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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: June

In this month’s Global Economic Perspective, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group examines whether inflation may gain momentum in the United Sates, why it’s pleased the European Central Bank has resisted tapering of its quantitative easing program and why investors in all markets need to be cognizant of political risks.

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Perspectives

Uncharted Terrain: Today’s Global Market Drivers

Despite some uncertainties, economic improvements in developed and emerging markets have supported a positive mood across both equity and fixed income this year. However, with some risks on the horizon, many investors are wondering whether the tide may turn. Against this backdrop, Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

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Fixed Income

If It’s Groundhog Day, Why Aren’t Investors Learning the Lessons?

The repeated financial market patterns of recent years have reminded some market professionals of the 1993 Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day." But according to Christopher Molumphy, CIO of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, investors may be missing the most important lesson of that movie: take heed of your experiences.

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Fixed Income

Behind the Record-Breaking GCC Debt Issuances

“Despite a surge in debt issuance from the GCC region, its debt market is by no means saturated. We think it’s a region that is under-represented on the international stage and in which most participants are chronically under-invested.” Dino Kronfol, CIO, Franklin Templeton Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income Strategies.

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: May

In this month’s Global Economic Perspective, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group examines the aftermath of the French election in Europe, signs of a pickup in global growth and whether Japan’s “Abenomics” experiment is working.

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Fixed Income

Trade and Taxes in a World With Borders

“Successful [US] corporate tax reform would go a long way in promoting the incentives for real investment over the long term. Since weak investment has been identified as a potential drag on productivity growth since the global financial crisis, this shift in incentives could have strong and long-lived benefits.” - Michael Hasenstab

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Fixed Income

Why We’re Expecting a Return to Normality

"The argument that investors should confine themselves to risk-free assets because the world is on the brink of adopting a swathe of radical fiscal and monetary policies or because we’re facing the prospect of the break-up of the EU, seems to me to be specious."

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Equity

French Election Result: Macron Wins, But Can He Deliver?

There were no surprises as French voters elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president after the second round of voting.

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: April

For a stronger recovery to take hold across the whole of Europe, greater political stability, allowing the promotion of significant growth-enhancing structural reforms, is probably required.

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Fixed Income

An Investor’s View of the French Presidential Election

Despite the failure of the far-right, anti-immigration, anti-European Union (EU) party to make significant in-roads in the recent Dutch elections, we don’t think we can discount the influence of populism in upcoming European elections completely.

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Fixed Income

Does Dutch Election Result Signal an End to Europe’s Populist Surge?

The Scottish government’s demand for a second independence referendum should not have come as a surprise to most observers, but the timing could scarcely have been more awkward for UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Fixed Income

Why Fixed-Income Investors Shouldn’t Fret About Fed Tightening

We view Fed tightening with a positive lens and believe there are still plenty of potential opportunities within the fixed-income landscape for investors.