Beyond Bulls & Bears

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: No Blue Wave Lessens Policy Uncertainty
Equity

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: No Blue Wave Lessens Policy Uncertainty

While the race for US president has not yet been decided, it does appear there is some certainty over the Congressional makeup, with a split maintained between Democrat and Republican majorities in the two chambers. Our Katie Klingensmith talks with our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, and co-CIO of ClearBridge, Scott Glasser for their thoughts on why this might be a good thing for equities.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: How Shifting Attitudes Impact Recovery
Perspectives

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: How Shifting Attitudes Impact Recovery

In our latest Election Pulse, our Head of Equities Stephen Dover is joined by Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai and Gallup's Jonathan Rothwell to discuss survey findings on COVID-19 and its impact on the consumer. They discuss attitudes about vaccines, mask-wearing, and where they think the research may lead them post-election.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: The Only Certainty is Uncertainty
Perspectives

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: The Only Certainty is Uncertainty

With just one day until the November 3 US elections, our Head of Equities Stephen Dover joined Templeton Global Macro’s Katie Klingensmith and Fiduciary Trust Company International's Gene Todd for a discussion about what they are keeping an eye on as investors. They explain why they think in times of uncertainty it’s so important to keep a long-term view, and why potential investment opportunities abound no matter who is in the White House.

On My Mind: Better Information Key to Vaccine “V-Day”
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Better Information Key to Vaccine “V-Day”

With a new wave of COVID-19 contagion triggering a new round of economic restrictions across a number of countries, hopes are more than ever focused on the quick release of a vaccine. But the latest pulse of our Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study reveals that better public information will be key for a vaccine to deliver a “V-Day” for the pandemic and the recovery. The latest poll also warns to watch out for rising prices. Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai breaks down the latest results.

European Union Launches Social Bonds
Fixed Income

European Union Launches Social Bonds

The coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges for individuals, businesses and governments around the world. In Europe, there’s a new vehicle to help finance the economic recovery there—social bonds. David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, discusses this exciting new bond issuance, earmarked for funding employment initiatives.

The Post-Pandemic Case for International Markets
LibertyShares

The Post-Pandemic Case for International Markets

Our Dina Ting offers three reasons she and her team believe the case for international markets is once again strong, and opines on how recent market events have created new—or amplified existing—opportunities for investors to express views on specific countries.

K2 Advisors Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook
Alternatives

K2 Advisors Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook

Given elements of uncertainty tied to COVID-19, geopolitics and policy decisions to come in the United States and across the globe, our K2 Advisors team believes the current environment may favor nimble, shorter-term strategies. Brooks Ritchey and Robert Christian provide the team’s fourth quarter hedge-fund strategy outlook.

On My Mind: A Strong Recovery, Many Challenges Ahead
Fixed Income

On My Mind: A Strong Recovery, Many Challenges Ahead

While the US economy has been staging a strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge is far from over, says Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai. She says the tug of war between the virus and the economy seems likely to continue until an effective vaccine is made available at scale.

Podcast: Work, Life and Investing: How the Pandemic Is Shaping the Future
Perspectives

Podcast: Work, Life and Investing: How the Pandemic Is Shaping the Future

As economies reopen from COVID-19 lockdowns, there have been fundamental shifts to daily life and work, as well as the investment landscape. Sonal Desai, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income, Scott Glasser, Chief Investment Officer of ClearBridge Investments, and Dave Gilbert, Chief Investment Officer of Clarion Partners, discuss the changes they are seeing.

PODCAST: US Election Heightens Pandemic Uncertainty
Multi-Asset

PODCAST: US Election Heightens Pandemic Uncertainty

Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions' Gene Podkaminer and Wylie Tollette provide their insights on the upcoming US election as well as the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on investment and economic activity. They also share their views on whether cities will ultimately survive amid the work-from-home movement that could remain a longer-term trend.

Still Looking for Alternatives? How about Real Assets?
Multi-Asset

Still Looking for Alternatives? How about Real Assets?

Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer of Franklin Templeton's Multi-Asset Solutions team discuss the attractions of alternative assets that can offer natural portfolio diversification. Over a longer-term horizon, they continue to believe global stocks have greater performance potential than global bonds, or alternatives, but this outlook will not be reached along a smooth path.