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Dr. Michael Hasenstab: Three Things We Think the Market Misinterpreted

Jan 20, 2015

Featuring:  Dr. Michael Hasenstab, Franklin Templeton Executive Vice President, CIO, Global Bonds

  • The first thing we think the market has misinterpreted relates to the question: Is the fall in oil due to a decline in demand, or is it due to a change in supply? It is our assessment that due to political reasons, the price of oil is really a function of change in supply, particularly driven out of the Saudis and OPEC.
  • The second thing we think the market has misinterpreted has to do with the sequencing of effects of the fall in oil prices. We expect the effects of changing dynamics in the oil markets to have, over time, an aggregate positive impact on the U.S., as well as globally.
  • The third dynamic has to do with inflation related to the fall in oil prices. We think the market is getting lulled into a sense of comfort: Just because you’re seeing headline inflation numbers come down now, we don’t expect that to last.
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