Beyond Bulls & Bears

The Fed Calls Time for a Reality Check
Fixed Income

The Fed Calls Time for a Reality Check

The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark short-term interest rate for the second time this year, but some observers were disappointed the Fed didn’t more strongly signal future easing moves. Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai shares her thoughts on why the central bank needed to rein in expectations a bit.

Pinpointing Fixed Income Credit Risks
Fixed Income

Pinpointing Fixed Income Credit Risks

In this excerpt from the latest Franklin Templeton Thinks, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group examines how machine learning techniques can measure the risks of consumer and home loans—helping pinpoint credit risks they think are worth taking. They review digital loans, a relatively new asset class, and explain why quantitative approaches may be more applicable to some fixed income sectors than others.

Why European Fixed Income Can Still Have Value Even with Negative Yield
Fixed Income

Why European Fixed Income Can Still Have Value Even with Negative Yield

“We believe that with the combination of an expected ECB rate cut in September and a positively shaped yield curve, European bonds could still remain attractive in global terms.” - John Beck, Director Fixed Income, London, Franklin Templeton

Adrift: Has Monetary Policy Become Unanchored?
Fixed Income

Adrift: Has Monetary Policy Become Unanchored?

In light of the Federal Reserve’s recent interest-rate cut, our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai takes a look at how US central bank thinking seems to have changed, and whether there’s a risk of having interest rates too close to zero. She argues deflation risks are overblown and looser monetary policy will lead to increased financial market distortions.

US Fed in Tough Spot as Market Clamours for Rate Cuts
Fixed Income

US Fed in Tough Spot as Market Clamours for Rate Cuts

The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady at its June meeting; it also emphasised its data-driven approach to policy decisions but noted it believes the case for lower interest rates to be strengthening. Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai offers her take on the meeting, and why the Fed might actually be exacerbating market volatility ahead.

On My Mind: Embracing Tech Disruption—Four Lessons For Fixed Income Investors
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Embracing Tech Disruption—Four Lessons For Fixed Income Investors

The impact of innovation on productivity, economic growth and global trade will be more profound than most people realise, according to Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai. She shares her thoughts on the subject and other key takeaways from our annual Global Investment Forum in San Francisco.

The Case for Active Gilts Management as Volatility Returns
Fixed Income

The Case for Active Gilts Management as Volatility Returns

After several years of relatively stable conditions, the slide in equities at the end of last year and the subsequent recovery in the first quarter of 2019 were a stark reminder not to become complacent. Read more on why Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s David Zahn believes an active approach to gilts management makes sense now.

Understanding the Role of Trading Volume and Size in Assessing an ETF
LibertyShares

Understanding the Role of Trading Volume and Size in Assessing an ETF

Although exchange-traded funds (ETFs) display some similar characteristics to stocks and mutual funds, there are some significant differences. Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton, explains why he believes investors should think differently when considering their ETF allocations.

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 Hard Brexit Would Remove Uncertainty for Markets
Fixed Income

A Hard Brexit Would Remove Uncertainty for Markets

"Two and a half years ago, with all the options for a negotiated Brexit on the table, a Hard Brexit seemed to be the worst-case scenario. Now, markets may feel that it’s preferable to bring an end to the uncertainty and accept the short-term pain." David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income

Who’s Who in the ETF Ecosystem
LibertyShares

Who’s Who in the ETF Ecosystem

Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, offers a simple explanation of what each role plays in ETF trading.

Back from the Road Again: Five Things We Learnt from Our European Roadshow
Fixed Income

Back from the Road Again: Five Things We Learnt from Our European Roadshow

On a recent European roadshow, David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s head of European Fixed Income, had the chance to meet investors from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. In this article, he sets out some of his takeaway messages from the trip, including a couple of surprises.