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Milliman: Corporate pension plan funding rises to 91.8% in February
trueThe funding ratio of 100 of the largest U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plans rose to 91.8% at the end of February, according to the latest Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index.
Mercer: FTSE 350 companies' aggregate funding ratio improves a bit
trueThe aggregate defined benefit pension plan funding ratio improved slightly for companies in the FTSE 350 to 85% in February, from 84.4% the previous month, due to strong stock market returns, even though those returns were slightly offset by an increase in liabilities, according to Mercer's ...
2013 will not be going down in history as a volatile year
trueU.S. market volatility was down in 2013 and remained extremely stable throughout the year, according to data from Investment Technology Group Inc. U.S. market volatility was down in 2013 and remained extremely stable throughout the year, according to data from Investment Technology Group Inc.
Fed minutes signal possible changes
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee in January discussed further tapering of their bond-buying program and possible changes in monetary policy, according to minutes of the January meeting released Wednesday.
Investors shift record amounts from U.S. stocks to bonds
trueInvestors shifted record amounts out of U.S. stock funds and into bonds, while withdrawing money from emerging-market equities for a 15th straight week, according to Citigroup Inc.
2 Toronto professors win Markowitz prize
trueJohn C. Hull and Alan D. White — both of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto — were named winners of the $10,000 Harry M. Markowitz Award prize, according to a joint statement by New Frontier Advisors and the Journal of Investment Management.
Stocks slump most since June as manufacturing gauge weakens
trueU.S. stocks fell Monday, sending benchmark indexes to their biggest declines since June, as a gauge of manufacturing in the world's largest economy retreated more than estimated.
Fed picks up the pace of tapering
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting Wednesday decided unanimously to continue slowing the Fed's bond-buying program known as quantitative easing in February, dropping monthly purchases to $65 billion from $75 billion in January.
Stocks plunge as slide in emerging markets sends bonds, yen higher
trueGlobal stocks tumbled the most since June, as the biggest drop in emerging markets in two months prompted investors to seek havens in Treasuries, German bunds and yen. Natural gas reached a three-year high.
2014 investment resolutions
trueEvery market brings an opportunity to apply time-tested investment disciplines to a brand new fact set. Today, facts are substantially different than they were just a year ago.
Northern Trust survey: Managers have near-perfect optimism on U.S. growth
trueMoney manager optimism on several key U.S. economic indicators continues to grow, according to Northern Trust's quarterly investment manager survey.
ETFGI: iShares edges out Vanguard for top ETF flows in 2013
trueBlackRock's iShares topped the ETF net inflow rankings in 2013 with $61 billion.
Financial Stability Board: Funds with $100 billion might be too big to fail
trueInvestment funds that manage more than $100 billion in assets might be labeled too big to fail, global regulators said, as they seek to expand financial safeguards beyond banks and insurers.
Greenwich: Swaps clearing to become more expensive, more efficient in 2014
trueBetter efficiency and higher costs will be two key trends in the clearing of swaps trades in 2014, according to a Greenwich Associates report on global derivatives markets issued Wednesday.
Senate confirms Yellen as Fed chairwoman
trueJanet Yellen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.