Beyond Bulls & Bears

Meet the Manager: Sonal Desai
Fixed Income

Meet the Manager: Sonal Desai

Tending her family’s garden as a child, the seeds were planted for Sonal Desai to succeed in the world of finance and economics through hard work, attention to detail and a research-driven, scientific approach. Today, she leads Franklin Templeton’s Fixed Income team, and is particularly excited about the growth of quantitative science—and how it can complement fundamental analysis. Learn more about Desai.

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.

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.

On My Mind: Bringing the Economy Back from Life Support
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Bringing the Economy Back from Life Support

With recent data showing a coronavirus-driven recession in the United States appears inevitable, the question for many investors is how long it will last. Sonal Desai, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income, weighs in on the differences between this one and other recessionary periods—and whether policymakers can engineer a recovery.

The Impact of the ECB’s Coronavirus Rescue Fund and BoE Rate Cut on European Bonds
Fixed Income

The Impact of the ECB’s Coronavirus Rescue Fund and BoE Rate Cut on European Bonds

This week, both the European Central Bank and Bank of England took further measures to help contain the financial fallout from the coronavirus and alleviate pressure on strained public finances. Our David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income, shares his views on what it means for European bonds.

UK Budget Ease Follows Coordinated BOE Rate Cut
Fixed Income

UK Budget Ease Follows Coordinated BOE Rate Cut

Newly appointed UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak tore up the fiscal rulebook and unveiled a spend-heavy UK budget, announced just after the Bank of England delivered an emergency interest-rate cut. Our David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income, weighs in, noting that the UK government is one of the first to provide a coordinated fiscal and monetary policy response to battle the economic impact of the coronavirus.

US High Yield Faces Double Whammy
Fixed Income

US High Yield Faces Double Whammy

Financial markets across the globe have been dealt a one-two punch—the spread of the coronavirus and an oil price war that caused prices to plummet. Glenn Voyles, Matt Fey and Bryant Dieffenbacher of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income examine the impact on high-yield credit.

Leftist Party Win in Italy Regional Election Marks Comfort with Status Quo
Fixed Income

Leftist Party Win in Italy Regional Election Marks Comfort with Status Quo

Italy’s regional election in Emilia Romagna resulted in a win for the centre-left coalition, a development that affirms the long period of leftist rule in one of Italy’s wealthiest regions. Our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn weighs in on the market implications.

On My Mind: Oops! They QE’d Again
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Oops! They QE’d Again

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has gone back to expanding its balance sheet. Some claim that quantitative easing (QE) is back; the Fed denies it. What we call it isn’t the point, says Sonal Desai, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO—what matters are the implications of this “permanently loose” policy stance for asset prices, investment strategy and market volatility.

On My Mind: Will the US Economy Survive the Politics in 2020?
Fixed Income

On My Mind: Will the US Economy Survive the Politics in 2020?

The many gloomy predictions for 2019 did not come to pass, but can we be more optimistic for 2020? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai draws the key lessons from last year and outlines what she expects for the year ahead and her main concerns, with political uncertainty top of the list.

Global Sukuk: An Increasingly Relevant Asset Class Amid Ongoing Uncertainty
Fixed Income

Global Sukuk: An Increasingly Relevant Asset Class Amid Ongoing Uncertainty

Three factors in the global sukuk market give our Dino Kronfol reasons to be optimistic for the market’s long-term prospects.