Beyond Bulls & Bears

Global ETF Trends to Watch in 2020
LibertyShares

Global ETF Trends to Watch in 2020

Investors’ appetite across the globe for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) was strong in 2019 and shows little sign of slowing, according to Jason Xavier, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets. He shares some of the themes and trends he sees ahead in 2020.

Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe

Global equities were resilient last week amidst a few developing themes. US and European markets hit fresh all-time highs. Defensive stocks were among the week’s outperformers, while we saw further performance divergence between momentum and value in Europe.

Allocation Views: Taking a Nimble Approach to 2020
Multi-Asset

Allocation Views: Taking a Nimble Approach to 2020

Although easing US-China trade tensions have renewed investor optimism about global economic growth, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer still see some potential geopolitical headwinds on the horizon. In the latest edition of “Allocation Views,” they share their concerns and explain why they continue to believe navigating challenges in the year ahead will require nimble management.

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing
Perspectives

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing

How do investors across the globe approach environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues? Check out our recent study.

Taking a Long-Term View on Oil
Equity

Taking a Long-Term View on Oil

Franklin Equity Group’s Fred Fromm gives his take on global oil markets amid elevated tensions between the United States and Iran.

On My Mind: Will the US Economy Survive the Politics in 2020?
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Will the US Economy Survive the Politics in 2020?

The many gloomy predictions for 2019 did not come to pass, but can we be more optimistic for 2020? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai draws the key lessons from last year and outlines what she expects for the year ahead and her main concerns, with political uncertainty top of the list.

Considering Broad Investment Implications of US/Iranian Tensions
Multi-Asset

Considering Broad Investment Implications of US/Iranian Tensions

Our senior investment leaders recently met to discuss rising US/Middle East tensions. They share a few initial thoughts on the potential market implications.

Why Digital Transformation Should Remain Resilient in 2020
Equity

Why Digital Transformation Should Remain Resilient in 2020

“In our view, select companies enabling digital transformation are likely to outperform competitors in the years ahead.” – Jonathan Curtis, Franklin Equity Group

Global Investment Outlook PODCAST: Coping with a Changing Market Landscape in 2020
Multi-Asset

Global Investment Outlook PODCAST: Coping with a Changing Market Landscape in 2020

Our senior investment leaders have a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2020. They still do not see a global recession looming and believe there are plenty of reasons to remain invested. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group CIO Sonal Desai, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions CIO Ed Perks and our Head of Equities Stephen Dover share their outlook.

Global Sukuk: An Increasingly Relevant Asset Class Amid Ongoing Uncertainty
Fixed Income

Global Sukuk: An Increasingly Relevant Asset Class Amid Ongoing Uncertainty

Three factors in the global sukuk market give our Dino Kronfol reasons to be optimistic for the market’s long-term prospects.

Allocation Views: 2020 Appears Tilted to the Downside
Multi-Asset

Allocation Views: 2020 Appears Tilted to the Downside

While US-China trade tensions and other concerns prompt a cautionary stance when it comes to risk assets, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer nonetheless remain positive about the US equity market in the year ahead, citing a number of long-term growth drivers that still remain in place. In the latest edition of “Allocation Views,” they share their 2020 outlook.

How a Broadening Stakeholder Base Shines a Light on Sustainability
Perspectives

How a Broadening Stakeholder Base Shines a Light on Sustainability

Around the world, societal demographic shifts are becoming evident, bringing long-standing assumptions and theses into question. Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, explains why investors should consider how companies are managing and navigating some of these broader drivers of change.