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  1. Corporate pension funding ratios fall in 1st quarter, reports say

    trueFunding ratios of U.S. corporate defined benefit plans fell further in the first quarter of 2015, three new reports state, as liabilities rose faster than assets.

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  2. J.P. Morgan Asset Management adds client portfolio manager

    trueGilles Drukier was appointed client portfolio manager for European fixed-income insurance solutions at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, a spokeswoman said.

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  3. Moody's further downgrades New Jersey bonds, citing pension shortfalls

    trueMoody's Investors Service downgraded New Jersey's general obligation bonds by one notch to A2, citing the state's “weak financial position and large structural imbalance, primarily related to continued pension contribution shortfalls.”

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  4. Citadel's head of global fixed income resigns

    trueDerek Kaufman resigned as head of global fixed income at Citadel, which managed about $26 billion in single and multistrategy hedge funds as of March 31.

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  5. Manchester Employees starts asset-liability study

    trueManchester (N.H.) Employees’ Contributory Retirement System is conducting an asset-liability study, said Gerard Fleury, executive director.

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  6. IACPM: Credit default concerns increase in North America, improve in Europe

    trueCredit portfolio managers are growing more optimistic about the credit outlook in Europe, while growing more pessimistic about the outlook in North America

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  7. Leveraged credit positioned to outperform if Fed tightens

    trueGuggenheim Partners said it thinks "leveraged credit is positioned to outperform in the next Fed tightening cycle," given its lower durations and higher yields relative to investment-grade corporate bonds and Treasuries.

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  8. PineBridge adds 2 to U.S. fixed-income team

    truePineBridge Investments appointed two senior executives to its U.S. fixed-income team, said a company spokesman.

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  9. Insurers' alternative imperative

    trueAlternative investments appear in many respects to constitute, for lack of a better term, the most plausible alternative for insurance portfolios today.

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  10. Louisiana Parochial Employees boosts fixed income, alternatives at expense of equities

    trueLouisiana Parochial Employees’ Retirement System, Baton Rouge, increased allocations to fixed income and alternatives while decreasing its allocation to public equities, said Troy Searles, chief investment officer.

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  11. St. Louis Firefighters to sign Garcia Hamilton for global bonds

    trueSt. Louis Firefighters Retirement Plan hired Garcia Hamilton & Associates to run a $10 million active global fixed-income portfolio, pending contract negotiations, said Janice Fairless, human resources specialist for the pension fund.

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  12. Arkansas State Highway pension fund revs up core bond search

    trueArkansas State Highway Employees' Retirement System is searching for a core fixed-income manager to run up to $40 million.

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  13. Leveraged loans rebound in Q1

    trueThe S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan index returned 2.13% in the first quarter – its highest return since the third quarter of 2012 when the index gained 3.41%.

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  14. U.K.'s NEST taps Legal & General for short-term gilt allocation

    trueNational Employment Savings Trust hired Legal & General Investment Management to run single-year maturity gilt allocations.

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