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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.
Institutional money continues pouring into equity markets
trueWith the bond bull market coming to an end, equities have been seeing growing net inflows from institutional investors, despite stock markets' recent declines.
Fed members view 2015 as appropriate time to raise rates
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee consider further tapering of their bond-buying program “likely,” according to minutes of the March meeting released Wednesday.
Outlook for Treasury inflation-protected securities
trueWhile this might seem like a non-intuitive point, after exploring the mechanics of TIPS, it should become clear that the asset class may experience headwinds.
Fed governor Stein resigns
trueFederal Reserve Gov. Jeremy Stein on Thursday announced his resignation from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Money managers comment on Fed meeting
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee signaled a shift away from using quantitative thresholds like unemployment rates in deciding whether to change the federal funds rate, according to documents released Wednesday at the conclusion of the two-day March meeting of the committee.
Pension funds should derisk now
trueThe improvement of the funded status of corporate defined benefit plans offers plan sponsors and plan advisers a real opportunity to quantify and downsize risk.