Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Perspectives

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.

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Equity

Can Anything Throw the Nine-Year-Old US Bull Off its Stride?

On March 9, the US equity bull market turned nine. After such a long run, many investors may now be wondering, what could cause a US equity market downturn?

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Equity

Growth and Value Investing: A Complementary Approach

Growth and value investing are often seen as competing styles, with one outperforming or underperforming the other during different periods of time and market cycles. While the approaches may differ, Stephen Dover, head of equities at Franklin Templeton Investments, and Norm Boersma, chief investment officer of Templeton Global Equity Group, say growth versus value doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition.

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Alternatives

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

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Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

“It seems likely the Five Star Movement will have a major part to play in Italian policy going forward. Coalition governments are commonplace in Italy and a single party has not won an outright majority since the Second World War.”- Franklin Templeton European Trading Desk team, March 5, 2018.

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Equity

Earnings Growth Underpins Our Solid Outlook for European Equities

Some investors seem to be questioning whether there’s still room for additional growth in European equities, particularly if interest rates start to rise. However, Templeton Global Equity Group’s Dylan Ball suggests labour reforms across the continent should give many firms the operating leverage they need to drive further earnings growth during 2018.

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Equity

Seeing the Big Picture in Market Corrections

While we don’t know when the equity market’s recent volatility will settle down, it’s important to consider the big-picture, fundamental backdrop for the market, and not get caught up in short-term sentiment swings, according to Franklin Templeton’s head of equities, Stephen Dover. And, he believes the fundamental backdrop still looks solid.

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Keeping Calm When Volatility Strikes

While volatile markets occasionally present a challenge for global investors, it is our view that a knee-jerk reaction is rarely the best response. With careful consideration, the benefit of experience and an active approach, we believe periods of market turmoil can often be a time of great opportunity.

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Equity

Insights from the 2018 US Consumer Electronics Show

“We go to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to see how leading public and private technology companies are positioning themselves for what is next, and what products are likely to break into the mainstream. At this year’s CES, we saw three key themes: smart speakers, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence (AI).” – Jonathan Curtis and Robert Stevenson, Franklin Equity Group.

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Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe

We’ve seen some dramatic headlines in the wake of last Friday's US equity selloff, but it’s important to remember that equities have had an incredible run over the past year. In relative terms, we consider this pullback to be reasonably small. - Franklin Templeton European Trading Desk Team

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Equity

What Might Be More Important than Brexit to UK Equities Is…

“We think there are reasons to believe Brexit should represent just a blip on the country’s long-term economic prospects. Although it may feel like a major issue right now, Brexit likely won’t define the United Kingdom in 5-10 years.” - Colin Morton, UK Equity team.

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Alternatives

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