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Mercer: Buyout vs. economic cost of pension funds at smallest margin in 2013
trueThe cost of purchasing annuities from an insurer decreased to 108.3% of the value of transferred liabilities in October from 108.9% the previous month, according to Mercer’s U.S. Pension Buyout Index.
Fed shouldn't tie tapering of quantitative easing to unemployment rates, BlackRock exec says
trueThe Federal Reserve's large-scale asset purchases are not the solution to lowering unemployment and will have a limited impact in the future, said Rick Rieder, managing director, chief investment officer of fundamental fixed-income portfolios at BlackRock Inc.
Fed doesn't change interest rates, quantitative easing
trueDespite seeing signs of “growing underlying strength” and diminished downside risk in the economy, members of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday decided to make no changes to their $85 billion-per-month bond purchase program, and to keep a low federal funds rate of ...
Pension buyouts expected to surge — but not yet
truePension buyouts have been in a lull so far in 2013, but insurers and consultants expect a rush by corporate defined benefit plans in the next several years.
Federal Reserve members punt on tapering
trueDefying market expectations, members of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday decided to stand pat with their $85 billion-per-month agency debt and mortgage-backed securities purchase program and to keep a low federal funds rate of zero to 0.25%, until they see more ...
Rising rates shouldn't trump diversified approach
trueA rise in interest rates has resulted in an average quarterly loss of 0.1% in the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate bond index, but the impact on equities and other assets classes was positive, according to a Wilshire Associates Inc. analysis released Aug. 15.
Risk parity in a rising-rates regime
trueRising interest rates are causing anxiety about risk-parity strategies that may carry leveraged bond positions.
Federal Reserve stands pat on easing until September
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday painted a slightly more positive economic picture since their June gathering but made no change to their $85 billion monthly asset purchase program.
Money managers to sell corporate debt
trueMoney managers like Janus and Invesco are looking to take advantage of favorable rates by selling corporate bonds.
Investment managers eyeing Fed as No. 1 risk
trueA possible change in the U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy displaced the European debt crisis as the greatest risk to equity markets over the next six months, according to Northern Trust's quarterly investment manager survey.
Federal Reserve minutes: Possible rate rise 'subject to considerable uncertainty'
trueThe Federal Reserve “should provide additional clarity about its asset purchase program relatively soon,” according to minutes of the June Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Wednesday.
FOMC members signal possible rate hike
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington signaled a greater willingness to consider raising the federal funds rate, based on their assessment of appropriate rate targets released Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting.
Rate spike could skewer stocks, too
trueStock investors may have as much to worry about as bondholders when it comes to rising interest rates.
Casey Quirk: U.S. investors will dump $1 trillion of bonds in next few years
trueU.S. investors will pull an estimated $1 trillion — or 13.5% of U.S. assets professionally managed in fixed income — out of core, core-plus, government and fixed-income index funds over the next three to five years because of fears over rising interest rates, according to Casey, Quirk & Associates.
$9 trillion market not many institutions know about
truePending Basel III regulations could move trade finance and its $9 trillion market into the sights of institutional investors.