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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 ...
Take the money and run?
trueThe continuing rise in PBGC premiums and the eventual incorporation of new mortality tables into lump-sum calculation regulations in 2017 make these offers attractive for 2015 and likely 2016.
China cuts interest rates to stem stock market rout
trueChina fell back on its major levers to stem the biggest stock market rout since 1996 and a deepening slowdown, cutting interest rates for the fifth time since November and lowering the amount of cash banks must set aside.
Fed sees progress in meeting economic conditions to raise rates
trueThe Federal Open Market Committee's decision to keep the federal funds rate at zero to 0.25% at its July 28-29 meeting was based on its view that despite further progress, economic conditions warranting an increase in the target range had not yet been met, said meeting minutes released Wednesday.
BofA: Managers lose confidence in emerging markets; China recession largest tail risk
trueMoney managers’ outlook on the global economy is weakening amid continued concerns over a Chinese recession, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s monthly fund manager survey.
High-return era ends for many big public pension funds
trueLarge public defined benefit pension plans in the U.S. saw only small investment gains during the year ended June 30, snapping a two-year streak of double-digit returns.
Milliman: Corporate funded status falls on first discount rate drop since March
trueThe funded status of the 100 largest U.S. corporate defined benefit plans fell 70 basis points to 84.8% at the end of July, the Milliman 100 Pension Funding index showed Thursday.