Beyond Bulls & Bears

MPs Say No to No Deal, But an Accidental Hard Brexit Remains a Possibility
Fixed Income

MPs Say No to No Deal, But an Accidental Hard Brexit Remains a Possibility

UK members of parliament have voted to reject a situation in which the United Kingdom crashes out of the European Union without a deal. But with only days until the official leave date, the options for a tidy resolution are limited. David Zahn explains why he expects the UK government now to seek an extension to the Brexit negotiations.

On My Mind: Modern Magical Thinking
Alternatives

On My Mind: Modern Magical Thinking

In economic (and political) circles, “Modern Monetary Theory” has gotten some buzz of late. What does it mean—and does it have any merit? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Chief Investment Officer Sonal Desai thinks it’s not only potentially dangerous, but offers intellectual fuel for populism.

Meet the Manager: Sheila Amoroso
Fixed Income

Meet the Manager: Sheila Amoroso

Some people seem to have a career path in place from an early age, while others just sort of stumble into one. Sheila Amoroso, director of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s municipal bond department, is in the latter camp. You’d probably be hard-pressed to find many young women who aspire to be municipal bond managers—and Sheila was no exception. But, as she made her first foray into financial services, she found the work interesting, challenging and rewarding. And after more than 30 years with Franklin Templeton, that’s still the case.

Equity Income: Why the UK Could Be a Productive Hunting Ground
Equity

Equity Income: Why the UK Could Be a Productive Hunting Ground

“Today, investment managers running an income franchise have got a much broader palette of opportunity than they’ve had for some time. In fact, we think the current climate provides one of the broadest selections of attractive dividend yielding stocks that we can remember.” - Colin Morton, Portfolio Manager, Franklin UK Equity team

Looking at Australian Fixed Income Through a Global Lens
Fixed Income

Looking at Australian Fixed Income Through a Global Lens

“We think the global corporate credit markets could face obstacles in the year ahead. The profit cycle is slowing and some sectors are facing particular pressures.” – Andrew Canobi, Australia Fixed Income team

Volatile Markets: Are High-Frequency Traders to Blame?
Equity

Volatile Markets: Are High-Frequency Traders to Blame?

“In our view, high-frequency trading plays a role in market meltdowns or melt-ups, which could be exacerbated when stocks or markets have low levels of liquidity.” – Stephen Dover, Head of Equities

Three Technology Titans Reshaping Retail
Equity

Three Technology Titans Reshaping Retail

Powerful retailing disruptors are reshaping expectations about shopping and shipping by digitising retail markets across the globe. New conveniences such as ordering groceries with a simple voice command are upending the old-world order. In this excerpt from the latest edition of FT Thinks: “Three Technology Titans Reshaping Retail,” senior equity analysts across our Growth, Value and Emerging Markets teams compare how three retailing giants tailor technology to fit local customs, lifestyles and payment abilities.

Tail Wagging the Dog? Some Thoughts on ETF Market Resilience
LibertyShares

Tail Wagging the Dog? Some Thoughts on ETF Market Resilience

Do ETFs exacerbate financial market volatility? Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, suggests not.

Why European Investors Might Consider Fixed Maturity Investing
Fixed Income

Why European Investors Might Consider Fixed Maturity Investing

Against a background of sustained low interest rates, the search for yield is leading some investors to cast their nets a little wider. David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income at Franklin Templeton, looks at one idea that seems to be sparking interest: fixed maturity investing.

On My Mind: The Fed Will Hike Again—Because It Can
Fixed Income

On My Mind: The Fed Will Hike Again—Because It Can

While the financial markets seem to be betting on a very extended pause in the US Federal Reserve’s multiyear tightening cycle, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group Chief Investment Officer Sonal Desai has another idea. Here, she makes the case that interest-rate hikes may still be on the table this year.

Convertible Securities: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
Equity

Convertible Securities: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

“As long-term investors, our view on convertible securities doesn’t change from quarter to quarter or during periods of market volatility.” - Alan Muschott, Franklin Equity Group

A Measured but Constructive Market View
Equity

A Measured but Constructive Market View

The market environment for value investors over the past few years has been less than ideal, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to be had. Templeton Global Equity Group Director of Portfolio Management Antonio Docal and Director of Research Heather Arnold say they plan to use recent market volatility to uncover values. They share some brief thoughts on issues facing investors today, including trade wars, Brexit and slowing growth in China.