Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Multi-Asset

How the After-Effects of Recent Volatility Are Working Their Way Through Markets

Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Matthias Hoppe examines the fallout from recent bouts of market volatility from a multi-asset investment perspective.

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Fixed Income

Fed Remains in Tightening Mode in March

The US Federal Reserve remained in tightening mode at its March monetary policy meeting, raising its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time since December 2015. Chris Molumphy, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, offers his take on the market implications—and why he feels it’s more important for investors to focus on the US economy’s (healthy) fundamentals rather than the exact number of rate increases this year.

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Equity

Can Anything Throw the Nine-Year-Old US Bull Off its Stride?

On March 9, the US equity bull market turned nine. After such a long run, many investors may now be wondering, what could cause a US equity market downturn?

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: March

Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group covers US trade worries, potential removal of presidential term limits in China, the Italian election aftermath and more in this month's Global Economic Perspective.

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Equity

Growth and Value Investing: A Complementary Approach

Growth and value investing are often seen as competing styles, with one outperforming or underperforming the other during different periods of time and market cycles. While the approaches may differ, Stephen Dover, head of equities at Franklin Templeton Investments, and Norm Boersma, chief investment officer of Templeton Global Equity Group, say growth versus value doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition.

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Fixed Income

What the Italian Election Tells Us About Populism in Europe

David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s head of European Fixed Income, remains optimistic on Italy’s long-term fundamentals, but believes the political trajectory of the country is a concern.

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Fixed Income

Environmental, Social and Governance Factors in Global Macro Investing

“Strong governance institutions, social cohesion and sustainable environmental policies support economic growth and higher income levels. At the same time, as countries become richer they can invest more in state-of-the-art infrastructure, assign greater priority to environmental sustainability, and develop a well-educated middle class that demands better social and political institutions.” - Michael Hasenstab, CIO, Templeton Global Macro

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Alternatives

How Infrastructure Companies Could Rebuild the World

“The need for infrastructure development is truly a global phenomenon. Many emerging countries need to develop new infrastructure to meet the needs of their growing populations, economies and cities. And, many developed countries, including the United States, need to repair, upgrade or completely replace aging infrastructure.” – Wilson Magee, Franklin Real Asset Advisors

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Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

“It seems likely the Five Star Movement will have a major part to play in Italian policy going forward. Coalition governments are commonplace in Italy and a single party has not won an outright majority since the Second World War.”- Franklin Templeton European Trading Desk team, March 5, 2018.

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Fixed Income

Italian Election Result: Political Uncertainty is Business as Usual for Italy

No outright winner emerged from the Italian general election, but as David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s head of European Fixed Income, explains that situation is normal for Italy. He expects a muted response from European bond markets but cautions there may be consequences down the road if the authorities fail to take the need for reform seriously.

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LibertyShares

Vive La Difference: Understanding the Options for Trading ETFs in Europe

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been part of the investment landscape for 25 years, but their evolution and growth varies in different parts of the world. Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, explains how that diversity has opened up different trading approaches for would-be investors.

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Fixed Income

Global Economic Perspective: February

“The opening months of 2018 have seen volatility return to global financial markets, but we think it is important to stress US economic fundamentals have remained broadly the same. After an unusually long period of calm in many markets, the reappearance of volatility at some point seemed likely, even if the speed of market gyrations has been unsettling for investors.” - Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group