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Fixed Income

Sukuk’s Journey into the Financial Mainstream

"We consider global sukuk to be a misunderstood asset class. Misconceptions to which sukuk is often subject to include assumptions that sukuk is susceptible to the headline risk associated with oil price volatility, or that it is solely concentrated in a few geographies.” - Dino Kronfol, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income Strategies

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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

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LibertyShares

Fixed Income ETFs: Democratising Price Discovery for Investors

“The evolution of ETFs, particularly in the fixed income arena, can offer even retail investors access to a market with the same price discovery/transparency as their institutional counterparts.” – Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets

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Fixed Income

Michael Hasenstab: An Update on our Global Markets Resilience Scores

Templeton Global Macro makes a compelling case that finding attractive opportunities in emerging markets lies in distinguishing the more resilient countries from the rest. Here, CIO Michael Hasenstab provides an update of the team’s proprietary “Local Markets Resiliency Index” and highlights the scores of seven different countries—Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia and South Africa.

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Fixed Income

Fed Gives US Interest Rates Another Bump in June

The US Federal Reserve continued its tightening path at its June policy meeting, raising its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and seventh time since December 2015. Chris Molumphy, chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, offers us a snapshot of the US monetary policy landscape in the wake of the meeting.

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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.

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Fixed Income

US 10-Year Treasury Crosses 3%: Much Ado About Nothing?

On April 24, the US 10-year Treasury yield crossed the 3% threshold for the first time in four years, prompting much discussion about the potential implications for the US economy. But to reference a famous Shakespeare play, is all the media focus much ado about nothing? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s Michael Materasso says investors shouldn’t fret too much about the number.

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Fixed Income

Who Said the Rules of the Game Could Change Because LIBOR’s Going Away?

There’s been a lot of discussion in the fixed income world about the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and what might replace it. But what hasn’t been as widely discussed is an important consequence for investors in this space: changes to LIBOR language in new-issue and amended credit agreements—particularly how these changes are implemented. Mark Boyadjian, director of our Floating Rate Debt Group, and Reema Agarwal, vice president and director of research, explain.

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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.

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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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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

The Underappreciated Story: How Brexit Threatens to Shift the Balance of Power in the EU

“We think the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU may start to show up differences of attitude among different factions within the trading bloc. And, it may bring about a switch in the balance of power in the European Parliament.” David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income.