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NISA: Funded status volatility falls in February after January spike
trueAfter rising to its highest level in four months in January, NISA Investment Advisors' Pension Surplus Risk index fell 50 basis points in February to 9.8%.
Texas County & District tacks on $130 million total to 2 funds
trueTexas County & District Retirement System, Austin, made a follow-on commitment of $100 million to York Global Credit Income Fund, confirmed spokesman Russ Rhea.
Milliman: Corporate pension plan funding rises to 91.8% in February
trueThe funding ratio of 100 of the largest U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plans rose to 91.8% at the end of February, according to the latest Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index.
Mercer: FTSE 350 companies' aggregate funding ratio improves a bit
trueThe aggregate defined benefit pension plan funding ratio improved slightly for companies in the FTSE 350 to 85% in February, from 84.4% the previous month, due to strong stock market returns, even though those returns were slightly offset by an increase in liabilities, according to Mercer's ...
eVestment: Ukraine crisis has limited impact on emerging markets fixed-income investors
trueThe crisis in Ukraine will likely not make a large impact on asset owners investing in emerging markets fixed income, according to data from eVestment.
Alternative strategies for investors to position their portfolios in a rising rates environment
trueFixed-income markets might be experiencing the calm before the storm. Rather than allowing complacency to creep in, following the normalization of markets after the significant sell-off in the second quarter of 2013, thoughtful investors should at least be thinking of how best to protect themselves ...
Upping the ante on implementation of derisking process
trueMany ERISA pension plans are now implementing specific formulas called “glidepaths” to automatically shift funds to fixed income from growth assets as the plan's funded status increases. The goal, of course, is to reduce funded status risk — i.e., to decrease the chance plan sponsors will face ...
2013 will not be going down in history as a volatile year
trueU.S. market volatility was down in 2013 and remained extremely stable throughout the year, according to data from Investment Technology Group Inc. U.S. market volatility was down in 2013 and remained extremely stable throughout the year, according to data from Investment Technology Group Inc.
Emerging markets reward discipline, demand action
trueHere we are again. Poor recent performance from emerging markets equities, and the entire asset class is under review. We heard the negativity in early 2009, just prior to that year's 78% jump. We heard it at the end of 2011, just before 2012 saw emerging markets outpace the developed world en ...
A case for high yield in a rising rate environment
trueLast year, the fixed-income markets saw considerable volatility as participants debated whether quantitative easing was about to end — this was answered in December as the Fed began its tapering program. At the time of writing, U.S. growth dynamics remain favorable and with greater visibility on ...
Louisiana Municipal Police calls on 2 for emerging markets equity
trueLouisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System, Baton Rouge, hired Acadian Asset Management and Dimensional Fund Advisors to run a total of $138 million in active emerging markets equities.
Emerging markets are cheap for a reason
trueSo are emerging markets likely to underperform or outperform this year? Consider the following:
Austin Police signs Lee Munder Capital for emerging markets equity
trueAustin (Texas) Police Retirement System hired Lee Munder Capital Group to run $15 million in active emerging markets equity.
Fed minutes signal possible changes
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee in January discussed further tapering of their bond-buying program and possible changes in monetary policy, according to minutes of the January meeting released Wednesday.
St. Louis schools' investment committee backs OFI for emerging markets equity
trueSt. Louis Public School Retirement System's investment committee has recommended hiring OFI Global Asset Management to run about $22 million in active emerging markets equities.