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What will it take to revive the bull market?
trueIn the past few days, I’m being asked more frequently: “What will it take to revive the bull market?” Monday’s decline was the fifth consecutive daily drop. The S&P 500 may very well retest its Aug. 25 correction low, which was 12.4% below the record high on May 21. The recent low nearly matched ...
Commodities continue to slide
trueThe Bloomberg Commodity index is currently at levels not seen since 1999.
Vermont investment committee looking for potential new commodities manager
trueVermont Pension Investment Committee, Montpelier, is conducting an invitation-only search for a manager to run a $112 million commodities portfolio for the $3.9 billion Vermont State Retirement Systems.
Timberland returns cut down in second quarter
trueThe NCREIF Timberland index returned 0.51% in the second quarter, its lowest quarterly return since the first quarter of 2012. It was also the lowest second-quarter return since 2002.
Farmland posts lowest quarterly return since 2010
trueThe NCREIF Farmland index returned 1.16% in the second quarter, composed of 0.53% appreciation and 0.64% income return. It is the lowest quarterly return since the third quarter of 2010 when the index returned 1.03%.
UTIMCO could move its bullion to Texas
trueUniversity of Texas System, Austin, might be able to store the $662 million worth of gold bars owned by its endowment funds much closer to home.
Illinois State Universities looking for active commodities managers
trueIllinois State Universities Retirement System issued an RFP in a search for active commodities managers to manage a total of $350 million, the system's first such move into the asset class.
Illinois SURS approves search for first commodities managers
trueIllinois State Universities Retirement System trustees Thursday approved issuing an RFP for active commodities managers to run a total of $350 million, its first such move in the asset class.
Denmark's ATP returns 6% in first quarter on Danish equity gains
trueATP, Hilleroed, Denmark, returned 6% in the first quarter of 2015, boosted by record returns on Danish equities, the pension fund announced Thursday.
Farmland returns 2.08% in Q1
trueThe NCREIF Farmland index returned 2.08% in the first quarter -- its lowest first-quarter return since 2010, when the index gained 1.11%.
Is the dollar peaking?
trueOn balance, there still looks to be more stagnation around the world than either a boom or a bust. So how can we explain the remarkable rebound in oil prices in recent weeks? The nearby futures price of a barrel of Brent crude has risen to $63.45 on Friday from its recent low of $45.59 on Jan. 13.
Orange County puts $90 million into Galena Metals Fund
trueOrange County Employees Retirement System, Santa Ana, Calif., invested $90 million in Galena Metals Fund, managed by Galena Asset Management, subject to completion of on-site due diligence, contract reviews and negotiation of terms.
Wider implications of oil prices
trueWith the rapid decline and ongoing volatility in oil prices, investors will already have a sense of how the parts of their portfolios directly exposed to energy have responded, but it is also important to consider the broader investment repercussions for parts of the portfolio that are indirectly ...
Dollar surge likely to reverse when oil bottoms
trueLast year, I focused on several cross-market correlations, which worked very well. The price of a barrel of Brent crude oil has been highly correlated with the inverse of the trade-weighted dollar in recent years, and especially last year. Now that the price of oil may be stabilizing around $50, ...
Timberland posts highest annual return since 2007
trueThe NCREIF Timberland index returned 10.48% in 2014 -- its highest return since 2007. Last year's return consisted of 7.46% price appreciation and 2.86% income return.