Beyond Bulls & Bears

Four Reasons Why Gold Prices Have Been Moving Higher
Equity

Four Reasons Why Gold Prices Have Been Moving Higher

“In our view, the current gold rally is an opportunity for gold-mining companies to show how much cash they can generate in slightly better gold markets.” - Steve Land

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Second-quarter corporate earnings season continues in earnest, with releases likely to drive the larger market moves. It’s also another busy week for central banks, as we hear from the Bank of Japan on Tuesday, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, and the Bank of England on Thursday.

An Introduction to Impact Investing
Alternatives

An Introduction to Impact Investing

Interest in impact investing is growing within the asset management industry, but there is still some confusion about it. We view impact investing’s defining feature as the explicit intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental outcomes alongside a financial return. In the first of a three-part series, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, provide an overview of what impact investing is—and isn’t.

New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
Fixed Income

New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad

Boris Johnson, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Brexit, is the United Kingdom’s new prime minister. David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s Head of European Fixed Income, doubts Johnson will have much of a honeymoon period in the new role as he faces stiff challenges domestically and internationally, with global markets scouring his every move.

Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe

We expect the conclusion of the UK Conservative leadership battle and the stance of the UK’s new leader will dominate headlines this week. We can also expect more developments from both Italy and Spain on the political front. Earnings season in Europe will see its busiest week of the quarter so far, with single stock moves likely to impact indices.

End-of-Cycle Management
Equity

End-of-Cycle Management

As the US economic cycle continues to age, many are starting to question when—and how—it will end. Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover says it’s certainly wise for investors to prepare, but doesn’t see reason to think a recession is on the immediate horizon.

Food Security Through an ESG Lens
Fixed Income

Food Security Through an ESG Lens

“Given the already tight supply and demand balance and the expectation for further demand growth, the prices for meat-based proteins in general and pork are expected to continue to increase.” - S. James McGiveran III, Research Analyst, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group.

Health Care Sector Innovation: How Biopharma Scientists Save Lives Globally
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Health Care Sector Innovation: How Biopharma Scientists Save Lives Globally

In today’s world of disruptive innovations, biotechnology is entering the most transformative phase our health care analysts have seen in 25 years. Since mapping out the human genome in 2003, drugs using new treatment paradigms—like gene and cellular therapies—have jumped out of laboratories and into the marketplace to tackle humanity’s most vexing diseases.

Where Bricks Are Beating Clicks: Implications for Last-Mile Real Estate
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Where Bricks Are Beating Clicks: Implications for Last-Mile Real Estate

Many observe the impacts of e-commerce growth as decimating commercial retail properties, leaving empty big-box warehouses and strip malls in its wake. While this may be true to a certain extent, it ignores the potential opportunity this new trend is creating in the industrial property sector. It seems that for every mall that closes, a distribution warehouse—or so-called last-mile logistics space—opens. Raymond Jacobs, Woon Pin Chong and Marc Weidner of Franklin Real Asset Advisors outline the opportunities they see, namely in new demand for logistics infrastructure.

Understanding the Climate Change Challenges Facing Consumer Goods Companies
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Understanding the Climate Change Challenges Facing Consumer Goods Companies

As an active investment manager with a firm commitment to integrating environmental, social and governance analysis into its investment processes, Franklin Templeton recognises its responsibility to raise awareness of climate transition issues. Working alongside the Carbon Disclosure Project, Franklin Templeton recently co-hosted a roundtable event on consumer goods companies’ preparations for the low-carbon transition. Here, Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, reports back from the event.

Looking Beyond the FAANGs For Fresh Technology Investment Opportunities
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Looking Beyond the FAANGs For Fresh Technology Investment Opportunities

What’s beyond the big names that dominate the tech sector? Our Jonathan Curtis considers lesser-known stocks that play an integral role in the delivery of digital transformation.

Why We’re Positive About Lagarde’s ECB Nomination
Fixed Income

Why We’re Positive About Lagarde’s ECB Nomination

Christine Lagarde may have emerged as a surprise candidate to take the helm of the European Central Bank (ECB), but David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, sees it as a positive choice. Here he explains why both her experience, and lack of it, could prove positive if she does secure the job. And he shares his conviction that, whoever is in charge, the ECB is likely to remain steadfast on its easing path.