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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Clearly, the continued easing of COVID-19 lockdowns was in focus, with a close eye on an infection rates. For the most part, Europe tends to be faring relatively well, whilst the US rate is sharply on the rise, seeing record one-day increases in cases.

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus
Perspectives

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus

Dislocations resulting from the pandemic shine a light on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, which can be used as an additional tool to identify leading companies from the laggards, according to Franklin Templeton’s Global Head of ESG, Julie Moret.

The Future for UK Dividends: Unprecedented Times Bring Shifting Dividend Policies
Equity

The Future for UK Dividends: Unprecedented Times Bring Shifting Dividend Policies

The coronavirus pandemic could shape how UK businesses think about dividends going forward, says Franklin Templeton UK Equity's Colin Morton. He shares his on-the-ground thoughts on the UK economy, and how it measures up against the last global economic shock.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Global equities recovered to trade higher last week, shaking off headlines on coronavirus second-wave fears, trade spats, poor economic data and US political uncertainty to focus on fiscal and monetary stimulus.

On My Mind: The Fed’s Final Frontier—Negative Rates or Yield Curve Control?
Fixed Income

On My Mind: The Fed’s Final Frontier—Negative Rates or Yield Curve Control?

Given fears of a COVID-19 resurgence and US election uncertainties looming, many investors are wondering what comes next for policymakers in terms of supporting the economy. Our Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai weighs in on the possibility of negative US interest rates or other measures.

Quick Thoughts: This Time Is Different
Equity

Quick Thoughts: This Time Is Different

Our Stephen Dover gives his take on why Sir John Templeton might recognise today’s economic environment as another opportunity for active equity investors.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Last week saw global equity markets pause for breath, with most major indices declining when faced with a sobering economic outlook from the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

PODCAST: Risk Assets and the Reshaping of the Economy
Multi-Asset

PODCAST: Risk Assets and the Reshaping of the Economy

Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions' Gene Podkaminer and Wylie Tollette put market activity in perspective amidst a pandemic and social unrest. They also detail why they believe risk assets are most favorable near term.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Global equity markets were buoyant last week, as news of further economic stimulus in Europe, better-than-expected U S employment data and a continued easing of lockdown measures all helped boost market sentiment.

On My Mind: If You Open It, They Will Come
Fixed Income

On My Mind: If You Open It, They Will Come

After the shock of COVID-19, when will the global economy return to a sense of normalcy? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai examines some key economic activity indicators in the wake of the pandemic. She shares data on recent changes in US consumer behaviour which seem to signal people are eager to go back to normal life.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

European markets were broadly higher last week, with rotation out of momentum and into value the key theme. We are seeing more signs that macro data has bottomed, raising hopes for the start of a recovery as COVID-19 lockdowns continue to ease.

EU Delivers Comprehensive Fiscal Rescue Package
Fixed Income

EU Delivers Comprehensive Fiscal Rescue Package

The European Commission has unveiled a sweeping new €750 billion coronavirus fiscal rescue package, including the issuance of new bonds. David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, calls it groundbreaking.