Beyond Bulls & Bears

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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.

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Equity

Why We See European Equities as a Catch-Up Opportunity

Equity markets seem to have calmed after the short, sharp volatility some political upheaval in Italy and Spain provoked last month. Templeton Global Equity Group's Dylan Ball considers the situation in Europe and where he sees value.

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Perspectives

CEO View: What’s Changed 10 Years After the Global Financial Crisis?

At Franklin Templeton’s recent Global Investor Forum in New York, our CEO Greg Johnson participated in a panel discussion with three other CEOs in the financial services industry: James Gorman of Morgan Stanley; Jay Hooley of State Street and Barry Stowe of Jackson National Life. They discussed some of the changes in the markets that have occurred in the 10 years since the global financial crisis, what they learned—and what might trigger the next crisis.

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Fixed Income

ECB Preview: Will Recent Italian Developments Influence Europe’s Tapering Timeline?

“With eurozone growth data softer recently and inflation also relatively muted, we think it would be premature for the ECB to embark on a tightening cycle.” – David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group