Beyond Bulls & Bears

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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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Politics, Policies and Market Resiliency

If there were two words to describe the situation the United States is in right now in terms of the economy and the markets, I would choose stable and resilient . . . Whatever the election outcome, I think it will prove to be something the markets will able to digest and ultimately move forward from.

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Optimism, Pessimism and Opportunity

I would characterize the action in energy stocks over the past few months as herd mentality at its worst. For us, it’s about identifying the good companies that are getting thrown out with the bad, and that’s been a significant focus of ours for the last several months.

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Risk Factor Investing: The Evolution of Multi-Asset Strategies

Rather than tying ourselves to indexes, which we believe do not operate to meet investors' goals, we align our portfolio to a return objective.

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2015 Investment Outlook: Reasons We Still Like Global Equities

We continue to favor equities in emerging Asia over emerging Latin America due to what we view as stronger corporate fundamentals and attractive valuations.

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Portfolio Diversification in the Quantum Age

What happens when markets approach extreme environments like that experienced in 2008 (or October 2014 for that matter)? In these instances it is quite clear that the traditional rules/laws of portfolio diversification do not work as well as intended.

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A Balanced Look at Equity, Fixed Income Fundamentals—and Oil Price Fears

Our current view is that oil markets will likely stabilize over the next several quarters as demand improves and production growth slows to a more manageable pace. More importantly, however, is that many energy-related securities now appear to discount commodity prices at or below the low end of our estimated long-term intrinsic value ranges.

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QE, Parallel Universes and the Problem With Economic Growth

While monetary weapons can be a good first step to remedying an economic crisis, they are clearly not enough on a standalone basis to return an economy to stability and growth. Monetary medicine cannot heal fiscal ailments in the areas of budgeting, regulation, taxation and related policies.

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Actively Managing for a Less-Correlated World

I think there has recently been a movement away from just a one-decision trade, where investors are simply reacting to moments of panic or euphoria, into a place where it is more possible to make rational decisions based on fundamentals.

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Casting a Wide Asset Net in a Volatile Sea

It’s fair to say that investors will likely never be fully comfortable with market volatility. But actively managing the inevitable bumps that ...