Beyond Bulls & Bears

Hired, Housed and Healthy: An Introduction to Our Social Infrastructure Strategy
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Hired, Housed and Healthy: An Introduction to Our Social Infrastructure Strategy

Social infrastructure—the physical assets where social services are provided to communities—has a crucial role to play in society. Franklin Real Asset Advisors’ Raymond Jacobs, Riccardo Abello and John Levy share their thoughts on the topic here.

Beyond Alignment: Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals
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Beyond Alignment: Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

Our Raymond Jacobs and John Levy from Franklin Real Asset Advisors explain why impact investment products labelled as “aligned with the SDGs” should move beyond just alignment and make a real contribution to positive social and environmental outcomes.

Staying Nimble Amid an Uncertain Outlook
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Staying Nimble Amid an Uncertain Outlook

Bouts of volatility hit markets across the globe in the third quarter of 2019 amid continued uncertainties about global growth and trade. Central banks took notice, with the US Federal Reserve easing interest rates for the first time in more than a decade and the European Central Bank also cutting rates and reintroducing quantitative easing. Against this backdrop, our senior investment leaders discuss why they do not see a recession in the near term, but are taking a cautious and nimble approach.

Real Assets Could Be the Alternative
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Real Assets Could Be the Alternative

Given the backdrop of a slowing global economy and shaky investor sentiment tied to trade tensions, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions' Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer are calling for an active investment approach. In the latest edition of “Allocation Views,” they outline six major themes driving their current views: slower global growth, subdued inflation, monetary policy effectiveness, the importance of nimble management, real assets, and alternative assets that aren’t really alternative enough.

Meet the Manager: John Levy
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Meet the Manager: John Levy

Because an intern didn’t show up for work, John Levy, Director of Impact, Franklin Real Asset Advisors, got his foot in the door at Franklin Templeton. Now, 14 years later, he’s leading the firm’s efforts in impact investing, helping the company prove itself as a leader in the space. Get to know John.

Impact Investing in Practice: Social Infrastructure
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Impact Investing in Practice: Social Infrastructure

To understand how impact management can be applied in practice, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, took an example from the real estate sector and considered the specific demands of social infrastructure. The third post of this three-part series explores why social infrastructure can be seen as a natural fit for most impact investors.

The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management
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The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management

No single, unified best practice has yet emerged for impact investing, and a proliferation of methodologies and metrics has introduced an element of confusion. Simply navigating through all the resources available to impact investors can be a challenge. In the second post in this three-part series, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, help guide us through what they call the “five building blocks” of effective impact management.

Where Bricks Are Beating Clicks: Implications for Last-Mile Real Estate
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Where Bricks Are Beating Clicks: Implications for Last-Mile Real Estate

Many observe the impacts of e-commerce growth as decimating commercial retail properties, leaving empty big-box warehouses and strip malls in its wake. While this may be true to a certain extent, it ignores the potential opportunity this new trend is creating in the industrial property sector. It seems that for every mall that closes, a distribution warehouse—or so-called last-mile logistics space—opens. Raymond Jacobs, Woon Pin Chong and Marc Weidner of Franklin Real Asset Advisors outline the opportunities they see, namely in new demand for logistics infrastructure.

Understanding the Climate Change Challenges Facing Consumer Goods Companies
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Understanding the Climate Change Challenges Facing Consumer Goods Companies

As an active investment manager with a firm commitment to integrating environmental, social and governance analysis into its investment processes, Franklin Templeton recognises its responsibility to raise awareness of climate transition issues. Working alongside the Carbon Disclosure Project, Franklin Templeton recently co-hosted a roundtable event on consumer goods companies’ preparations for the low-carbon transition. Here, Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, reports back from the event.

K2 Advisors: It’s the End of the Fed’s World as We Know It
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K2 Advisors: It’s the End of the Fed’s World as We Know It

Market volatility returned with a vengeance towards the end of 2018, with numerous uncertainties invoking memories of the Great Recession. K2 Advisors’ Robert Christian and Brooks Ritchey believe the most recent turmoil has been a function of some asset-price distortions stemming from central bank actions. They explain what it all means for investors—and for hedge-fund vehicles in particular.

Risk On, Risk Off, or Risk Uncertain?
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Risk On, Risk Off, or Risk Uncertain?

While big market swings can be unsettling to many investors, there are a number of alternative investment strategies that aim to turn volatility into opportunity, according to K2 Advisors’ Brooks Ritchey and Robert Christian. They outline some of the market challenges they see ahead, and why they believe certain hedge strategies could find fertile ground.

Renewable Energy Gaining Steam
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Renewable Energy Gaining Steam

Renewable energy has been gaining steam for many reasons, as have the investment opportunities in the space. Ketul Sakhpara, portfolio manager and research analyst, Franklin Real Asset Advisors, outlines the three main drivers of interest, and where his team sees potential. You might be surprised to learn how emerging markets in particular are ramping up renewable energy.