Beyond Bulls & Bears

Renewable Energy Gaining Steam
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Renewable Energy Gaining Steam

Renewable energy has been gaining steam for many reasons, as have the investment opportunities in the space. Ketul Sakhpara, portfolio manager and research analyst, Franklin Real Asset Advisors, outlines the three main drivers of interest, and where his team sees potential. You might be surprised to learn how emerging markets in particular are ramping up renewable energy.

Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

In their fourth-quarter (Q4) 2018 outlook, K2 Advisors’ Research and Portfolio Construction teams take a deeper look at alpha, and why they feel it’s misunderstood. They believe offering these insights will help investors better understand the rationale for owning retail mutual funds that invest in hedge strategies.

Lifting the Lid on Social Infrastructure
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Lifting the Lid on Social Infrastructure

“While access to social services across Europe is essential for economic growth and prosperity, not enough is being done to build and adequately maintain the requisite facilities. Through investing in social infrastructure, investors can add much-needed private capital to boost and protect the social services being provided to communities.” - Raymond Jacobs, Franklin Real Asset Advisors

Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

“While things remain relatively tranquil on the surface, macroeconomic concerns―including geopolitical hot spots, growing political uncertainty in Europe, trade wars and major central bank policy divergence—all pose legitimate problems for market stability. In addition, perhaps one the most overlooked concerns today is the threat of continued rising interest rates in the United States.” - K2 Advisors, July 25, 2018.

Second Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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Second Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

In their second-quarter (Q2) 2018 outlook, K2 Advisors’ Research and Portfolio Construction teams share their views on why investors should not fear the return of market volatility—and why it may unlock opportunities for active managers.

Artificial Intelligence: Real Influence
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Artificial Intelligence: Real Influence

Franklin Templeton's investment leaders weigh in on why new technologies can influence more than just a single industry or sector.

How Infrastructure Companies Could Rebuild the World
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How Infrastructure Companies Could Rebuild the World

“The need for infrastructure development is truly a global phenomenon. Many emerging countries need to develop new infrastructure to meet the needs of their growing populations, economies and cities. And, many developed countries, including the United States, need to repair, upgrade or completely replace aging infrastructure.” – Wilson Magee, Franklin Real Asset Advisors

First Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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First Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

“The bottom line is that we believe the massive tide of low-cost money that lifted all boats and allowed for carefree sailing is receding. Investors who are not prepared for this change may be exposed to significant risks.” - K2 Advisors

A Story of Risk Management, and Flying to the Moon
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A Story of Risk Management, and Flying to the Moon

Risk management is a key part of many endeavors, from space travel to investment management. In either case, achieving one’s goals requires awareness of what could go wrong, as well as careful attention to details in often-changing conditions to ensure the smoothest possible journey. Tilak Lal, vice president, Performance Analysis & Investment Risk at Franklin Templeton Investments, describes what risk is within the investment space, and how risk management is essential to success.

Global Listed Real Estate: A Key Building Block
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Global Listed Real Estate: A Key Building Block

“One reason for real estate’s strong performance, even in a rising rate environment, is that rising interest rates tend to coincide with periods of greater economic growth. As economic activity gathers pace, it creates more jobs and, in turn, wages increase. Demand for real estate tends to move higher as well.” – Wilson Magee, Franklin Real Asset Advisors

Science Fiction to Science Fact: The Rise of the Machines
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Science Fiction to Science Fact: The Rise of the Machines

“Exponential growth in computer processing speeds, advances in big data, open-source software and cloud computing have all converged over the last decade to move AI from the realm of science fiction to science fact.” - Mat Gulley and Ryan Biggs

Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

“While we cannot predict market tops or bottoms, we can be prudent in how we position portfolios contextually. Perhaps now is the time to consider dialing back risk to some degree. We believe the easy money in this cycle has already been made.” - K2 Advisors