Economy

Mercer: S&P 1500 DB funded status holds steady in March

The aggregate funded status of defined benefit plans sponsored by S&P 1500 companies remained at 80% as of March 31, a Mercer report said.

April 07, 2015 | 03:08 pm
Services sector expands, but at smaller clip

Services sector expands, but at smaller clip

The Institute for Supply Management's Non-Manufacturing index dipped slightly in March to 56.5%, down 40 basis points from the prior month.

April 06, 2015 | 12:39 pm
China taking steps to open capital markets ahead of MSCI decision

China taking steps to open capital markets ahead of MSCI decision

China’s regulators are taking more aggressive steps to open the country’s capital markets to foreign investors in the run-up to a midyear decision by MSCI Inc. on whether to begin adding...

April 06, 2015
Towers Watson: Institutional investors remain uncertain over future of global economy

Towers Watson: Institutional investors remain uncertain over future of global economy

Institutional investors continue to be uncertain about the global economy, a new Towers Watson survey says.

April 02, 2015 | 09:16 am

ISDA issues principles for rules governing the centralized execution of swaps

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association on Wednesday issued principles to be applied to rules governing centralized execution of swaps and called for alignment in swap-execution facility...

April 01, 2015 | 02:03 pm
Schapiro: Multitude of trading venues a regulatory challenge for SEC

Schapiro: Multitude of trading venues a regulatory challenge for SEC

The equity market structure with more than 70 venues for trading and 35% of trades done in dark pools represents a major regulatory challenge for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro,...

March 31, 2015 | 02:26 pm
Ackman: Shareholder activism driving bull market

Ackman: Shareholder activism driving bull market

Shareholder activism deserves much of the credit for the bullish stock market in recent years, William A. Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, told the more than 560...

March 31, 2015 | 02:34 pm
Structural forces keeping a lid on inflation

Structural forces keeping a lid on inflation

So what is inflation doing? February's inflation data released in Monday's personal income report show that the core personal consumption expenditure deflator (PCED) remains stuck about half a point...

March 31, 2015 | 11:29 am
Beneath the ugly face of second half 2014 lies the beauty of opportunity in 2015

Beneath the ugly face of second half 2014 lies the beauty of opportunity in 2015

In our view, the coming year will resemble more the volatility of the second half of 2014 than the prolonged, virtually uni-directional (i.e., up!) market that leveraged credit investors have enjoyed ...

March 26, 2015 | 10:16 am
High-frequency traders to be regulated by FINRA

High-frequency traders to be regulated by FINRA

High-frequency and other proprietary traders will be overseen by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority under a proposed rule announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | 02:33 pm
Old age doesn't kill bull markets

Old age doesn't kill bull markets

A long expansion is a persuasive argument for buying stocks even though forward price-to-earnings ratios are historically high. Investors are likely to be willing to pay more for stocks if they...

March 24, 2015 | 03:49 pm

CFA Society of the U.K. members see developed markets equities as overvalued

Developed markets equities are overvalued, say a net 52% of U.K. respondents to a survey by the CFA Society.

March 23, 2015 | 02:46 pm
Commonfund: Investor expectations remain cautiously positive for 2015

Commonfund: Investor expectations remain cautiously positive for 2015

Institutional investors' expectations for 2015 remain positive, if somewhat more cautious than in prior years, with elevated outlooks for tail risks and slightly lower expectations for U.S. stocks vs....

March 18, 2015 | 02:24 pm
Fed reaffirms low federal fund rates, but drops ‘patient’ in approach

Fed reaffirms low federal fund rates, but drops ‘patient’ in approach

The Federal Open Market Committee is reaffirming the current zero to 0.25% target range for the federal funds rate, said a statement Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting.

March 18, 2015 | 03:49 pm