Markets & Economy » Unlocking Income: Using a BDIA to Optimize Cash

June 01, 2016 | Investment Themes

Before the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, public and private organizations generated sizable returns on cash deposits held at banks, in money market accounts, and through certificates of deposit. Today, post-crisis regulations make it nearly impossible to generate meaningful income on excess cash …

Markets & Economy » Addressing Long-Term Goals During Short-Term Volatility

January 26, 2016 | Market Commentary

Assumptions about future returns are made every day by a wide variety of investors. These assumptions are often based on annualized returns that can mask tremendous amounts of performance variation. For instance, a simple blended portfolio consisting of 55% U.S. Large Cap stocks and 45% …

Markets & Economy » The Fed Concludes its Countdown to Liftoff

December 17, 2015 | Fixed Income

Following its two-day December meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to adjust the federal funds policy interest rate for the first time since December 2008. The rate will increase from a range of 0% to 0.25% to a range of 0.25% to 0.5%. …

Library » Using Derivatives in the Fixed Income Markets

October 16, 2015 | Fixed Income

Introduction While derivatives may have a negative connotation to some investors, it is common for fixed income managers to simply utilize them as risk management tools to adjust exposure to interest rate, credit, and currency risk rather than a means to take on excessive risk/leverage. As such, …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » The Great Rate Hike

September 11, 2015 | Fixed Income

Recent headlines suggest that bond investors are bracing for heightened volatility in fixed income markets, with pundits citing an eventual Fed rate hike as the catalyst that could give rise to further market gyrations. As the Fed moves toward policy normalization, investors are concerned that …

Markets & Economy » Puerto Rico Adds Pressure to Muni Market Outflows

September 10, 2015 | Fixed Income

Puerto Rico was thrust into the spotlight after missing a $58 million bond payment in early August. Fixed income markets stumbled on the news, but the country’s fiscal troubles should come as no major surprise. Puerto Rico’s credit rating descended to junk status during February 2014 following …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » “Safe” Can Be Risky

September 01, 2015 | Fixed Income

The last several years have been defined by historically low interest rates, and using a bond index fund to gain market exposure to the broad fixed income market has become a more prevalent investor strategy. While rates have seen historic lows, they are expected to rise over time. Given the …