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Five Questions Insurers Should Ask When Hiring Asset Managers
As insurance companies seek improved investment returns in this ongoing environment of low interest rates, an expanding number of asset managers are offering to help.
27 Aug 2014
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Signs Point to Growth in 2014 Second Half
As was the case in 2013, we expect U.S. GDP growth to be back-loaded in the second half of 2014.
06 Aug 2014
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Quarterly Insights
2014 second quarter sector reviews
23 Jul 2014
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TIPS: Opportunities for Active Management
When seeking to hedge against rising inflation, there are a number of investment options in the marketplace.
08 Jul 2014
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The Case for Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities
Inflation can erode the real value of an investor’s portfolio, whether a savings account, a house or a pension portfolio. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are a way to protect a portfolio from the effects of inflation.
23 May 2014
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Commercial Mortgage Loans: A Mature Asset Offering Yield Potential and IG Credit Quality
Commercial mortgage loans (CMLs) have emerged as a desirable option within a well-diversified fixed income portfolio for their ability to provide incremental yield while maintaining the portfolio’s credit quality.
01 May 2014
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Hedge Funds vs. Traditional Asset Classes in Interest Rate Tightenings
Since the credit crisis began in late 2008, broad hedge fund returns have been heavily scrutinized (and rightfully so) on both an absolute and relative basis when compared to equities.
01 May 2014
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"Status" Quo: Strategies to Help Maintain Your Plan's (Mostly) Recovered Funding Status
Since mid-2012, two powerful dynamics have moved in favor of corporate pension plan sponsors: a rising U.S. equity market and higher U.S. interest rates.
27 Mar 2014
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Dividend Stocks Have Provided More Stable Returns
To add equities with lower volatility, look to stocks that pay dividends. They may be a smart way to add a lower volatility equity return stream into a diversified investment program.
24 Jan 2014
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Adding Value Over the Short and (Really) Long Term
Dividends are attractive over the short and long term because they have provided: A historically stable income stream and a significant portion of equity’s total returns during the past 200 years and the past decade.
02 Dec 2013
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Private Placement Debt: Diversification, yield potential in a complementary IG asset
In low-yield environments, investors often turn to new and at times uncertain vehicles to meet their needs for asset growth.
03 Oct 2013Ron Mendel
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Ready or Not: Talk of tapering has elevated volatility and policy risk
Since late 2008, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) has engaged in unconventional monetary policies on an unprecedented scale in an attempt to stimulate growth, support aggregate demand, and smooth the deleveraging process.
01 Aug 2013
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Minimum Variance Strategies As A Substitute For Balanced Portfolio Strategies
Modern portfolio theory (MPT) introduces the idea of an efficient frontier which is the set of portfolios that have the maximum possible expected level of return for a given level of risk, which is typically measured by the standard deviation of the portfolio’s return.
28 Mar 2013
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