Beyond Bulls & Bears

Quick Thoughts: Why Our Managers Disagree on Inflation, Rates, and Growth
Perspectives

Quick Thoughts: Why Our Managers Disagree on Inflation, Rates, and Growth

Multiple leadership and diverse views steer how we invest in our global economy. Our recent macroeconomic investment roundtable with three of our autonomous investment managers found commonalities and disagreements on the path for global economic growth. All agreed that global growth will be significant this year, but there is some disagreement as to how persistent it will be. Our Chief Market Strategist Stephen Dover believes when thinking about fixed income investing, it is important to think beyond rising interest rates and focus on the many ways to obtain total return.

Quick Thoughts: Be an Ally to Women Entrepreneurs and Herstory
Perspectives

Quick Thoughts: Be an Ally to Women Entrepreneurs and Herstory

Chief Market Strategist Stephen Dover believes addressing gender parity issues is not only the right thing to do, but it also creates greater outcomes and returns. Women as investment leaders, entrepreneurs, and venture capital decisionmakers are fundamental for a more sustainable world. By managing gender biases, wealth, and social networks, we can be an ally for gender parity.

Quick Thoughts: The Birth of Global Tech Continues
Equity

Quick Thoughts: The Birth of Global Tech Continues

From cloud computing and automation to self-driving cars, technology continues to be one of the world’s hottest sectors. Our Chief Market Strategist Stephen Dover and Portfolio Managers Donald Huber and John Remmert believe active investing in technology and innovation is a global story, and government support and spending in next-generation technologies is likely a long-term positive.

Global Equities: Four Things We Are Watching in 2021
Equity

Global Equities: Four Things We Are Watching in 2021

Stephen Dover, our Chief Market Strategist and Head of Franklin Templeton Investment Institute, shares four investment themes he’s thinking about as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quick Thoughts: On Georgia Elections: Stimulus for Individuals and Infrastructure
Equity

Quick Thoughts: On Georgia Elections: Stimulus for Individuals and Infrastructure

The US state of Georgia held January runoff elections that determined two Democrats as their US senators, giving the Democratic Party control of the legislative and executive branches through 2022. Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, thinks active investment opportunities can be found in Democratic priorities including green energy and infrastructure, and also within small-cap companies.

A Year of Lingering Uncertainty, but Ample Global Opportunities
Equity

A Year of Lingering Uncertainty, but Ample Global Opportunities

Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, shares his 2021 equity outlook. He sees opportunity amid upheaval.

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.

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.

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.

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.