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House passes bill to reform Federal Reserve; Obama vows to veto
trueThe House of Representatives took on the Federal Reserve on Thursday, passing legislation to reform the way the central bank handles monetary policy and rate-setting decisions.
Fed minutes indicate rate hike could come in December
trueMost members of the Federal Open Market Committee thought that the conditions for raising the federal funds rate “could well be met by the time of the next meeting” in December, according to minutes of the Oct. 27-28 meeting released Wednesday.
Fed mania misdirected on the control of the economy
trueInstitutional investors must wonder why the Federal Reserve Board doesn't have control over the levers of real economic growth. The market in some ways behaves as if it has.
Bank of England keeps rate low; liftoff could be pushed back to 2017
trueThe Bank of England was unexpectedly dovish regarding monetary policy Thursday, with the decision to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.5%, and hints that rates could remain at historically low levels until 2017.
Fed keeps rates low; 2015 liftoff still questionable
trueThe Federal Open Market Committee decided to keep the federal funds rate at zero to 0.25%, it announced Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting.
Fewer managers expect interest rate hike this year — BofA
trueMoney managers are increasingly skeptical of a 2015 U.S. interest rate hike, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest monthly fund manager survey found.
Fed minutes show members waiting for signs of inflation
trueThe Federal Open Market Committee's decision at its Sept. 16-17 meeting to keep federal interest rates at zero to 0.25% came as a result of concerns about global economic growth and overall financial market turbulence, said meeting minutes released Thursday.
Adapting to a changed fixed-income landscape
trueEver since the Federal Open Market Committee dropped the federal funds rate range to zero to 0.25% in 2008, investors have been waiting for rates to go up. Following the latest committee meeting Sept. 17, investors are still waiting.
Upending careers, portfolios
trueInterest rates pretty much have fallen steadily for 34 years, the working lives of most institutional investors, with only relatively brief periods of increases, creating a bullish market for bonds.
Canadian pension funding ratios plummet in third quarter
trueCanadian public and private defined benefit plans’ funded status took a one-two punch this quarter from equity and interest rate volatility, said two reports issued Monday.
Leveraged credit market outlook
trueAfter experiencing a tumultuous second half of 2014, high-yield bonds and leveraged loans rebounded with solid returns in early 2015 before continuing their bumpy trend toward the end of the first half.
When do you expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates?
trueNearly one-third of Pensions & Investments’ readers polled online in August thought the Federal Reserve would raise rates when the Federal Open Market Committee met last week.
Busy quarter expected for pension risk transfer
trueCorporate pension plan sponsors are continuing to shed liabilities through lump-sum offers and group annuity purchases from insurers, leading some consultants to predict an eventful fourth quarter.
Fed keeps rates at same level
trueFederal interest rates will stay the same for now at zero to 0.25%, the Federal Open Market Committee announced Thursday, with several members predicting the first hike will not come until 2016.
Size will matter in a rising rate climate
trueBack in the Cretaceous Period, the heyday of the dinosaurs was well underway. These huge creatures ruled their world and surely expected to continue to do so for a long time. Bigger was truly better. Then, largely out of the blue, they were wiped out, perhaps as a result of a large meteor hitting ...