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  1. Fed still assessing progress, sticks with low federal fund rates

    trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee reaffirmed their view Wednesday that the current zero to 0.25% target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate.

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  1. Corporate pension funding ratios fall in 1st quarter, reports say

    trueFunding ratios of U.S. corporate defined benefit plans fell further in the first quarter of 2015, three new reports state, as liabilities rose faster than assets.

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  2. Monetary policy: It's all relative

    trueWe have each separately made the case that asset pricing theory and investment practice for funding retirement should focus on how much income the member has in retirement instead of the amount of wealth at retirement. This applies whether the pension benefit is generated by a defined benefit plan ...

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  3. IACPM: Credit default concerns increase in North America, improve in Europe

    trueCredit portfolio managers are growing more optimistic about the credit outlook in Europe, while growing more pessimistic about the outlook in North America

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  4. Big money sells in bond market as PIMCO cuts government holdings

    truePIMCO is selling in the U.S. government debt market, while Morgan Stanley says yields will rise.

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  5. Corporate funding ratios dip in first quarter — 2 reports

    trueThe aggregate funded status of S&P 500 companies with defined benefit plans fell 120 basis points to 82% in the first quarter as liability growth outpaced assets, Aon Hewitt said.

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  6. 'Somewhat' moderated growth led to FOMC decision, minutes show

    trueThe Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to reaffirm the zero to 0.25% target range for the federal funds rate at its March meeting was based on “somewhat” moderated economic growth since January, according to meeting minutes released Wednesday.

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  7. Mercer: S&P 1500 DB funded status holds steady in March

    trueThe aggregate funded status of defined benefit plans sponsored by S&P 1500 companies remained at 80% as of March 31, a Mercer report said.

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  8. POLL: Why will the Fed ultimately raise interest rates?

     

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  9. 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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  10. Fed reaffirms low federal fund rates, but drops 'patient' in approach

    trueThe Federal Open Market Committee is reaffirming the current zero to 0.25% target range for the federal funds rate, said a statement Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting.

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  11. Corporate pension funds weigh derisking vs. re-risking

    trueCorporate plan sponsors on both sides of the Atlantic are pushing back against the ramifications of lower interest rates, tipping a balance to re-risking from a derisking glidepath, say money managers, consultants and strategists.

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  12. Fed minutes show patient approach to raising funds rate

    trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee discussed the trade-offs in raising the federal funds rate or delaying action longer at their meeting in January, according to minutes released Wednesday.

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  13. BofA: Managers grow more positive on Europe following ECB actions

    trueMoney managers' outlook on Europe improved in February on the back of the European Central Bank's announcement that it would launch a program of quantitative easing, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch's monthly fund manager survey.

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