Beyond Bulls & Bears

On My Mind: Now Let’s Get Those Jobs Back
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Now Let’s Get Those Jobs Back

COVID-19 has taken a toll on human lives as well as the global economy, with the latest US employment figures revealing a shocking number of job losses in April. Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai weighs in on the situation, saying the next few weeks will likely prove crucial in shaping the course of the labour market for the remainder of this year.

ETFs and a Tin of Soup!
LibertyShares

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.

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.

PODCAST: A Different World: Expect Significant Changes Following the Coronavirus Crisis
Fixed Income

PODCAST: A Different World: Expect Significant Changes Following the Coronavirus Crisis

The coronavirus crisis has brought a number of uncertainties, including what will happen in the aftermath. Will economic growth quickly rebound? Will there be lasting societal changes? In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, Dr. Michael Hasenstab, Chief Investment Officer, Templeton Global Macro, offers his take—and some considerations for investors.

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.

Fixed Income View: A Crisis Like No Other
Fixed Income

Fixed Income View: A Crisis Like No Other

When times of turmoil hit, most investors become risk-averse, seeking safety over opportunity for higher returns. The coronavirus-driven crisis is no different in that regard. However, John Beck, our director of fixed income, London, sees some striking differences between this and other crises, and offers some thoughts on where he thinks taking some risk today might make sense.

PODCAST: Rescuing the Economy: Impacts of Massive Fiscal and Monetary Stimulus
Fixed Income

PODCAST: Rescuing the Economy: Impacts of Massive Fiscal and Monetary Stimulus

Is history repeating itself or is the coronavirus crisis something completely different? In our latest "Talking Markets" podcast, Sonal Desai, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income, explains how the current global economic and market environments differ from past crisis periods. She also outlines how she sees different recovery scenarios playing out across the United States and around the world.

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.

K2 Advisors: Second Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook
Alternatives

K2 Advisors: Second Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook

The coronavirus pandemic has created a number of pricing dislocations within markets across the globe. In its second-quarter outlook, the K2 Advisors team takes a look at how hedge fund managers are navigating the current market environment and which strategies are finding opportunities from these dislocations.