Beyond Bulls & Bears

ETFs and a Tin of Soup!
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ETFs and a Tin of Soup!

In these times of heightened market volatility, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have delivered on the main attributes that attract investors to utilising the wrapper—liquidity, transparency and cost efficiency—according to our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets Jason Xavier. He explores the subject a bit further and dispels some of the recent comments directed towards fixed income ETFs in particular, which he says is inaccurate.

ETFs, Volatility and a 30-Year Initiation!
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ETFs, Volatility and a 30-Year Initiation!

Our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets Jason Xavier explains the role of exchange-traded funds in enabling price discovery during these volatile times.

The Liquidity Story
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The Liquidity Story

When considering an investment, many regard liquidity to be a "must-have". As the subject remains a focus for investors in exchange-traded funds in particular, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets, Jason Xavier, dives a little deeper into this topic. He explains how many investors might not be looking at the full picture when thinking about liquidity.

Global ETF Trends to Watch in 2020
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Global ETF Trends to Watch in 2020

Investors’ appetite across the globe for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) was strong in 2019 and shows little sign of slowing, according to Jason Xavier, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets. He shares some of the themes and trends he sees ahead in 2020.

Eyes on the Size: A Different Way to Think About ETF Selection
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Eyes on the Size: A Different Way to Think About ETF Selection

It’s not all about size. Jason Xavier, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets suggests a different way to think about ETF liquidity.

The Role of Active ETFs
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The Role of Active ETFs

Not all ETFs are passive. Our Jason Xavier explores the operation, trading and pricing of active ETFs.

How ETFs Can Help Address Changing Client Expectations
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How ETFs Can Help Address Changing Client Expectations

Across Europe, we’re seeing evidence that exchange-traded funds are playing a more prominent role in investors’ portfolios. However, Jason Xavier, Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton, still encounters advisers who remain unconvinced of the merits of ETFs. In this article, he argues that ETFs have a central role to play for the investors of tomorrow.

Understanding ETF Liquidity at Times of Market Stress
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Understanding ETF Liquidity at Times of Market Stress

Recent developments in the UK investment market have brought liquidity concerns back to the top of the agenda for some investors. And inevitably, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have found themselves in the crosshairs. However, Jason Xavier, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets, argues ETFs can offer investors flexibility and transparency into markets at times of stress.

Rethinking the Bid/Ask Spread for ETF Investors
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Rethinking the Bid/Ask Spread for ETF Investors

Jason Xavier looks at bid/ask spreads and explains why some of the most widely used metrics can potentially be misleading for ETF investors.

PODCAST: Smart Beta Investing in the Changing Emerging-Market Landscape
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PODCAST: Smart Beta Investing in the Changing Emerging-Market Landscape

Many investors view “smart beta” within the realm of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as a replacement for either actively managed or passive investment strategies. Franklin Templeton ETF Specialists Todd Mathias and Rick Felix view smart beta as an additive investment strategy that can complement these approaches. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, they discuss the nuances of smart beta while taking a look at the changing investment landscape in emerging markets.

Tail Wagging the Dog? Some Thoughts on ETF Market Resilience
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Tail Wagging the Dog? Some Thoughts on ETF Market Resilience

Do ETFs exacerbate financial market volatility? Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, suggests not.

Active ETFs: For Fixed Income Investors Who Don’t Want to Follow the Pack
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Active ETFs: For Fixed Income Investors Who Don’t Want to Follow the Pack

“At times of volatility, when momentum-driven movement of indices might present potential investment opportunities, active ETFs could provide access to investment management expertise combined with the attractive features of an ETF vehicle.” Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets