Industry Voices

  1. Did the Treasury undermine the Fed?

    trueA paper from Harvard scholars has the potential to influence Fed and Treasury policy. In particular, the Treasury might be urged to sell less long-term debt in favor of more short-term debt. Because this could reduce the supply of quality long-term assets available to match long-term liabilities, ...

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  2. Be aware of your assumptions

    trueSince 2009, investors and markets have been highly sensitive to risk — and markets have offered high risk premiums. As these risks have gradually diminished, all asset classes have benefited. Equities have risen, bonds have rallied and, generally speaking, long-only investors have benefited. ...

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  3. Glidepath evaluation: Moving past 'to vs. through'

    trueGiven the complexities associated with target-date funds' many moving parts, the growing number of distinct approaches and the need to look beyond the record keeper's proprietary offering, choosing the right suite of TDFs can be a daunting responsibility.

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  4. Taking a more proactive approach to socially responsible investing

    trueMany non-profit organizations with growing endowments and foundation investments pools can use SRI to make impactful contributions to their mission and work.

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  5. Creating a culture of retirement savers

    trueIt is clear that our country's savings culture — and the systems that support it — need a significant reboot.

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  6. High-frequency trading: Considerations and risks for pension funds

    truePotential negative effects of the subset of automated algorithm-based trading known as high-frequency trading have recently generated significant attention, including congressional hearings, regulatory investigations, lawsuits and widespread media coverage. A fiduciary to a pension fund should ...

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  7. Unearthing the gems in GEM

    trueOver the last 12 months since the advent of talk about U.S. tapering, global emerging markets equity feels like the asset class strategists have loved to hate. While some think there might be the occasional "dead cat bounce," the region remains, in the opinion of many, a dead cat.

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  8. Solutions to the pension crisis

    trueIf U.S. pensions funds were to mark-to-market assets and liabilities, they would have a deficit of about $4 trillion. If TARP I was a national emergency at $800 billion, what do you call this?

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  9. Arbageddon: One day, three deals, all spreads

    trueOn Aug. 6, the first broad-based merger spread widening occurred since the fall of 2011. The breakup of three announced deals that day widened spreads and provided a unique entry point to capture value through the anticipated convergence of these spreads.

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  10. Russia: Assessing the risks and opportunities

    trueRussia has been dominating global headlines in recent months and not for the reasons you'd like to see as an investor or potential investor.

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  11. Higher yields, without increased risk

    trueWith equity markets at a historical peak and interest rates still low, rebalancing a portfolio is a painful proposition. Rather than investing in traditional fixed income, however, institutional investors can allocate to private credit, which offers higher yields without added risk

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  12. Risk allocation must replace asset allocation

    trueThe investment industry has made great strides in using technology to modernize the investment process. The growth of exchange-traded funds is testimony to the desire to increase liquidity and transparency, and lower transaction and management costs. Transaction fees are ever shrinking. Information ...

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  13. Taking a wide-angle view of the outsourced CIO

    trueIt pays to hire an OCIO who understands the priorities and workings of the institution first and only then develops a custom investment strategy to fit.

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  14. Inflation protection — better to be safe, not sorry

    trueSometimes it takes a crisis to make us all realize that, yes, inflation can always be lurking just over the horizon.

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