Beyond Bulls & Bears

Why We Think Most “Brexit Panaceas” Are Ill-Thought-Through or Unviable
Equity

Why We Think Most “Brexit Panaceas” Are Ill-Thought-Through or Unviable

“It is symptomatic of the level of debate that the options which tend to get offered as panaceas for Brexit are rarely thought-through or viable.” Sandy Nairn, Chairman of Templeton Global Equity Group and CEO of Edinburgh Partners

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

Italian Election Outlook and Why We Don’t See an ECB Rate Hike Before 2020
Fixed Income

Italian Election Outlook and Why We Don’t See an ECB Rate Hike Before 2020

The upcoming Italian election is not attracting the same sort of attention among investors as votes last year in France and Germany. For that very reason, David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s Head of European Fixed Income, believes an unexpected result might provoke an outsized market reaction. And while investors seem more preoccupied with the trajectory of eurozone monetary policy, Zahn believes there are good reasons to think the European Central Bank will hold off until 2020 before pushing interest rates up.

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

UK Election Result: Grounds for Optimism in the Medium Term?
Equity

UK Election Result: Grounds for Optimism in the Medium Term?

“The UK election result came as a shock to most observers, but early indications suggest financial markets don’t view it as an end of the world scenario. And there are indications that some positives could emerge over the medium term.” Colin Morton, vice president, portfolio manager, UK Equity Team, June 9, 2017.

The Great Sector Rotation, and the Road Ahead for UK Equities
Equity

The Great Sector Rotation, and the Road Ahead for UK Equities

In the closing months of 2016, there were big changes in some of the financial metrics that feed into economic assumptions and indeed equity valuation assumptions, and we think that sets the tone for where we move into 2017.

Why Markets Are More Cautious About the Next Potential Political Pitfall
Fixed Income

Why Markets Are More Cautious About the Next Potential Political Pitfall

Although the Italian constitutional referendum may seem parochial compared with the US election or the Brexit vote, it has the potential to bring further uncertainty to a European Union which is already struggling to digest the implications of Trump’s victory.