Beyond Bulls & Bears

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Global equities traded marginally lower last week, with much of the focus at a company level as first quarter (Q1) earnings season progresses. Despite strong earnings and record beats, there was lacklustre price action, with significant divergence in each region.

PODCAST: Comparing the Pace of Recovery in US and Emerging Markets
Equity

PODCAST: Comparing the Pace of Recovery in US and Emerging Markets

Franklin Equity Group's Grant Bowers and Templeton Emerging Markets Equity's Chetan Sehgal join our Alistair MacDonald for a conversation about the rate of economic recovery in the United States versus emerging market countries and the implications for equity investors.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Increases in COVID-19 infections, as well as the uncertainty of the US presidential race and Brexit negotiations, are all providing significant overhangs for markets right now.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

In Europe, rising COVID-19 cases are weighing on sentiment, whilst the upcoming presidential election, delays over fiscal support, and some disappointment over the Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) commentary at its latest policy meeting have all added to a “risk-off” tone in the United States.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

The United Kingdom is firmly back in focus for investors in Europe. Brexit risk is on the increase as we edge closer to the deadline of the European Union (EU) Council Summit on 15 October with no real positive movement towards an agreement.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

This week is poised to be a dramatic one for the EU and the United Kingdom, with a five-day stretch of face-to-face discussions in London, referred to as a “moment of reckoning”.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

In parts of the United States and in Europe, (namely France, Germany and Spain) COVID-19 cases have surged. So, the shape of global economic recovery from the pandemic remains uncertain. but markets appear to have shrugged this off for now.

PODCAST: Emerging Divergences in Economies and Financial Markets
Multi-Asset

PODCAST: Emerging Divergences in Economies and Financial Markets

Ed Perks, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions, looks at concerning factors in the United States, reasons for optimism in Europe, and early success in Asia managing the COVID-19 crisis.

K2 Advisors Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook
Alternatives

K2 Advisors Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook

Pricing dislocations and adjustments between companies, industries, regions and asset classes due to the impact of COVID-19 offer opportunities for select hedged strategies, according to K2 Advisors. Brooks Ritchey and Robert Christian provide the team’s third quarter hedge-fund strategy outlook.

PODCAST: What’s Next for Markets as Lockdowns Lift: A Multi-Asset View
Multi-Asset

PODCAST: What’s Next for Markets as Lockdowns Lift: A Multi-Asset View

With markets starting to make a comeback, our Multi-Asset Solutions CIO Ed Perks looks ahead to second half of the year, including the implications of  the US economy opening up, the ongoing impact of the massive monetary and fiscal response, and the risk for a wave of downgrades and defaults.

US Equities: Taking the Long View Through Today’s Uncertainty
Equity

US Equities: Taking the Long View Through Today’s Uncertainty

While the US economy continues to suffer the wrath of the coronavirus, a recovery will eventually come. Franklin Equity Group’s Grant Bowers provides his latest update on the US equity market, and what he and his team have an eye on with a long-term investment view.

Coping with Coronavirus-Induced Market Volatility: A Multi-Asset Update
Multi-Asset

Coping with Coronavirus-Induced Market Volatility: A Multi-Asset Update

The spread of the coronavirus has created heightened market volatility in recent weeks, but the Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions team remains focused on long-term market fundamentals. Here, Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer offer an update on how they are approaching the situation, and which countries appear more insulated to growth shocks.