Beyond Bulls & Bears

Quick Thoughts: China’s Potential Continues
Equity

Quick Thoughts: China’s Potential Continues

China was the first economy to institute COVID-19 lockdowns, and has been the first to gradually exit. While the economy is certainly not back to normal, our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, still sees potential growth opportunities there for investors.

PODCAST: What’s Next for Markets as Lockdowns Lift: A Multi-Asset View
Multi-Asset

PODCAST: What’s Next for Markets as Lockdowns Lift: A Multi-Asset View

With markets starting to make a comeback, our Multi-Asset Solutions CIO Ed Perks looks ahead to second half of the year, including the implications of  the US economy opening up, the ongoing impact of the massive monetary and fiscal response, and the risk for a wave of downgrades and defaults.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Government lockdowns across some key markets have eased slightly in the last week, but concerns over the potential of a second wave of COVID-19 infections still persist. Meanwhile, ongoing US/China trade tensions look to remain a market driver.

Quick Thoughts: A New Globalisation Emerges
Equity

Quick Thoughts: A New Globalisation Emerges

Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover gives his take on the new globalisation, how the US Midwest may be the next emerging market, and what he thinks it means for strategic industries and supply chains.

Getting Back to Normal
Equity

Getting Back to Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how global consumers learn, shop, travel and work, as well as how they fulfil entertainment and health care needs. Franklin Equity Group’s John Remmert and Donald Huber share which trends they think are permanent and which are likely just a phase.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Global equities generally ground higher last week as optimism grew that we may be through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. Across Europe, there has been a very gradual loosening of lockdown measures as governments try to get economies moving.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Markets were buoyed overall throughout last week, but the balancing act of reopening economic activity too early and stemming the catastrophic economic impact of COVID-19 is clearly one of the most controversial and difficult decisions facing global leaders.

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG
Equity

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of financial market risks that fit within the realm of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors—namely disaster preparedness and health risks. Templeton Global Equity Group's Maarten Bloemen argues we will see recently highlighted ESG considerations more acutely on the radar of investors, while other issues previously on the backburner due to coronavirus—such as climate change—will likely come back to the spotlight.

To Rebalance or Not to Rebalance: How to Think about Truing up Asset Allocations in Times of Market Stress
Multi-Asset

To Rebalance or Not to Rebalance: How to Think about Truing up Asset Allocations in Times of Market Stress

Some investors use a set-it-and-forget-it approach to their portfolios, but there are times when the asset mix may need to be recalibrated to achieve one’s goals. Here, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions' Gene Podkaminer and Wylie Tollette discuss the importance of rebalancing one’s portfolio, especially during times of market turmoil, and how different types of investors can accomplish the task.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

European equities were broadly lower last week with headlines on COVID-19 developments, the unfolding oil pricing drama, and the Eurogroup’s meeting last week all at play.

Quick Thoughts: Oil Markets Are Lacking Energy
Equity

Quick Thoughts: Oil Markets Are Lacking Energy

Why did oil futures contracts turn negative for the first time ever? Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover gives his take.

Quick Thoughts: Promising COVID-19 Research Underway
Equity

Quick Thoughts: Promising COVID-19 Research Underway

Following the race to find a potential COVID-19 cure? Two of our senior investment leaders and a world immunology expert weigh in.