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Corporate pension funds weigh derisking vs. re-risking
trueCorporate plan sponsors on both sides of the Atlantic are pushing back against the ramifications of lower interest rates, tipping a balance to re-risking from a derisking glidepath, say money managers, consultants and strategists.
Fed minutes show patient approach to raising funds rate
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee discussed the trade-offs in raising the federal funds rate or delaying action longer at their meeting in January, according to minutes released Wednesday.
BofA: Managers grow more positive on Europe following ECB actions
trueMoney managers' outlook on Europe improved in February on the back of the European Central Bank's announcement that it would launch a program of quantitative easing, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch's monthly fund manager survey.
Canadian rate cut to affect corporate pension funding
trueThe Bank of Canada's cut in its overnight lending rate is yet another blow to Canadian corporate pension plans already struggling with mark-to-market accounting rules and investments hurt by the country's sagging economy.
Federal funds rate likely to stay low 'for some time'
trueThe Federal Open Market Committee repeated Wednesday that “it can be patient in beginning to normalize” monetary policy, but members declined to predict when they might be ready to raise the federal funds rate from the current zero to 0.25% target range, said a statement at the end of a two-day ...
Managers surprised by scope of ECB's bond-buying program
trueThe European Central Bank announced it will begin €60 billion ($69.4 billion) of public and private debt purchases per month as part of a quantitative easing strategy, in what money managers said was a surprise move in terms of size and one that is expected to further weaken the euro and spark ...
Canada cuts key rate as oil shock clobbers inflation outlook
trueThe Bank of Canada became the first central bank in the Group of Seven to cut interest rates in response to plummeting oil prices, saying the shock will weigh on everything from inflation to business spending.
BofA: Managers remain optimistic on growth despite growing concerns
trueMoney managers are reducing their cash holdings despite concerns over corporate profits and inflation, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s monthly fund manager survey.
Did the Treasury undermine the Fed?
trueA paper from Harvard scholars has the potential to influence Fed and Treasury policy. In particular, the Treasury might be urged to sell less long-term debt in favor of more short-term debt. Because this could reduce the supply of quality long-term assets available to match long-term liabilities, ...
9 New Year's resolutions for investors
trueHirtle Callaghan's CEO finds analogies between the current momentum-driven market with the dot-com market of 2000 and offers nine investment resolutions for the year.
2014 in review
trueA look at selected capital markets worldwide.
Be aware of your assumptions
trueSince 2009, investors and markets have been highly sensitive to risk — and markets have offered high risk premiums. As these risks have gradually diminished, all asset classes have benefited. Equities have risen, bonds have rallied and, generally speaking, long-only investors have benefited. ...
Fed unlikely to hike interest rates before April, minutes show
trueMost Federal Reserve officials agreed their new policy guidance means they are unlikely to raise interest rates before late April, and a number of them expressed concern that inflation could remain too low, minutes of their December meeting showed.
New concerns arise for asset owners, but an old one never left
trueAsset owners will have some relatively new worries in 2015 — geopolitical risk, oil-price declines and the impact of changes in mortality tables on funding — but there’s also a familiar concern revolving around interest rates.
Monetary policy divergence becoming unusually explicit
trueMonetary policy divergence — and the opportunities and downfalls it presents — is set to take center stage in conversations among global money managers in 2015, with expectations that divergence will accelerate.