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Lipper Alpha Insight - Fund Manager Chat

Dec 11, 2018

In this #FundManagerChat podcast, David Zahn, Head of European Fixed Income at Franklin Templeton Investments, and manager of the Franklin U.K. Gilt Fund, puts forward the case for U.K. gilts.

David outlines the opportunities an increasingly volatile environment is revealing for active gilt fund managers. He also looks at some of the key issues that are likely to affect the market as we move into 2019. These include quantitative tightening, global interest rate differentials and more locally, the potential impact of Brexit-related issues.

Running Order

Run Time Topic
00:22 Why are you keen on U.K. gilts? Why should investors be?
01:40 Why is active fund management important for this asset class?
02:50 Is short-duration the only game in town?
04:00 On geopolitical issues: How might a Corbyn-Labour government affect gilts?
05:15 What could be the impact of a increasing interest rate environment and quantitative tightening?
07:05 What should investors consider in an increasing volatility environment?
08:40 What are some of the tail winds for U.K. gilts that investors may not have considered?

David is chatting with Jake Moeller, Head of Lipper UK and Ireland Research, in London on December 3, 2018.

About David Zahn 

David Zahn is Head of European Fixed Income and Senior Vice President within Franklin Templeton's Fixed Income Group. Mr. Zahn leads the management of European fixed income strategies and is a member of the Fixed Income Policy Committee. He is also a portfolio manager for a number of Global Aggregate and Global Government fixed income portfolios including the Franklin UK Gilt Fund.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 2006, Mr. Zahn was a senior portfolio manager at Citigroup Asset Management.

Mr. Zahn holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maine and an M.B.A in finance from the University of Connecticut. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and is a qualified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).


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