Beyond Bulls & Bears

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
Equity

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
Alternatives

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
Alternatives

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
Equity

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.

Understanding ETF Liquidity at Times of Market Stress
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Understanding ETF Liquidity at Times of Market Stress

Recent developments in the UK investment market have brought liquidity concerns back to the top of the agenda for some investors. And inevitably, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have found themselves in the crosshairs. However, Jason Xavier, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets, argues ETFs can offer investors flexibility and transparency into markets at times of stress.

PODCAST: Midyear Outlook: Reining in Risk
Perspectives

PODCAST: Midyear Outlook: Reining in Risk

Equity markets continued to march higher in the first half of 2019, despite trade uncertainties and recessionary fears. An abrupt change to a more dovish stance among central bankers has recently provided fresh tinder to the equity fire. But does a looser policy stance signal there are cracks in the global economy’s foundation? Our senior investment leaders share their views on investing in uncertain times and how their outlooks have changed from earlier this year. They weigh in on market divergence, whether there is simply too much focus on the US Federal Reserve, where they see pockets of opportunity and how they are looking to play defence.

Are Investors Today Too Complacent?
Fixed Income

Are Investors Today Too Complacent?

Templeton Global Macro CIO Michael Hasenstab recently shared his perspective on investing at FundForum International 2019 in Copenhagen. He outlines why he thinks many investors are too complacent today, leading to some “dangerous” risk-taking. He also cautions why he thinks the next decade won’t be like the last for investors.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Global equities were relatively flat last week as investors watched with bated breath ahead of the meeting between US and Chinese Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit. Volumes were lower, even into month- and quarter-end, as markets anticipated a stalemate between the two sides.

An Investor’s Perspective on the Proposed Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance
Perspectives

An Investor’s Perspective on the Proposed Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance

Can stakeholders (regulators, policymakers and market participants) deliver a sustainable finance framework that serves the end-client well? The European Union’s technical expert group has just published its final recommendations on the taxonomy for sustainable finance, establishing common criteria to classify environmentally sustainable activities that support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Fresh from discussing the topic at the Responsible Investor Europe Conference in London, Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, offers some immediate feedback on the usability and implications for investors

What’s Really Driving Oil Market Volatility?
Equity

What’s Really Driving Oil Market Volatility?

“At the moment, we think the market seems to be more focused on the weak global demand outlook for oil than a supply disruption after the recent tanker attacks.” – Fred Fromm