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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.

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.

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.

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.

European Fixed Income: Coming Out of Crisis
Fixed Income

European Fixed Income: Coming Out of Crisis

As European economies slowly start to come out of coronavirus lockdowns, it could be some time before growth returns to pre-crisis levels, according to David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income. He says the crisis has been another test for the European Union as the coronavirus has affected some countries moreso than others. But he sees this as perhaps the best time in years to invest in European fixed income.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Government lockdowns across some key markets have eased slightly in the last week, but concerns over the potential of a second wave of COVID-19 infections still persist. Meanwhile, ongoing US/China trade tensions look to remain a market driver.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Global equities generally ground higher last week as optimism grew that we may be through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. Across Europe, there has been a very gradual loosening of lockdown measures as governments try to get economies moving.

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.

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.

On My Mind: More Heavy Lifting from the Fed—While Congress Squabbles
Fixed Income

On My Mind: More Heavy Lifting from the Fed—While Congress Squabbles

The US Federal Reserve continues to use whatever tools it can to help combat economic fallout from the coronavirus. Sonal Desai, Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income, calls its latest response “a whole new level” of stimulus.

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.