Opinion

  1. It's time for leadership

    trueThe time has come for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to exhibit leadership.

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  1. Chicago: A model city for bridging the financial education gap

    trueIn Chicago, we are doubling down on bridging the financial education gap from the classroom to the kitchen table.

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  2. Insurers' alternative imperative

    trueAlternative investments appear in many respects to constitute, for lack of a better term, the most plausible alternative for insurance portfolios today.

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  3. Global hunt for offshore tax cheats

    trueToday, many financial institution executives and foreign governments might soon start feeling much the same way about the rising tide of FATCA — the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act — which is finally reaching their shores after its initial enactment in 2010.

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  4. Fulfilling a valuable purpose

    truePension funds should stop trying to save the world and reaffirm their focus on securing retirement benefits for millions of participants.

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  5. Why European equity markets deserve a second look

    trueEuropean growth is low by any standards. We expect 1.2% from the eurozone this year, in line with the latest International Monetary Fund forecast, while the fund is looking for 2.4% from the advanced economies as a whole and 3.6% from the U.S.

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  6. Feeling the pressure to raise the bar on multiasset-class portfolio risk analysis

    trueThere are hundreds of companies offering risk-related services to the financial services community. Yet it is not clear that any of them are effectively addressing one of the most pressing needs facing the industry today: how to accurately measure investment risk in a multiasset-class portfolio.

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  7. The big structural upside in Japanese equities

    trueThere is reason to believe that Japan is on the precipice of reordering its domestic savings structure as soon as this year, with potentially significant implications for its equity markets.

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  8. Beneath the ugly face of second half 2014 lies the beauty of opportunity in 2015

    trueIn our view, the coming year will resemble more the volatility of the second half of 2014 than the prolonged, virtually uni-directional (i.e., up!) market that leveraged credit investors have enjoyed over the past several years.

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  9. Credit's true role in asset allocation and portfolio construction

    trueCredit markets have reached a critical mass in the U.S., with $14 trillion of assets now outstanding compared to the $18.8 trillion in total capitalization of U.S. public equity markets.

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  10. A judge's call for 401(k)s

    trueThe federal judge who oversaw the Detroit bankruptcy case, Steven W. Rhodes, has offered a blunt assessment of the future of public retirement systems, calling for officials to consider moving to defined contribution plans.

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  11. Tail hedging review

    trueSince the start of 2014, we have witnessed increasing interest in tail hedging with large global institutions looking to develop tail hedge mandates. Recent bouts of turbulence since October 2014 have intensified that interest, especially since volatility levels have continued to fluctuate rapidly, ...

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  12. In defense of stock buybacks

    trueThere's a specter haunting the financial landscape. Or at least you might think so, judging from the mainstream financial press. The threat du jour is share buybacks, if you can believe that.

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  13. The rise of the multimanaged fund

    trueAs the pension landscape evolves, the question of optimizing returns from investments becomes ever more crucial.

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