Advisories, Observation Deck

 

Advisories
January 28, 2010 Posted by

 The aim of cash management is to make use of idle funds by choosing the appropriate investments and providing adequate liquidity, while generating income and producing higher yields. These goals align exactly with the advantages of an active portfolio strategy in today’s environment.

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Observation Deck
January 04, 2010 Posted by

As we enter 2010, fixed-income investments in the short end of the yield curve are trading at levels near historic lows. Even money fund investors are now facing yields hovering just above zero. This downward pressure has been caused by several factors.

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Advisories
December 08, 2009 Posted by

The U.S. municipal bond market has been impacted by the volatility of tight credit conditions, federal regulation and stimulus as much as, if not more than, other sectors. What makes state and muni markets unique is how much remains unknown relative to corporate markets about their ability to recover

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Observation Deck
December 01, 2009 Posted by

Uncertainty in capital markets has made some firms (and boards) opt to  forbid investing any of their precious cash in securities that have credit risk. Even fixed income issuers and money funds with well understood and transparent risk profiles, both

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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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