Beyond Bulls & Bears

European Elections: Big Changes, or Business as Usual?
Fixed Income

European Elections: Big Changes, or Business as Usual?

Many observers are predicting that European elections later this month will usher a wave of populist representatives into the European Parliament. David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, believes there may be a shift in political balance, but suggests the ability of extremists at either end of the political spectrum to dramatically alter the direction of the European Union is likely to be limited.

Still No Roadmap to a Brexit Resolution as EU Offers Another Extension
Fixed Income

Still No Roadmap to a Brexit Resolution as EU Offers Another Extension

Brexit may have been delayed again. The European Union has offered to allow the United Kingdom more time to decide how it wants to leave. While the measure may prevent a no-deal Brexit in the short-term, our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn thinks it may simply be saving up problems for the future.

A Long Brexit Delay Now Seems Likely, but to What End?
Equity

A Long Brexit Delay Now Seems Likely, but to What End?

Brexit negotiations are once again going to the wire. With no resolution in place and the clock ticking down, Sandy Nairn, chairman of Templeton Global Equity Group and CEO of Edinburgh Partners, looks at the possible outcomes. He explains why he thinks a long Brexit extension could be the most sensible option.

Can the EU’s Extension Offer Really Break the Brexit Deadlock?
Fixed Income

Can the EU’s Extension Offer Really Break the Brexit Deadlock?

After a nail-biting few hours, European Union leaders have agreed to the UK government’s request to delay Brexit, albeit the extension is less than Theresa May had requested. But our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn believes the decision does little more than reset the clock and he warns there is still a strong chance that the United Kingdom could still crash out without a deal.

Is it Time for Small-Cap Stocks to Shine?
Equity

Is it Time for Small-Cap Stocks to Shine?

“In our view, US small-cap stocks are currently among the most expensive in the world, especially in the technology and health care sectors. With valuations looking expensive to us in the United States amid rising interest rates, we aren’t finding as many compelling opportunities as we are in Europe and Asia outside of Japan.” - Franklin Equity Group’s Ed Lugo

Perspectives on Disruption
Equity

Perspectives on Disruption

“In recent years, we’ve seen a number of developments that suggest investors should rethink what they thought they knew. Countless reports have focused on how new technologies, such as self-driving cars, will disrupt global industries. Yet, some disruptions outside the domain of technology get much less attention." – Stephen Dover, Franklin Templeton Investments

Why We See European Equities as a Catch-Up Opportunity
Equity

Why We See European Equities as a Catch-Up Opportunity

Equity markets seem to have calmed after the short, sharp volatility some political upheaval in Italy and Spain provoked last month. Templeton Global Equity Group's Dylan Ball considers the situation in Europe and where he sees value.

An Unconventional New Government in Italy
Fixed Income

An Unconventional New Government in Italy

“Although we think that fears about the League/Five Star coalition’s euro scepticism are over-played, we recognise there could be tensions between Rome and Brussels in particular over the new government’s spending plans.” – David Zahn, head of European Fixed Income.

Considering ETF Liquidity as Market Volatility Rises
LibertyShares

Considering ETF Liquidity as Market Volatility Rises

“In our view, the coordinated central bank action to facilitate liquidity through low interest rates and quantitative easing has created an artificial environment. Market declines like those seen so far in 2018 give us a glimpse of historically a more typical market environment.” – Jason Xavier

To NAV or NAV Not: Choosing the Most Appropriate ETF Investing Approach
LibertyShares

To NAV or NAV Not: Choosing the Most Appropriate ETF Investing Approach

Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, explores the ways in which investors in Europe can participate in ETFs.

Brexit: The Countdown Begins
Perspectives

Brexit: The Countdown Begins

Our Dylan Ball and David Zahn share what they’re watching in European equity and fixed income markets as the one-year countdown to Brexit begins.

What the Italian Election Tells Us About Populism in Europe
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.