Economy

Is the global economy sinking into a recession?

Is the global economy sinking into a recession?

One of the most accurate and reliable global economic indicators is the CRB raw industrials spot price index. It has been falling this year, and is now the lowest since Nov. 9, 2009. However, other...

August 10, 2015 | 02:40 pm
U.K. interest rate hike forecast for February

U.K. interest rate hike forecast for February

The outcome of “Super Thursday” — the day the Bank of England releases a bumper set of data on the U.K. economy and its outlook — has money managers more convinced than ever...

August 06, 2015 | 02:47 pm

Milliman: Corporate funded status falls on first discount rate drop since March

The funded status of the 100 largest U.S. corporate defined benefit plans fell 70 basis points to 84.8% at the end of July, the Milliman 100 Pension Funding index showed Thursday.

August 06, 2015 | 03:29 pm

ITG names interim CEO

Jarrett Lilien on Monday was named interim CEO of brokerage and financial markets technology provider Investment Technology Group.

August 03, 2015 | 01:39 pm
FOMC: No change on rates

FOMC: No change on rates

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee decided to keep the federal funds rate at zero to 0.25%, they announced Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting in Washington.

July 29, 2015 | 03:52 pm
Money managers don’t see Bank of England rate hike until 2016

Money managers don’t see Bank of England rate hike until 2016

Despite an improvement in GDP growth in the U.K. for the three months ended June 30, a skittish set of data over the past few quarters and low inflation means money management executives still...

July 28, 2015 | 02:09 pm
Shanghai stocks shed another 1.7%

Shanghai stocks shed another 1.7%

Shanghai stocks lost another 1.7% Tuesday even as several of the region's bigger markets ended little changed.

July 28, 2015 | 06:35 am
Nervous managers boosting cash over skittish global markets

Nervous managers boosting cash over skittish global markets

Money managers have been increasing cash holdings to levels not seen since the financial crisis over volatility concerns and unease about China's equity markets.

July 27, 2015
When will the next recession start?

When will the next recession start?

I have previously shown that based on the past five business cycles, the next recession might not start until March 2019. I examined the Index of Coincident Economic Indicators for some historical...

July 27, 2015 | 01:54 pm
Shanghai stocks resume plunge, tumbling 8.5%

Shanghai stocks resume plunge, tumbling 8.5%

Shanghai stocks plunged 8.5% Monday, erasing most of the government-engineered gains of the past three weeks.

July 27, 2015 | 07:38 am
China's A-shares rescue tactics cast shadow

China's A-shares rescue tactics cast shadow

China's seeming success in stopping a precipitous A-shares sell-off raises the question of whether a visible official hand could become a hallmark of a proverbial equity market with Chinese...

July 27, 2015
Fixed-income ETF investors staying away from ultrashort-term market

Fixed-income ETF investors staying away from ultrashort-term market

The most significant money market fund reforms — floating net asset values, liquidity fees and gates — take effect in October 2016 and a pocket of the fixed-income exchange-traded fund...

July 27, 2015
Timberland returns cut down in second quarter

Timberland returns cut down in second quarter

The NCREIF Timberland index returned 0.51% in the second quarter, its lowest quarterly return since the first quarter of 2012. It was also the lowest second-quarter return since 2002.

July 24, 2015 | 04:23 pm
Faber likes cash, says real estate and emerging markets equities to outperform

Faber likes cash, says real estate and emerging markets equities to outperform

Marc Faber railed against central bank intervention around the globe and said he likes cash now because it “gives you flexibility to buy assets” when bubbles pop.

July 23, 2015 | 04:02 pm