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.
Responsible Investing in a Traditional Asset Class
In the municipal bond market, the issuance of green bonds has provided an attractive solution for investors interested in socially responsible investments while also receiving the tax-exempt income benefit municipal bonds offer. Franklin Templeton’s Municipal Bond team provides an overview of green bonds, including potential benefits and risk considerations.
“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus
Dislocations resulting from the pandemic shine a light on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, which can be used as an additional tool to identify leading companies from the laggards, according to Franklin Templeton’s Global Head of ESG, Julie Moret.
Fed Starts Buying Individual Corporate Bonds: An ETF Update
The US Federal Reserve (Fed) recently announced it would purchase individual corporate credit bonds. David Mann, our Head of Capital Markets, Global ETFs, makes a case for using smaller ETFs to accomplish that goal.
The New Emerging Market Landscape: The Single Commodity Focus Has Shifted
As emerging markets cope with the COVID-19 epidemic, Franklin Templeton’s Emerging Markets Equity team considers three new realities they see in the emerging markets today. This second post in a three-part series examines how emerging markets have diversified their economies.
Competing Priorities Impact Retirement Preparedness
Franklin Templeton’s 2020 US Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations survey revealed the importance of having a plan to help reduce financial-related stress—particularly relevant amid today’s uncertainties. Our Felix Touchard discusses some findings of the survey, and how respondents feel about their financial future.
Biotechnology Innovation During COVID-19
Innovation has always been a key driver for the biotechnology industry. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still significant progress in the discovery and development of innovative drugs.
If You Open It, They Will Come
After the shock of COVID-19, when will the global economy return to a sense of normalcy? Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO Sonal Desai examines some key economic activity indicators in the wake of the pandemic. She shares data on recent changes in US consumer behavior which seem to signal people are eager to go back to normal life.
EU Delivers Comprehensive Fiscal Rescue Package
The European Commission has unveiled a sweeping new €750 billion coronavirus fiscal rescue package, including the issuance of new bonds. David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, calls it groundbreaking.
Fed Support Helps Stabilize MBS Market
Like most asset classes, mortgage-backed securities (MBS) have seen heightened volatility over the past two months as the world copes with COVID-19 and investors look to reduce risk. The MBS market managed to stabilize amid help from the US Federal Reserve, which purchased these and other securities in a broad support program.
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.
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...
Getting Back to Normal
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how global consumers learn, shop, travel and work, as well as how they fulfill entertainment and health care needs. Franklin Equity Group’s John Remmert and Donald Huber share which trends they think are permanent and which are likely just a phase.
Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of financial market risks that fit within the realm of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors—namely disaster preparedness and health risks.
Building Credit-Ability: Additional Clarity on Fed ETF Buying
While there still isn’t complete clarity surrounding the Federal Reserve’s purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), it did recently release a bit more information. David Mann, our Head of Capital Markets, Global ETFs, attempts to solve the mystery of which ETFs the Fed might be buying—and when.
Dividend Growth: A Hallmark of Quality More than Ever
Some market observers have speculated many companies could cut dividends as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still opportunities for yield-seeking investors, says Franklin Equity Group’s Nick Getaz and Matt Quinlan.
How to Think about Truing up Asset Allocations in Times of Market Stress
Some investors use a set-it-and-forget-it approach to their portfolios, but there are times when the asset mix may need to be recalibrated to achieve one’s goals.
Don’t Forget About Your Other Retirement Plan
As headlines revolve around the impact of the coronavirus and the costs of government spending packages to keep the economy afloat, the state of Social Security is one thing we can find at least some assurance in, says Gail Buckner, our personal retirement and financial planning strategist.
Municipal Bond Perspective: Where We Go from Here
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolved during the first quarter, the municipal bond market experienced one of its most volatile periods in years. Here, the Franklin Municipal Bond Department shares how they plan to navigate the market, which they think is likely to show signs of distress and elevated volatility for some time.
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.
Promising COVID-19 Research Underway
Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover explains why he sees many signs of hope for a global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shares highlights from a conversation between Templeton Global Equity Group CEO Dr. Sandy Nairn and Professor Gerry Graham, a world expert in immunology.
The Fed and Fixed Income ETFs: The ETF Issuer Spread Widens Further
As the ravages of the coronavirus reverberated through the global economy in March and into April, the Federal Reserve announced a number of measures to help provide relief to financial markets—one being the purchase of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
K2 Advisors: Second Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook
The coronavirus pandemic has created a number of pricing dislocations within markets across the globe. In its second-quarter outlook, the K2 Advisors team takes a look at how hedge fund managers are navigating the current market environment and which strategies are finding opportunities from these dislocations.
The First (and Worst!) Quarter is Over: 9 Steps to Take Now
In the first quarter of 2020, stock markets across the globe experienced one of the worst quarters in the history of global financial markets. But maybe it’s time for investors to take a pause and do some strategic thinking...
Quick Thoughts: Focus on Consumers
Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover gives his take on what the continued business shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for US workers, particularly those who are not currently earning a paycheck. He also shares why oil prices could remain subdued for a bit longer, and why he thinks tech companies could come to the rescue of small business.
Taking a Long-Term View on Innovation
Franklin Equity Group’s Matt Moberg suggests looking beyond near-term market concerns and focusing on five technology-enabled themes that are likely to disrupt traditional business practices over the next decade.
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.
Which ETFs Will the Fed Buy?
The US Federal Reserve announced it would buy exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as part of a range of measures to help support the markets in the wake of the coronavirus. David Mann, Head of Capital Markets, Global ETFs, examines which ETFs it might actually buy, and when.
US Equities: Taking the Long View Through Today's Uncertainties
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.
Living on “COVID” Time
The coronavirus has forced a number of behavior changes throughout societies across the globe, including how we work, shop and interact with others. Our Head of Equities Stephen Dover discusses how COVID-19 has impacted investor decisions, too.
Navigating Emerging Markets During Uncertain Times: This Too Shall Pass
Even though economic activity in many countries has dramatically slowed or stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak, Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Andrew Ness still thinks there’s underlying long-term potential in emerging markets. He shares the specifics of what he’s on the lookout for as an investor in this highly uncertain period, which eventually will pass.
The Road to Premiums is Paved with Good Intentions: Perspective on the Fed and ETFs
The US Federal Reserve recently announced a number of measures to support the economy and markets amid the coronavirus crisis. One involves the purchase of fixed income exchange-traded funds (ETFs). David Mann, Head of Capital Markets, Global ETFs, shares his thoughts on the subject, and what he thinks is the best way to support the corporate bond market through these purchases
Biotech Progress in Addressing Coronavirus, but It Takes Time
With the coronavirus creating havoc across the globe, researchers are rushing to find better treatment options and a cure. Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, and Portfolio Manager Evan McCulloch outline a few of the efforts the medical and scientific communities are taking to combat the virus.
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.
US Equity Market Update on Recent Volatility: Three Reasons for Optimism
The impact of the coronavirus on the US economy still isn’t fully known yet, as the situation continues to evolve. However, Franklin Equity Group’s Grant Bowers sees at least three reasons to be optimistic about the long-term recovery.
Navigating the Muni Market in Today’s Environment
As coronavirus-related market volatility expands into municipal bonds, the Franklin Municipal Bond Department explains how they are navigating an increasingly challenging muni-market environment. They also share reasons why they believe a longstanding preference for high-quality municipal bonds supports their efforts to turn volatility into opportunity.
The Oil Price Plunge and Impact on Emerging Markets
Falling oil prices can be a double-edged sword in terms of economic impact: welcomed by consumers, but not by producers. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity’s Bassel Khatoun shares his thoughts on the impact of lower oil prices on emerging market economies and some considerations for investors
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.
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.