Economy

Return of risk to color 2014 market sentiment

Return of risk to color 2014 market sentiment

Renewed risk appetite will contribute to driving a stronger U.S. economy in 2014, while the U.S. equity market will be challenged to meet the level of actuarial return assumptions for 2014, according ...

January 06, 2014
Senate confirms Yellen as Fed chairwoman

Senate confirms Yellen as Fed chairwoman

Janet Yellen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.

January 06, 2014 | 06:13 pm

Looking back on how capital markets performed

Equities busted out, while rising rates helped pension funds, but hurt fixed-income investors.

January 06, 2014 | 12:01 am
Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index rockets 33.07% in 2013

Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index rockets 33.07% in 2013

Wilshire 5000 Total Market index ended 2013 with a 33.07% return, the best single-year performance since 1995, according to a news release from Wilshire Associates.

January 03, 2014 | 03:36 pm
Regulations in new year might look a lot like the old year for retirement plans

Regulations in new year might look a lot like the old year for retirement plans

2014 might seem like deja vu to many retirement plan sponsors.

January 02, 2014 | 12:11 pm

Bond funds post record $80 billion in redemptions in 2013

Bond mutual funds in the U.S. posted record investor withdrawals of $80 billion in 2013 as investors fled fixed income in anticipation that interest rates will rise further.

January 02, 2014 | 11:26 am
When forecasting equity markets, throw caution to the wind

When forecasting equity markets, throw caution to the wind

Forecasts typically are cautious, going for average, and wind up outside the range of actual outcomes.

December 23, 2013

New risk index shows investors are trending toward higher greed

The Acertus Market Sentiment Indicator level is 61, which is trending toward high complacency with investors, said John Longo, chief investment officer of Acertus Capital Management, which launched...

December 23, 2013 | 12:03 pm
Taper decision may boost interest in fixed income

Taper decision may boost interest in fixed income

Money managers' response to the Federal Reserve's decision to cut its monthly bond purchases to $75 billion in January from $85 billion is much more optimistic than it was when the topic first was...

December 23, 2013
Senate passes budget deal

Senate passes budget deal

The Senate late Wednesday passed a two-year budget deal that calls for raising premiums paid to the PBGC and increasing federal employee retirement contributions to help offset spending hikes.

December 18, 2013 | 05:50 pm
Fed to start tapering monthly bond buying in January

Fed to start tapering monthly bond buying in January

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting Wednesday decided to start ramping down their bond-buying program known as quantitative easing in January, dropping monthly purchases to $75...

December 18, 2013 | 03:11 pm

Aksia: Hedge fund managers optimistic about markets but concerned about tapering

Hedge fund managers mostly are confident that financial markets globally will function adequately in 2014, but as a pack believe Federal Reserve Bank tapering poses the biggest risk next year.

December 11, 2013 | 03:47 pm

Budget deal includes pension provisions

U.S. budget negotiators have reached agreement on a deal that includes raising the contributions that federal employees make to their retirement plans and increasing premiums for pensions backed by...

December 10, 2013 | 06:41 pm

BofA: Global real GDP to rise 3.5%, S&P to climb 11%, in 2014

Global and U.S. GDP growth is expected to improve in 2014, and domestic equity markets are forecast for another strong year, according to a 2014 outlook webcast with Bank of America Merrill Lynch...

December 10, 2013 | 04:28 pm
Equities enjoy big rally with few shocks in 2013 but drama ahead

Equities enjoy big rally with few shocks in 2013 but drama ahead

It's been a wonderful year to be a stock investor. Not only is 2013 shaping up to deliver the best returns of the past 10 years, it's also offered one of the smoothest rides.

December 04, 2013 | 08:00 am
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