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$9 trillion market not many institutions know about
Pending Basel III regulations could move trade finance and its $9 trillion market into the sights of institutional investors.
Corporate plans' funded status down in April, Milliman finds
Funded status of 100 largest U.S. corporate pension plans fell in April to 81.2% from 82.8% at the end of March, according to the latest Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index.
Hedge funds see opportunities in credit investments
The sensitivity of mortgage and other credit investments to an anticipated rise in interest rates can be mitigated, a credit hedge fund manager told attendees at the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday.
Fed likely to continue quantitative easing program
The Federal Reserve is likely to continue or even expand its self-described “highly accommodative” monetary policy for some time, according to a statement issued Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.
As markets and bond yields rise, more DB plans eye LDI
2013 could be the year that more U.S. corporate defined benefit plans kick in their liability-driven investing strategies if equity markets and bond yields continue to improve, according to an analysis of pension data by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Fed's policy jeopardizes achievement of its goals and risks upending markets
Since the global financial crisis, central banks around the world have been forced to take dramatic and unprecedented actions to stabilize markets and shore up faltering economies. As a result, a high degree of global monetary policy accommodation has been part of our economic landscape for years,
Currency volatility can be antidote for interest rate risk
Worldwide, investors in fixed-income portfolios share a common concern — the risk of rising interest rates as global economies recover and central banks tighten monetary policy.
Is Jeffrey Gundlach a leading indicator?
Jeffrey Gundlach is best known as one of the best bond fund managers on the planet, but he also has a remarkable knack for predicting where markets are headed. His latest prognostication, however, should trouble investors.
Some investors seeking cover in cash as safe havens get harder to find
Core sovereign bonds, already at historically low yields, are becoming more volatile, pushing some institutional investors to seek additional cover.
Fed stays put on federal funds rate and purchases
The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee voted Wednesday to keep the federal funds rate at zero to 0.25% until the unemployment rate improves, and to continue monthly purchases of $85 billion in mortgage-backed and longer-term Treasury securities.
Towers Watson: Rising optimism on equities, tempered by global growth
Money managers are more optimistic about potential equity returns this year, but that optimism is guarded with negative views on world growth and medium-term government bonds, according to a survey of managers by Towers Watson.
Fed stays put on rates, bond buys
Gradual economic growth and little progress in the unemployment rate convinced members of the Federal Open Market Committee to continue with monthly Treasury purchases of $85 billion and to keep the federal fund rate at zero to 0.25%, according to a statement from the first two-day meeting of 2013.
Treasury yields fall from nine-month highs as economy contracts
Treasury 10-year yields fell from the highest level in nine months after a government report showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter.
Money market inflows poised to rebound
After years of waiving fees on money market funds and only recently dodging proposals abandoned by the SEC in August that would have required funds to adopt a floating net asset value or establish a capital buffer, money fund managers once again see their industry at a watershed.
Monetary policy drives bond market asymmetry
The Fed's action since 2008 is profoundly distorting U.S. fixed income markets.