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  1. Fed minutes show caution over foreign markets

    trueSome members of the Federal Open Market Committee remain concerned about slower-than-expected economic growth in the coming months if foreign economies continue to struggle, said minutes from their late Oct. 28-29 meeting released Wednesday.

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  1. Fed stops bond buying, stays with federal funds rate near zero

    trueThe Federal Open Market Committee’s bond-buying program will end this week, members announced Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting, citing “substantial improvement” in the labor market outlook and underlying strength in the broader economy.

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  2. Money managers tame their expectations on the economy, survey shows

    trueMore money managers are adopting a moderate outlook on U.S. economic growth, a quarterly survey by Northern Trust shows.

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  3. GARP managers hold firm on EAFE portfolios despite losses

    trueSome global growth-at-a-reasonable price money managers are coping with client losses stemming from underperforming Europe, Australasia and Far East strategies.

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  4. Fed sees pickup in economic growth

    trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee expect faster economic growth in the second half of 2014 and in 2015 under current monetary policy, according to minutes from the September meeting that were released Wednesday.

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  5. Appetite for yield is driving demand for real estate, say panelists

    trueThe hunt for yield is driving global investors' interest in adding real estate to their portfolios and creating selling opportunities for holders of core property portfolios, said speakers at the Pension Real Estate Association's 24th Annual Institutional Investor Real Estate Conference at the ...

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  6. Draghi says ECB will purchase assets for at least two years

    trueThe European Central Bank will buy assets for at least two years to boost inflation and economic growth in the eurozone.

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  7. Fed: One more month of tapering, funds rate stays low

    trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee voted to finish tapering their bond-buying program with a final $15 billion in purchases in October.

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  8. Outlook for timing of rate hike little changed from June

    trueIn its latest summary of economic projections released Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee's outlook for the appropriate timing of raising the fed funds rate was little changed from June. Fourteen of 17 FOMC participants said the first increase in the federal funds target rate will occur ...

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  9. Higher yields, without increased risk

    trueWith equity markets at a historical peak and interest rates still low, rebalancing a portfolio is a painful proposition. Rather than investing in traditional fixed income, however, institutional investors can allocate to private credit, which offers higher yields without added risk

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  10. Yellen facing hard call on when labor market has healed

    trueFederal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said she still isn't satisfied with the U.S. labor market. Deciding when she is won't be easy.

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  11. Rerisking without regret

    trueWith new actuarial tables threatening lower funding status, pension investors should consider reversing the course of de-risking embedded in their glide paths and increasing their allocation to return-seeking assets.

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  12. FOMC continues tapering, low rates

    trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee voted Wednesday to continue tapering their bond-buying program, dropping to $25 billion in monthly purchases from $35 billion in June. Information received since the June meeting showed second-quarter growth in economic activity but continued ...

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  13. 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.

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