Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Fixed Income

Sukuk’s Journey into the Financial Mainstream

"We consider global sukuk to be a misunderstood asset class. Misconceptions to which sukuk is often subject to include assumptions that sukuk is susceptible to the headline risk associated with oil price volatility, or that it is solely concentrated in a few geographies.” - Dino Kronfol, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income Strategies

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Fixed Income

Hasenstab: How AMLO and Mexico Can Avoid a Populist Fate

“While Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has shown some populist impulses, such as expanding pension benefits or broadly handing out scholarships, his team appears aware of the pitfalls that often await governments that disrupt confidence in their country’s financial markets.” - Michael Hasenstab

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Equity

Perspectives on Disruption

“In recent years, we’ve seen a number of developments that suggest investors should rethink what they thought they knew. Countless reports have focused on how new technologies, such as self-driving cars, will disrupt global industries. Yet, some disruptions outside the domain of technology get much less attention." – Stephen Dover, Franklin Templeton Investments

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Equity

Convertible Securities: a Versatile Asset Class

“Given the run we’ve seen in the US equity market over the past few years, many investors may be concerned about stock valuations and their equity exposures. In this environment, some investors may want to consider select exposure to convertible securities.” – Alan Muschott, Franklin Equity Group

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LibertyShares

Fixed Income ETFs: Democratising Price Discovery for Investors

“The evolution of ETFs, particularly in the fixed income arena, can offer even retail investors access to a market with the same price discovery/transparency as their institutional counterparts.” – Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets

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Fixed Income

Michael Hasenstab: An Update on our Global Markets Resilience Scores

Templeton Global Macro makes a compelling case that finding attractive opportunities in emerging markets lies in distinguishing the more resilient countries from the rest. Here, CIO Michael Hasenstab provides an update of the team’s proprietary “Local Markets Resiliency Index” and highlights the scores of seven different countries—Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia and South Africa.

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Equity

The Electrifying Outlook for Metals Demand

“Overall, we see a positive backdrop developing over the next decade for metals tied to the global roll-out of electric vehicles, and see opportunity in natural resource companies with exposure to the key building blocks of an electrified future.” – Steve Land, Franklin Equity Group

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Equity

What One US Mega-Deal Might Tell Us about M&A Prospects Globally

“The $86 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger was a response to growing disruption in the media/telecom/entertainment space traditional players have felt. There’s scarcely a sector out there that isn’t labouring under the threat of disruption.” - Sara Araghi and Marc Kremer

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LibertyShares

Why Investors Should Think Differently About ETF Liquidity

“Unlike a mutual fund, an ETF doesn’t need a minimum initial client investment to stay open or be liquid and it can exist regardless of any particular investor’s allocation. If we think of an ETF as a window into a pool of securities, it should be clear that, in terms of liquidity, the size of an ETF is only academic.” – Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets

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Fixed Income

ECB Meeting: Fresh Clarity, But Let’s Not Get Ahead of Ourselves

David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s head of European Fixed Income, gives his take on the ECB meeting and explains why he’s still not expecting a eurozone interest-rate hike before 2020.

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Fixed Income

Fed Gives US Interest Rates Another Bump in June

The US Federal Reserve continued its tightening path at its June policy meeting, raising its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and seventh time since December 2015. Chris Molumphy, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, offers us a snapshot of the US monetary policy landscape in the wake of the meeting.

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Perspectives

Three Things to Think about When It Comes to Trade

The drumbeat of global trade tensions may have softened for a bit as other geopolitical noise grew louder, but it never really went away. Here, investment leaders from Franklin Templeton explain why they aren’t concerned about a trade war—at least not yet.