Beyond Bulls & Bears

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.

On My Mind: Saving for Sunnier Days
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Saving for Sunnier Days

The Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study has unveiled many insights about US consumer attitudes and behavior in the wake of COVID-19. Our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai examines findings from the survey’s second pulse, including encouraging signs confidence has found a floor.

US Election: Implications across the Pond
Fixed Income

US Election: Implications across the Pond

This November’s US presidential election pits Donald Trump against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a longtime politician who represents a more progressive policy approach. Our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn breaks down the implications of the US election for Europe, and why many of Biden’s policies line up more closely with European views.

Quick Thoughts: Active Investors Wake Up Before a Revolution
Equity

Quick Thoughts: Active Investors Wake Up Before a Revolution

The world is waking up the 4th Industrial Revolution, with the impact of COVID-19 accelerating many changes already underway, says our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover. He opines on how underlying fundamental disruptions in our economy can present opportunities for active investors.

International Growth Opportunities Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
Equity

International Growth Opportunities Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

As the global economy continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still opportunities for investors, says Franklin Equity Group Portfolio Manager Don Huber. He has an eye on international companies able to navigate the crisis period—particularly those in regions where recovery is happening faster.

PODCAST: Emerging Divergences in Economies and Financial Markets
Multi-Asset

PODCAST: Emerging Divergences in Economies and Financial Markets

Ed Perks, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions, looks at concerning factors in the United States, reasons for optimism in Europe, and early success in Asia managing the COVID-19 crisis.