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medirectalk featuring Leo Niers and Elsa Goldburg – Franklin Templeton

On Thursday 26th March 2020, MeDirect held its third edition of medirectalk, however this was the first medirectalk of its kind to be held online, given the current situation and the necessary social distancing requirements. Past events were held in a typical seminar set-up, with investors and members of the public attending the event, whilst the proceedings were broadcast on Facebook live. medirectalk is a series of seminars featuring several financial experts and asset managers on market and investment updates. This edition featured Bill Francis, Leo Niers and Elsa Goldburg from the leading fund house, Franklin Templeton.

Franklin Templeton is a global investment firm that was founded in New York City in 1947 and is currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange. On the 18th of February 2020 Franklin Templeton announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Legg Mason, Inc. This acquisition will establish Franklin Templeton as one of the world’s largest independent, specialized global investment managers with a combined $1.5 trillion in assets under management. Their aim is to deliver long term performance to help investors meet their goals. Franklin Templeton offers a wide variety of global funds and portfolios. The funds which MeDirect offer can be found here.

The event began with an introduction by Ingrid Micallef, Senior Manager – Wealth Products at MeDirect, who highlighted the agenda and the speakers’ background.

The guest speakers discussed the coronavirus’ effects on the financial markets and the current volatility we are experiencing. Leo Niers went on to discuss the current shocks in the investments world with a historic perspective. He also spoke about the role emotions play in affecting decision-making abilities in the world of investments as well as outlining various strategies to better cope with market volatility. Furthermore, Elsa Goldberg gave a global macro overview of the current economic, political and financial market conditions. She focused on the growing global risks and the intensification of worldwide uncertainty over the past decades also outlining investment strategies that could be adopted in times of crisis.

During the event, participants interacted with the two speakers and asked questions by using the chat facility on the online platform.

“MeDirect has always been at the forefront of providing investors with market information from high-quality and calibre speakers through its medirectalk events, as well as via its daily updates available on MeDirect’s website and social media platforms,” said Nicol La Ciura, Group Head of Wealth Products at MeDirect.

You can watch the third edition of medirectalk featuring Leo Niers and Elsa Goldburg here.


The information given during this seminar is being provided by Franklin Templeton. The information contained in this talk is for general information purposes only and is neither intended to provide legal or other professional advice nor does it commit MeDirect Bank (Malta) plc to any obligation whatsoever. The information available during the seminar is not intended to be a suggestion, recommendation or solicitation to buy, hold or sell, any securities and is not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness. The financial instruments discussed may not be suitable for all investors and investors must make their own informed decisions and seek their own advice regarding the appropriateness of investing in financial instruments or implementing strategies discussed herein.

The financial instruments discussed in this seminar may not be suitable for all investors and investors must make their own informed decisions and seek their own advice regarding the appropriateness of investing in financial instruments or implementing strategies discussed herein.

If you invest in any of the products discussed you may lose some or all of the money you invest. The value of your investment may go down as well as up. A commission or sales fee may be charged at the time of the initial purchase for an investment and may be deducted from the invested amount therefore lowering the size of your investment. Any income you get from this investment may go down as well as up. This product may be affected by changes in currency exchange rate movements thereby affecting your investment return therefrom. The performance figures quoted refer to the past and past performance is not a guarantee of future performance or a reliable guide to future performance. Any decision to invest in a mutual fund should always be based upon the details contained in the Prospectus and Key Investor Information Document (KIID), which may be obtained from MeDirect Bank (Malta) plc.

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