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Non-Transparent Active ETFs Get Regulatory Nod
The menu of types and styles of exchange-traded funds available to investors keeps growing. The Securities and Exchange Commission just approved four proposals for a new type of exchange traded fund: non-transparent, active ETFs. David Mann, our Head of Global ETF Capital Markets, explains the implications.
Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets: Progress and Opportunity
There have been improvements in corporate governance in a number of emerging markets, but it remains a work in progress. In the second of this two-part series, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Chetan Sehgal and Andrew Ness explore the steps some regulators and companies in emerging economies have taken to improve corporate governance.
Optimism Returns to Emerging Markets in October
Navigating New Global Market Uncertainties
Global equity markets continued to face uncertainties during the third quarter of this year, but by and large, they remained resilient. Templeton Global Equity Group’s Tony Docal, Peter Moeschter and Heather Waddell provide an overview of events shaping markets in the third quarter and share their outlook for global equities.
In the Know: Finding Value Among US Microcap Stocks
Three Tenets for Investing in Innovation
With global economic growth experiencing a slowdown this year, some investors may be concerned about valuations for the innovative companies that have been popular during the past decade. Against this backdrop, Franklin Equity Group’s Matt Moberg explains why he thinks select companies have the potential to grow faster than the overall market in the next decade and beyond.
Brexit: Not the Beginning of the End, But the End of the Beginning?
Against the odds, Boris Johnson’s UK government appears to have agreed to a deal in principle with the European Union (EU) which could see the United Kingdom leave the EU on October 31 in an orderly way. But David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, cautions against popping the champagne corks too prematurely.
China Lifts Foreign Investor Caps on Stock and Bond Markets
China has long limited foreign investor access to its capital markets. However, the country recently announced it will lift restrictions, a move that further opens its markets to the global investment community. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio Manager Michael Lai, who is based in Hong Kong, explains what this means.
Real Assets Could Be the Alternative
The Fed Calls Time for a Reality Check
Pinpointing Fixed Income Credit Risks
In today’s world of new technologies, it’s easy to grasp how digital innovations touch our personal lives. We can order groceries with a simple voice command, leave tips with our phone, or apply for online loans without leaving our couch. Less obvious are the ways data science and digital analytics have transformed the methods some asset managers use to analyze risks and generate returns.The goal of risk analysis isn’t to avoid risks.
What We Think Could Drive European Markets in the Coming Months
As European investors and market practitioners return from their summer vacations and prepare for the final third of 2019, our Head of European Fixed Income David Zahn highlights the issues he thinks will drive markets in the coming months. Here’s what he views as the most important issues for global investors following developments in Europe.
Three Reasons to Consider Dividend Growers
As global economic growth slows and US-China trade tensions drag on, Franklin Equity Group’s Nick Getaz and Matt Quinlan see signs that some investors may be turning their attention away from the high-growth stocks that have been popular during the recent US equity bull market. Against this backdrop, they explain why they think investors might want to consider “rising dividends companies,” or resilient companies with track records of dividend growth, during various market environments.
US Market Volatility and Sleepless Summertime Nights
The summer of 2019 has given equity investors a lot of things to worry about. Yet, Franklin Equity Group’s Grant Bowers says the health of the US equity bull market shouldn’t be one of them—at least not now. He discusses the biggest growth driver for both the US and global economy and explains why he likes the long-term prospects for select companies in the health care and technology sectors.
Adrift: Has Monetary Policy Become Unanchored?
New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
Boris Johnson, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Brexit, is the United Kingdom’s new prime minister. David Zahn, Franklin Templeton’s Head of European Fixed Income, doubts Johnson will have much of a honeymoon period in the new role as he faces stiff challenges domestically and internationally, with global markets scouring his every move.
Understanding the Climate Change Challenges Facing Consumer Goods Companies
As an active investment manager with a firm commitment to integrating environmental, social and governance analysis into its investment processes, Franklin Templeton recognizes its responsibility to raise awareness of climate transition issues. Working alongside the Carbon Disclosure Project, Franklin Templeton recently co-hosted a roundtable event on consumer goods companies’ preparations for the low-carbon transition.
What’s Really Driving Oil Market Volatility?
Recent attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East have grabbed headlines and revived geopolitical fears. However, Fred Fromm, portfolio manager of Franklin Natural Resources Fund, says other factors, namely global oil supply-demand dynamics, are more responsible for the bouts of oil market volatility we’ve seen this year.
Should Markets Heed Recession Warnings?
Amid a renewed US-China trade spat and additional tariff tensions between the United States and Mexico, investor concerns about a possible recession have heightened, according to Ed Perks, executive vice president and chief investment officer, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions.
On My Mind: Embracing Tech Disruption—Four Lessons For Fixed Income Investors
The impact of innovation on productivity, economic growth and global trade will be more profound than most people realize, according to Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai. She shares her thoughts on the subject and other key takeaways from our annual Global Investment Forum in San Francisco.
European Elections: Big Changes, or Business as Usual?
Many observers are predicting that European elections later this month will usher a wave of populist representatives into the European Parliament. David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group, believes there may be a shift in political balance, but suggests the ability of extremists at either end of the political spectrum to dramatically alter the direction of the European Union is likely to be limited.
Many Americans Unprepared for the Cost of Health Care in Retirement
The rising cost of health care has been a political hot button issue for years, and Franklin Templeton’s 2019 “Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations (RISE)” survey revealed it remains a top concern today. Franklin Templeton Defined Contribution Head of Strategic Accounts Kevin Murphy and Michael Doshier, vice president, Retirement Marketing, offer some highlights from the survey and stress the importance of saving enough to meet future health care needs in retirement.
Is Your Portfolio Prepared for a Potential Wildfire?
In the decade since the global financial crisis, many investors have either actively steered—or ended up with—a large portion of their portfolios in investments tied to economic growth, namely stocks. However, as global growth begins to slow, Wylie Tollette, Head of Client Investment Solutions, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions, thinks it’s a good time for growth-focused investors to do a portfolio check-up.
Opportunities in the Next “Emerging” Emerging Market
Emerging markets offer a broad opportunity set for investors. However, many investors focus on the high-profile stories in Asia and Latin America, overlooking potential opportunities in other regions, as Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s David Haglund explains. He notes how Africa is often an overlooked part of the emerging-market story, and why recent investments from China reflect the growth potential for countries such as Kenya and Nigeria in particular.