Beyond Bulls & Bears

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Last week saw some remarkable moves in global equity markets, with the extreme rotation from momentum/growth stocks into value stocks catching many off guard. Broader sentiment was positive as there was a more constructive tone around the US/China trade dispute.

Franklin Templeton 2019 RISE Survey: Savings Attitudes in Hong Kong and China Are Not Keeping Up with Societal Change
Perspectives

Franklin Templeton 2019 RISE Survey: Savings Attitudes in Hong Kong and China Are Not Keeping Up with Societal Change

More than half of pre-retirement age respondents of our 2019 RISE survey in Hong Kong and China haven’t started saving for retirement. Learn more about attitudes and concerns around retirement savings.

European Political Developments: A Lesson in Unexpected Consequences
Fixed Income

European Political Developments: A Lesson in Unexpected Consequences

Even the most dedicated news-junkie may struggle to keep up with the pace of political shenanigans in Europe in recent weeks. Two countries in which the news has been especially fast-moving are Italy and the United Kingdom. Our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn notes some peculiar similarities in the way events have unfolded.

Pinpointing Fixed Income Credit Risks
Fixed Income

Pinpointing Fixed Income Credit Risks

In this excerpt from the latest Franklin Templeton Thinks, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group examines how machine learning techniques can measure the risks of consumer and home loans—helping pinpoint credit risks they think are worth taking. They review digital loans, a relatively new asset class, and explain why quantitative approaches may be more applicable to some fixed income sectors than others.

What We Think Could Drive European Markets in the Coming Months
Fixed Income

What We Think Could Drive European Markets in the Coming Months

As European investors and market practitioners return from their summer vacations and prepare for the final third of 2019, our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn highlights the issues he thinks will drive markets in the coming months.

Three Reasons to Consider Dividend Growers
Equity

Three Reasons to Consider Dividend Growers

“As long-term investors, our strategy is to invest in rising dividends companies, or companies with a demonstrated track record of substantial and sustainable dividend growth.”– Nick Getaz and Matt Quinlan, Franklin Equity Group

Why European Fixed Income Can Still Have Value Even with Negative Yield
Fixed Income

Why European Fixed Income Can Still Have Value Even with Negative Yield

“We believe that with the combination of an expected ECB rate cut in September and a positively shaped yield curve, European bonds could still remain attractive in global terms.” - John Beck, Director Fixed Income, London, Franklin Templeton

US Market Volatility and Sleepless Summertime Nights
Equity

US Market Volatility and Sleepless Summertime Nights

“In our view, the biggest growth driver for both the US and global economy is the digital transformation that is taking place at all levels—individual, enterprise and government.” – Grant Bowers, Franklin Equity Group

Yield Curve Hysteria
Fixed Income

Yield Curve Hysteria

The inversion of the Treasury yield curve has recently gotten a lot of attention in the financial press as being a harbinger of economic malaise ahead. Our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai says these conclusions are misguided.

PODCAST: Health Care Sector Innovation and Insight
Equity

PODCAST: Health Care Sector Innovation and Insight

The biopharma industry has the potential to save lives with dramatic breakthroughs in new therapeutic drugs. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, our Head of Equities Stephen Dover speaks with analysts Steven Kornfeld and Krzysztof Musialik about health care innovations, particularly in the area of biopharma. They point out that in some cases, emerging markets are actually leading the way.

Trade Tensions Flare: Where Do We Go from Here?
Multi-Asset

Trade Tensions Flare: Where Do We Go from Here?

Market volatility has been on the rise as US-China trade tensions continue to flare and recent central bank activity has created more questions than answers. As such, many investors have been on edge. Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions CIO Ed Perks, and Gene Podkaminer, Head of Multi-Asset Research Strategies, present the team’s latest thoughts on where the global economy is headed—and how investors should think about risk today. They say the persistent uncertainty calls for a cautious and nimble stance.

Adrift: Has Monetary Policy Become Unanchored?
Fixed Income

Adrift: Has Monetary Policy Become Unanchored?

In light of the Federal Reserve’s recent interest-rate cut, our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai takes a look at how US central bank thinking seems to have changed, and whether there’s a risk of having interest rates too close to zero. She argues deflation risks are overblown and looser monetary policy will lead to increased financial market distortions.