Shocks to Macroeconomic Factors

At Franklin Templeton, we believe that exploring the proverbial “what if” as it relates to client portfolios is an objective worth pursuing. We seek to challenge commonly held views by providing a differentiated perspective and approach to asset allocation. 

Shocks to Macroeconomic Factors is a reflection of our ongoing conversations with asset owners and their consultants. It is through this dialogue that we explore the implications of unexpected changes, or “shocks”, and make them a fundamental part of our discussions.



"What If...?" Shocks to Global Growth

The perils of “lazy portfolios” and the potential utility of “defensible space.”


"What if...?" Shocks to Regulation

Why winter or spring may be on the horizon, and why it might be time to buy some snow shoes or sunscreen.


"What if...?" Shocks to Inflation

Why it’s like a ninja (and a bit like cholesterol).


"What if...?" Shocks to Interest Rates

Hear about inflection points and harken back to the good old days of the 1950s and ‘60s.


"What If... " Shocks to Geopolitics

Hear about home country bias as a “shock absorber” and the risk of “expropriation”.


"What If..." Shocks to DC Regulations

Why regulations operate “like a light switch”.


"What If..." Shocks to Demographics

Why it’s time to master the “known unknowns” and to “do the math but guess the consequences.


Our investment specialists frequently speak with CIOs and key decision-makers about “what if…” asset allocation decisions. Experience has taught us that the most beneficial discussions come from exploring the implications of what might happen―not guessing the future―and being prepared for those risks. These conversations with investors inside and outside the walls of Franklin Templeton help spark our thinking.


Wylie Tollette, CFA, CPA

  • Executive Vice President
  • Head of Client Investment Solutions

Gene Podkaminer, CFA

  • Senior Vice President
  • Head of Multi-Asset Research Strategies

Drew Carrington, CFA, CAIA

  • Head of Institutional Defined Contribution

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We invite you to stay connected as we extend the conversation to include additional macroeconomic shocks — including geopolitics and aging and demographics.

Contact us to talk about any of these ideas or if you wish to meet with any of our investment experts.