Advisories, Observation Deck

 

Advisories
November 24, 2009 Posted by

In the wake of the harsh spotlight thrown on structured finance’s role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis, much of the securitization landscape has been altered. While many structured investments fell out of favor, particularly private label mortgage-backed securities and collateral debt obligations, credit card-backed securities avoided most of the severe credit and ratings downgrades.

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Observation Deck
November 02, 2009 Posted by

Historically, gold has been a precious commodity used for trade, jewelry, medicine and decoration. In more recent times, it has been used as a hedge against inflation. There are many investors who currently believe our country is heading into an inflationary environment, pushing up the price of gold. But we do not see any data to support the position that inflation will spiral out of control
anytime in the near future.

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Observation Deck
October 01, 2009
The month of September 2009 proved to be an important one for money market mutual funds, with rising signs of a return to normalcy for this vital investment segment.
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Observation Deck
September 01, 2009
President Obama's reappointment of Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve was widely viewed as a positive for the financial markets
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Advisories
August 17, 2009
From start-ups to multi-billion dollar revenue generating corporations, the challenges for corporate treasurers in maintaining well diversified investment portfolios is ever growing due to the increased complexity in the fixed income market. Adding to the challenge is the lack of transparency of non-traditional investment classes that have made their way into many investment portfolios. By using a combination of a sound investment policy, transparent reporting tools and a well defined corporate governance policy, the corporate treasurer takes an important step towards constructing a framework that could preserve the corporation’s most prized asset — the working capital.
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Observation Deck
August 03, 2009
As hopes have risen that the U.S. economy is nearing a recovery, investors' appetite for higher-yielding securities has returned.
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Advisories
July 07, 2009
Short-term yields remain near historic lows, leaving corporate investors overly invested in cash investments earning near zero interest.
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Observation Deck
July 01, 2009
Late last year, the Federal Open Market Committee cut the target Federal Funds rate to a range of between 0 - 0.25 percent, in an effort to stimulate the economy.
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Advisories
June 09, 2009
Given the current economic environment, we remain highly attuned to the risks of investments that don't have the benefit of an explicit government guarantee
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Observation Deck
June 01, 2009
On May 7, 2009, the Federal Reserve released the results of its "stress test" on the 19 largest U.S. banks.
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