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Library » Market Trends: Businesses Returning Capital to Shareholders

June 06, 2013 | Investment Themes

Following periods of significant equity market weakness, one of the biggest issues facing stocks is a lack of investor confidence. In an attempt to overcome this obstacle, many businesses have taken a variety of shareholder-friendly actions with the explicit aim of improving the market’s attitude …

Library » International Equity Benchmark Performance Analysis ACWIxUS vs. EAFE

May 20, 2013 | Market Commentary

The MSCI ACWI ex USA1 (ACWIxUS) and MSCI EAFE2 (EAFE) Indices are popular benchmarking tools for non-U.S. equity market performance. While these indices have much in common, there are also significant differences. The major difference between the two benchmarks is exposure to emerging markets. …

Library » Will the "Big Crew Change" Be the Catalyst to Decrease the Unemployment Rate?

April 30, 2013 | Investment Themes

It is well known that the recovery of the U.S. labor market has significantly lagged the corporate sector throughout the current economic expansion. The unemployment rate peaked at 10% in October 2009, the highest level since 1982 and the second highest reading since 1954 (Chart 1). While there …

Library » Finding Income in Today's Markets

April 17, 2013 | Investment Management

Income generation has become difficult to achieve in today’s low yield environment. What follows is a discussion of issues currently facing income oriented investors. Rates are at historic lows. How does Manning & Napier suggest investing in fixed income? With yields and rates near historic …

Library » Corporate Pension Plan Credit Balance Decisions

January 08, 2013 | Retirement Plans

Introduction The following provides a general overview of credit balances, their effect on funding levels and minimum required contributions for qualified single employer defined benefit pension plans, and key considerations with regard to utilizing or reducing a credit balance. Ultimately, …


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