Franklin Templeton Investments

2019 Top 400 ranking: 27

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US Municipals - Market in Focus: Shift in EU Investors Towards US Municipal Bonds

As of June 2017, 46% of outstanding government bonds in the Eurozone were yielding less than zero. In addition, the other major borrower, Japan, is also yielding negative. As per an estimate, USD10trn worth of outstanding corporate and government debt has its yields in the negative territory. Although this is less than the peak seen in September 2015 (USD14trn worth of debt was negative-yielding), the trend reversal does not seem secular as negative-yielding debt has risen since March ...

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