Interest rates

Fed: Tapering continues, rates stay low as economy improves

Fed: Tapering continues, rates stay low as economy improves

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting Wednesday voted unanimously to continue tapering their bond-buying program, dropping to $35 billion in monthly purchases, down from $45 billion in ...

June 18, 2014 | 03:53 pm
ECB’s interest rate cut could put pressure on pension fund liabilities

ECB’s interest rate cut could put pressure on pension fund liabilities

The European Central Bank’s decision to further cut interest rates in an effort to stave off deflation have been met with mixed reactions by money managers.

June 06, 2014 | 12:31 pm
Executives split over possible pension risk transfer crunch

Executives split over possible pension risk transfer crunch

A growing number of large pension risk transfer deals in the U.K. and U.S., coupled with an anticipated influx of deals across both markets, have left industry executives split over the potential for ...

May 26, 2014

Fed to start considering options for raising rates

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee agreed in April to consider “a range of options” for tightening the stance on monetary policy, according to minutes released Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | 03:57 pm
Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Investing

Three seasoned investment professionals debated the best approaches to real estate investment for institutional investors, provided insight into some of their best ideas for 2014 and beyond, and...

May 12, 2014 | 12:01 am
Institutional money continues pouring into equity markets

Institutional money continues pouring into equity markets

With the bond bull market coming to an end, equities have been seeing growing net inflows from institutional investors, despite stock markets' recent declines.

April 14, 2014
Outlook for Treasury inflation-protected securities

Outlook for Treasury inflation-protected securities

While this might seem like a non-intuitive point, after exploring the mechanics of TIPS, it should become clear that the asset class may experience headwinds.

April 09, 2014 | 12:01 am
Fed members view 2015 as appropriate time to raise rates

Fed members view 2015 as appropriate time to raise rates

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee consider further tapering of their bond-buying program “likely,” according to minutes of the March meeting released Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 | 03:43 pm

Act before inflation returns

Rather than wait, now is the time to develop a strategy to protect portfolios from an unwelcome inflationary episode.

April 08, 2014 | 12:01 am

Fed governor Stein resigns

Federal Reserve Gov. Jeremy Stein on Thursday announced his resignation from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

April 04, 2014 | 03:58 pm
Money managers comment on Fed meeting

Money managers comment on Fed meeting

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee signaled a shift away from using quantitative thresholds like unemployment rates in deciding whether to change the federal funds rate, according to...

March 19, 2014 | 04:00 pm
Pension funds should derisk now

Pension funds should derisk now

The improvement of the funded status of corporate defined benefit plans offers plan sponsors and plan advisers a real opportunity to quantify and downsize risk.

March 11, 2014 | 11:14 am

NISA: Funded status volatility falls in February after January spike

After rising to its highest level in four months in January, NISA Investment Advisors' Pension Surplus Risk index fell 50 basis points in February to 9.8%.

March 07, 2014 | 05:56 pm
Alternative strategies for investors to position their portfolios in a rising rates environment

Alternative strategies for investors to position their portfolios in a rising rates environment

Fixed-income markets might be experiencing the calm before the storm. Rather than allowing complacency to creep in, following the normalization of markets after the significant sell-off in the second ...

March 04, 2014 | 12:29 pm
Upping the ante on implementation of derisking process

Upping the ante on implementation of derisking process

Many ERISA pension plans are now implementing specific formulas called “glidepaths” to automatically shift funds to fixed income from growth assets as the plan's funded status increases....

March 03, 2014