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Managers surprised by scope of ECB's bond-buying program

Managers surprised by scope of ECB's bond-buying program

The European Central Bank announced it will begin €60 billion ($69.4 billion) of public and private debt purchases per month as part of a quantitative easing strategy, in what money managers...

January 22, 2015 | 11:15 am
Canada cuts key rate as oil shock clobbers inflation outlook

Canada cuts key rate as oil shock clobbers inflation outlook

The Bank of Canada became the first central bank in the Group of Seven to cut interest rates in response to plummeting oil prices, saying the shock will weigh on everything from inflation to business ...

January 21, 2015 | 02:56 pm

BofA: Managers remain optimistic on growth despite growing concerns

Money managers are reducing their cash holdings despite concerns over corporate profits and inflation, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s monthly fund manager survey.

January 20, 2015 | 03:30 pm
Did the Treasury undermine the Fed?

Did the Treasury undermine the Fed?

A paper from Harvard scholars has the potential to influence Fed and Treasury policy. In particular, the Treasury might be urged to sell less long-term debt in favor of more short-term debt. Because...

January 15, 2015 | 11:14 am
9 New Year's resolutions for investors

9 New Year's resolutions for investors

Hirtle Callaghan's CEO finds analogies between the current momentum-driven market with the dot-com market of 2000 and offers nine investment resolutions for the year.

January 14, 2015 | 02:29 pm

2014 in review

A look at selected capital markets worldwide.

January 12, 2015 | 12:01 am
Be aware of your assumptions

Be aware of your assumptions

Since 2009, investors and markets have been highly sensitive to risk — and markets have offered high risk premiums. As these risks have gradually diminished, all asset classes have benefited....

January 08, 2015 | 10:23 am

Fed unlikely to hike interest rates before April, minutes show

Most Federal Reserve officials agreed their new policy guidance means they are unlikely to raise interest rates before late April, and a number of them expressed concern that inflation could remain...

January 07, 2015 | 03:54 pm
Monetary policy divergence becoming unusually explicit

Monetary policy divergence becoming unusually explicit

Monetary policy divergence — and the opportunities and downfalls it presents — is set to take center stage in conversations among global money managers in 2015, with expectations that...

December 22, 2014

New concerns arise for asset owners, but an old one never left

Asset owners will have some relatively new worries in 2015 — geopolitical risk, oil-price declines and the impact of changes in mortality tables on funding — but there’s also a...

December 22, 2014
Alpha opportunities seen from continuing volatility

Alpha opportunities seen from continuing volatility

Hedge fund managers are confident that 2015 will — at last — bring the levels of volatility and dispersion they need to outperform equity markets and re-establish their reputation as...

December 22, 2014

Fed will be ‘patient’ in raising rates

Federal Open Market Committee members announced Wednesday they “can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy,” said a statement at the end of a two-day meeting.

December 17, 2014 | 03:35 pm
Managers shifting to new reality of fixed income

Managers shifting to new reality of fixed income

The fixed-income trading desks of larger money managers are setting prices of trades instead of discovering them while applying the electronic trading skills of their equity brethren to adapt to the...

December 08, 2014
Fed minutes show caution over foreign markets

Fed minutes show caution over foreign markets

Some members of the Federal Open Market Committee remain concerned about slower-than-expected economic growth in the coming months if foreign economies continue to struggle, said minutes from their...

November 19, 2014 | 03:49 pm

Bank of Japan expands QE program in surprise move

Bank of Japan announced an expansion of its quantitative and qualitative easing program, shocking the currency markets and bolstering stocks.

October 31, 2014 | 11:19 am