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Fed: One more month of tapering, funds rate stays low
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee voted to finish tapering their bond-buying program with a final $15 billion in purchases in October.
Outlook for timing of rate hike little changed from June
trueIn its latest summary of economic projections released Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee's outlook for the appropriate timing of raising the fed funds rate was little changed from June. Fourteen of 17 FOMC participants said the first increase in the federal funds target rate will occur ...
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
Yellen facing hard call on when labor market has healed
trueFederal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said she still isn't satisfied with the U.S. labor market. Deciding when she is won't be easy.
Rerisking without regret
trueWith new actuarial tables threatening lower funding status, pension investors should consider reversing the course of de-risking embedded in their glide paths and increasing their allocation to return-seeking assets.
FOMC continues tapering, low rates
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee voted Wednesday to continue tapering their bond-buying program, dropping to $25 billion in monthly purchases from $35 billion in June. Information received since the June meeting showed second-quarter growth in economic activity but continued ...
Cambridge urges longer duration for fixed-income portfolios
truePension funds that want to reduce risk in their portfolios should consider moving away from traditional core fixed-income strategies benchmarked to the Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond index, a paper from Cambridge Associates stated.
Headwinds remain despite progress, Yellen tells Senate panel
trueFederal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told a Senate committee Tuesday that “the economy is making progress, and eventually, if we continue, the day will come when I think it will be appropriate to raise the fed fund rates."
Fed likely to end bond-buying program after October meeting
trueThe Federal Open Market Committee's bond-buying program is likely to end after its October meeting, said minutes released Wednesday of the group's June meeting.
Dow Jones tops 17,000 as June payrolls rise amid ECB stimulus
trueThe Dow Jones industrial average on Thursday climbed above 17,000 for the first time as data showed employers added more workers than projected in June and the European Central Bank disclosed details of its stimulus plans.
Fed: Tapering continues, rates stay low as economy improves
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting Wednesday voted unanimously to continue tapering their bond-buying program, dropping to $35 billion in monthly purchases, down from $45 billion in April, citing “sufficient underlying strength” in the economy.
ECB's interest rate cut could put pressure on pension fund liabilities
trueThe European Central Bank’s decision to further cut interest rates in an effort to stave off deflation have been met with mixed reactions by money managers.
Executives split over possible pension risk transfer crunch
trueA growing number of large pension risk transfer deals in the U.K. and U.S., coupled with an anticipated influx of deals across both markets, have left industry executives split over the potential for a capacity crunch.
Fed to start considering options for raising rates
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee agreed in April to consider “a range of options” for tightening the stance on monetary policy, according to minutes released Wednesday.
Real Estate Investing
trueThree seasoned investment professionals debated the best approaches to real estate investment for institutional investors, provided insight into some of their best ideas for 2014 and beyond, and considered where new opportunities are developing.