outlook and the implications for investors.