Beyond Bulls & Bears

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

As in recent weeks, concerns over the coronavirus weighed on investor sentiment globally. In addition, US markets traded lower on Friday after weak manufacturing data put the brakes on the relentless march higher in the technology sector.

Full Economic Implications of Coronavirus Largely Unknown
Perspectives

Full Economic Implications of Coronavirus Largely Unknown

As markets continue to assess the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Templeton Global Macro team shares an update on the economic and market implications, which they say could be more detrimental—and last longer—than many observers previously thought.

Implications of the Coronavirus for Natural Resource Investors
Equity

Implications of the Coronavirus for Natural Resource Investors

Despite the coronavirus outbreak’s near-term impact on commodity prices and natural resources stocks, Franklin Equity Group's Fred Fromm explains why he thinks the situation is likely to be manageable for most companies in the long run.

K2 Advisors: First-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook
Alternatives

K2 Advisors: First-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook

Pricing dislocations in Europe, performance dispersion across the credit spectrum and shifts in the political landscape should likely provide abundant opportunities for select hedge strategies in the year ahead, according to K2 Advisors. The team shares some macro themes and questions its focused on, and shares its outlook for various hedge strategies.

Closing the European Performance Gap
Equity

Closing the European Performance Gap

Although European equities performed well in 2019, there’s still a significant value and performance gap compared to US stocks, according to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Katrina Dudley. Here, she gives reasons why she’s optimistic about the backdrop for European value stocks and discusses some potential market-moving events she’s monitoring.

We’re Finally Putting Brexit to Bed—What’s Next for UK Equities?
Equity

We’re Finally Putting Brexit to Bed—What’s Next for UK Equities?

We should start to gain some clarity on elements that previously clouded our outlook for UK stocks, says our Colin Morton.

The UK Has Left the EU. What’s Next Post-Brexit?
Fixed Income

The UK Has Left the EU. What’s Next Post-Brexit?

It’s been 3-1/2 years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and the process known as Brexit has been far from smooth. Now that the deadline to leave has passed, what’s next for the United Kingdom, and for Europe? Our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn says that while there’s no turning back, there are still quite a few kinks to be worked out, including the all-important trade agreements.

Multi-Asset Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak
Multi-Asset

Multi-Asset Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak that started in China could certainly be considered an unexpected market shock, one which looks to remain a concern for a while longer. Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer offer an update on the latest developments in the spread of the coronavirus, its implications for global markets, and outline how they approach unexpected shocks like this one and others.

A Value Investor View of Market Dynamics and Potential Dislocations
Equity

A Value Investor View of Market Dynamics and Potential Dislocations

Equities saw strong 2019 performances across the globe, so the big question for investors is whether the bullish momentum can continue. Templeton Global Equity Group’s Alan Bartlett and Tony Docal provide a look at what drove the positive performances around the globe in late 2019, and how they are poised to take advantage of any potential dislocations in the year ahead.

Leftist Party Win in Italy Regional Election Marks Comfort with Status Quo
Fixed Income

Leftist Party Win in Italy Regional Election Marks Comfort with Status Quo

Italy’s regional election in Emilia Romagna resulted in a win for the centre-left coalition, a development that affirms the long period of leftist rule in one of Italy’s wealthiest regions. Our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn weighs in on the market implications.

Monitoring China’s Outbreak, and Other Potential Market Shocks
Fixed Income

Monitoring China’s Outbreak, and Other Potential Market Shocks

The Templeton Global Macro team takes a look at the implications of the coronavirus in China, and positioning for potential market shocks.

On My Mind: Oops! They QE’d Again
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Oops! They QE’d Again

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has gone back to expanding its balance sheet. Some claim that quantitative easing (QE) is back; the Fed denies it. What we call it isn’t the point, says Sonal Desai, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO—what matters are the implications of this “permanently loose” policy stance for asset prices, investment strategy and market volatility.