Beyond Bulls & Bears

What Will a US Government Shutdown Mean for Investors?
Equity

What Will a US Government Shutdown Mean for Investors?

US members of Congress are finding themselves at a stand-off over the creation of a border wall between the United States and Mexico. President Trump’s threats to shut down the government if the bill is not passed raise questions and uncertainty that will contribute to increased political risks for investors to consider. Stephen Dover, Head of Equities for Franklin Templeton Investments, shares his perspective about the potential impacts.

Convertible Securities: a Versatile Asset Class
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

Time to Reset Expectations?
Perspectives

Time to Reset Expectations?

Global markets have been relatively calm this summer despite many uncertainties. Geopolitical risks have continued across the globe, and in some areas, looming monetary policy changes also appear likely. A key question for many investors is whether the sleepy summer period of low volatility will give way to a more turbulent autumn. Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders offer their perspective on the markets and discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

An Opportune Time to Change Investors’ Perception of Investing in Europe
Equity

An Opportune Time to Change Investors’ Perception of Investing in Europe

“Gross domestic product growth in the euro area has quietly overtaken that of the United States so far this year. But the risks once associated with political uncertainty, populism and fears over the possible break-up of the European Union (EU) have not proven as potent as they initially appeared.” Robert Mazzuoli, portfolio manager, Franklin Local Asset Management

Union Budget 2017-18: Key Takeaways
Equity

Union Budget 2017-18: Key Takeaways

In our view, the 2017-18 Union Budget struck a balance in regard to projected government spending—tackling the deficit, while supporting sector growth through public spending.

Want to Create Value? Dig Deep and Adjust Your Expectations

Want to Create Value? Dig Deep and Adjust Your Expectations

In this current environment with elevated valuations (by historical standards), a trade-off exists between earnings risk and valuation risk. These are the decisions that some investors will want to consider as they strive to produce acceptable returns.

On January Barometers and Market Bargains

On January Barometers and Market Bargains

We are now witnessing historic extremes in the discount afforded to value relative to growth, quality and safety. While this environment has been (and may remain) painful for some time, the eventual normalization of these extremes represents the most compelling opportunities in equity markets today.

Will Equities See a Sweeter ’16 Ahead?

Will Equities See a Sweeter ’16 Ahead?

Global financial markets still face numerous risks, but the drivers of corporate profitability appear to us to be sustainable in the current business and economic environment.

A Sense of Déjà Vu

A Sense of Déjà Vu

We enter 2016 with a sense of déjà vu. Areas of the global financial market where longer-term risk/reward profiles were more attractive to us last year remain so in the early stages of 2016, driven in part by the persistence of several important financial and economic factors.

Fed Delivers Rate Hike: Holiday Gift or Lump of Coal?
Equity

Fed Delivers Rate Hike: Holiday Gift or Lump of Coal?

We think the Fed’s move to raise interest rates confirms its confidence that the US economy and financial system are no longer in a vulnerable post-crisis state. To us as investors, that should be viewed as good news.

Northern Exposure: The Case for Canadian Equities

Northern Exposure: The Case for Canadian Equities

Finding What’s Real in Real Estate

Finding What’s Real in Real Estate