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Fixed Income

Who Said the Rules of the Game Could Change Because LIBOR’s Going Away?

There’s been a lot of discussion in the fixed income world about the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and what might replace it. But what hasn’t been as widely discussed is an important consequence for investors in this space: changes to LIBOR language in new-issue and amended credit agreements—particularly how these changes are implemented. Mark Boyadjian, director of our Floating Rate Debt Group, and Reema Agarwal, vice president and director of research, explain.

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Equity

Why Tech-Sector Volatility Doesn’t Worry Us

While a few companies in the US technology space have been in the hot seat lately, Jonathan Curtis, vice president and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group, is largely unfazed. He said temporary “blips” affecting certain stocks are par for the course as consumers get used to new technologies—and how they impact our lives. He sees the overall long-term fundamental backdrop for the sector as sound.

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: April

“The extent to which the global economy’s upturn is threatened by the uncertainty over trade policy is clearly the main issue preoccupying many investors. Our view is that market sentiment often swings to extremes in these circumstances, running well ahead of actual events, and the risk of a major disruption to global trade remains low.” - Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group

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Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

“Last week, geopolitical headlines overshadowed most other events across the globe and drove equities—most of which closed higher as trade tensions eased. As equities enjoyed some relief, bonds had a tougher week.” Franklin Templeton European Trading Desk team

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Equity

Symmetry Policy: How to Adapt to a More Volatile Market Environment

“Unusually subdued levels of volatility during 2017 possibly lured some investors into a false sense of security. But as precipitous market moves in early February and late March suggested a return to more historically normal levels of volatility, the question for investors now is how to adapt their approach to the new environment.” - Dylan Ball, Templeton Global Equity Group

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Multi-Asset

How Safe Is NAFTA?

“With trade skirmishes opening up on multiple fronts, we think the United States may feel increased pressure to get a NAFTA deal done ahead of this summer. That’s when the Mexican presidential election and US mid-term election campaigning will be in full swing. Otherwise, the United States risks attempting to win a trade war on multiple fronts, which tends to end badly if history is any guide.” – Stephen Lingard, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions

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Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Last week proved volatile for global equities as trade-war rhetoric dominated headlines. US stock markets closed down after a choppy week of trading which started out with a steep technology stock-led selloff. A trade war between China and the United States could be closer to becoming a reality after developments last week and over the weekend.

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LibertyShares

To NAV or NAV Not: Choosing the Most Appropriate ETF Investing Approach

Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, explores the ways in which investors in Europe can participate in ETFs.