Beyond Bulls & Bears

PODCAST: ESG Investing: What to Expect in 2021 and Beyond
Perspectives

PODCAST: ESG Investing: What to Expect in 2021 and Beyond

Julie Moret, our global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), speaks with AssetTV’s Jenna Dagenhart about the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has affected ESG investing, and what these shifts could mean in 2021 and beyond.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Despite the holiday season looming large, there are still a couple of major catalysts for the markets to watch: Brexit negotiations and the US fiscal developments.

Why Digital Transformation Will Transcend This Pandemic
Equity

Why Digital Transformation Will Transcend This Pandemic

Franklin Equity Group’s Jonathan Curtis explains why he believes the pandemic marked the beginning of many companies’ digital journeys.

UK 2021 Equity Prospects Brighten
Equity

UK 2021 Equity Prospects Brighten

After grappling with the impacts of a global pandemic and the continued Brexit overhang in 2020, the Franklin UK Equity Team outlines how the removal of these uncertainties in the United Kingdom could bring brighter investment prospects in the year ahead.

Quick Thoughts: Real Estate Disruptions Accelerate Active Opportunities
Alternatives

Quick Thoughts: Real Estate Disruptions Accelerate Active Opportunities

Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, and Onay Payne, Managing Director at Clarion Partners, believe reshoring supply chains, evolving office space and housing needs, and changing consumption preferences mark COVID-19’s disruptions and acceleration of trends. Commercial real estate can offer diversification, durable income, and leases indexed to inflation, providing opportunities for investors.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Franklin Templeton’s Notes from the Trading Desk offers a weekly overview of what our professional traders and analysts are watching in the markets. The European desk is manned by eight professionals based in Edinburgh, Scotland, with an average of 15 years of experience whose job it is to monitor the markets around the world. Their views are theirs alone and are not intended to be construed as investment advice.

Short-Term Uncertainties as COVID-19 Cases Spike
Multi-Asset

Short-Term Uncertainties as COVID-19 Cases Spike

As regional lockdowns loom in light of a renewed spike in coronavirus cases, the near-term outlook may be a bit bumpy, says Gene Podkaminer, Head of Research at Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions. He explores the potential market implications of renewed lockdowns and comments on how vaccine availability might affect a future economic recovery.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

With a COVID-19 vaccine forthcoming, and many countries getting the situation under control in the meantime, many observers are optimistic about an economic rebound in Europe in 2021.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Why Fixed Income Now
Fixed Income

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Why Fixed Income Now

With yields near zero, many investors may question the value of fixed income within a portfolio. Western Asset’s Head of Product Management, Doug Hulsey, joins our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, to discuss fixed income investing with an active-management lens. He makes a case for the asset class for investors in light of market uncertainties and outlines where he sees opportunities today.

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Neutral to Positive for Municipals
Fixed Income

US 2020 Election Investment Pulse: Neutral to Positive for Municipals

In coming years, US Congress and the Biden administration could implement spending programmes and tax reforms at the national level that trickle down into state and local government policies too. Our Katie Klingensmith joined Muni Bond Team Research Director Jennifer Johnston to discuss the potential implications for the municipal bond market, against a backdrop of COVID-19.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Last week was remarkable for global equity markets, as the potential for a successful COVID-19 vaccine to be available by spring 2021 drove stocks broadly higher.

Monitoring Biotech’s Race for a Vaccine
Equity

Monitoring Biotech’s Race for a Vaccine

Franklin Equity Group's Evan McCulloch and Wendy Lam give their take on when a COVID-19 vaccine could be available for public use.