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  1. Managers surprised by scope of ECB's bond-buying program

    trueThe European Central Bank announced it will begin €60 billion ($69.4 billion) of public and private debt purchases per month as part of a quantitative easing strategy, in what money managers said was a surprise move in terms of size and one that is expected to further weaken the euro and spark ...

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  1. BofA: Managers remain optimistic on growth despite growing concerns

    trueMoney managers are reducing their cash holdings despite concerns over corporate profits and inflation, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s monthly fund manager survey.

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  2. 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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  3. 9 New Year's resolutions for investors

    trueHirtle Callaghan's CEO finds analogies between the current momentum-driven market with the dot-com market of 2000 and offers nine investment resolutions for the year.

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  4. 2014 in review

    trueA look at selected capital markets worldwide.

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  5. 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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  6. Fed unlikely to hike interest rates before April, minutes show

    trueMost Federal Reserve officials agreed their new policy guidance means they are unlikely to raise interest rates before late April, and a number of them expressed concern that inflation could remain too low, minutes of their December meeting showed.

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  7. Alpha opportunities seen from continuing volatility

    trueHedge fund managers are confident that 2015 will — at last — bring the levels of volatility and dispersion they need to outperform equity markets and re-establish their reputation as alpha generators.

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  8. New concerns arise for asset owners, but an old one never left

    trueAsset owners will have some relatively new worries in 2015 — geopolitical risk, oil-price declines and the impact of changes in mortality tables on funding — but there’s also a familiar concern revolving around interest rates.

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  9. Monetary policy divergence becoming unusually explicit

    trueMonetary policy divergence — and the opportunities and downfalls it presents — is set to take center stage in conversations among global money managers in 2015, with expectations that divergence will accelerate.

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  10. Fed will be 'patient' in raising rates

    trueFederal Open Market Committee members announced Wednesday they “can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy,” said a statement at the end of a two-day meeting.

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  11. Managers shifting to new reality of fixed income

    trueThe fixed-income trading desks of larger money managers are setting prices of trades instead of discovering them while applying the electronic trading skills of their equity brethren to adapt to the changing nature of the secondary bond markets at a time of lower liquidity.

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  12. Fed minutes show caution over foreign markets

    trueSome members of the Federal Open Market Committee remain concerned about slower-than-expected economic growth in the coming months if foreign economies continue to struggle, said minutes from their late Oct. 28-29 meeting released Wednesday.

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  13. Bank of Japan expands QE program in surprise move

    trueBank of Japan announced an expansion of its quantitative and qualitative easing program, shocking the currency markets and bolstering stocks.

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