Beyond Bulls & Bears

Brazil elections: Brace for volatility but look for opportunities

Brazilian equity markets may remain volatile following the country’s inconclusive presidential elections. However, Franklin Templeton’s Marcus Weyerer and Dina Ting see long-term investor opportunities—such as renewable energy—arising in Latin America’s largest economy even as the dust settles.

Quick thoughts: Arugula is the new popcorn—a conversation on food innovation
Perspectives

Quick thoughts: Arugula is the new popcorn—a conversation on food innovation

Feeding a growing global population requires innovation in food and agricultural technologies. Learn about how investors have a role to play.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Last week, the United Kingdom took centre stage for all the wrong reasons. Following the controversial “fiscal statement” from the UK government on the prior Friday, financial markets took fright at the sweeping range of unfunded tax cuts and spending proposals, as many felt the plans lacked in detail and costing.

Dimensions & Insights: Your growth story includes DEI
Perspectives

Dimensions & Insights: Your growth story includes DEI

Today’s extremely competitive environment requires diverse thinking and problem solving to find great opportunities. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices create a platform for differentiation for firm performance and add to an asset manager’s bottom line. Chief Executive Officer Jenny Johnson and Chief Diversity Officer Regina Curry believe thinking more holistically about embedding DEI in company practices and processes produce the best outcomes and more company growth.

Will Italy still have ECB support in wake of elections?
Fixed Income

Will Italy still have ECB support in wake of elections?

Our Head of European Fixed Income, David Zahn, weighs in on the potential market implications of the outcome of the recent Italian elections.

Quick thoughts: Why the US dollar matters
Perspectives

Quick thoughts: Why the US dollar matters

Why is the US dollar so strong? And what does the strengthening dollar mean for investors, the global economy and inflation? Stephen Dover, Head of Franklin Templeton Institute, explains.

Municipal markets continue to feel the pressure this year, yet fundamentals remain stable
Fixed Income

Municipal markets continue to feel the pressure this year, yet fundamentals remain stable

The municipal bond market has not been immune to bouts of volatility hitting the markets this year, but there are still pockets of opportunity, according to Franklin Templeton Fixed Income’s Director of Municipal Bonds, Ben Barber. He points to improving technical conditions, stable fundamentals and inexpensive valuations that make the asset class look compelling.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

The Federal Reserve (Fed), the Bank of England (BoE), the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Norges Bank and the Riksbank all raised interest rates last week and paved the way for further hikes at upcoming meetings.

Student loan forgiveness plan and Inflation Reduction Act: Are these new policies inflationary or deflationary?
Multi-Asset

Student loan forgiveness plan and Inflation Reduction Act: Are these new policies inflationary or deflationary?

Inflation is top of mind for consumers and market participants. In the United States, many are questioning whether student loan forgiveness will make inflation worse, and if the recently passed “Inflation Reduction Act” will offer relief. Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions’ Gene Podkaminer and Spencer Walling weigh in on whether these new policies will worsen the current inflationary environment, or prove to provide a deflationary impulse for the economy.

On my mind: Staying on message
Fixed Income

On my mind: Staying on message

The Fed delivered another 75 bps rate hike and reiterated its Jackson Hole message: reducing inflation is now its one and only priority. But the Fed's forecasts still seem too optimistic, and this could feed extended uncertainty and volatility in markets. Our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai shares her thoughts.

Notes from the Trading Desk: Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk: Europe

Headwinds persist and volatility remains, and investors seem to be looking beyond the immediate issues that have been weighing on stocks, giving the market short-term, risk-on moves higher.

Euro fall: Why parity between the euro and US dollar may persist
Equity

Euro fall: Why parity between the euro and US dollar may persist

Franklin Mutual Series’ Investment Strategist Katrina Dudley believes that higher inflation in Europe stemming from rising energy prices, as well as lower relative interest rates, may keep the euro under pressure.