Global market volatility and low interest rates have greatly impacted the funded status of corporate defined benefit plans over the past decade. Particularly in the last year, wide swings in equity markets have become less predictable, making funded status volatility a greater cause for concern.
“It’s the economy, stupid” was a message posted onto the wall of a US presidential candidate’s war room in the early 1990s. The intention was to remind campaigners that the key message and battleground was economic wellbeing of the electorate.
Quality and Low Volatility were the strongest performers in Q2, according to our latest Regional Factor Indicator Report, illustrating that, even as equity markets moved higher, global growth worries tempered risk appetite. While Quality and Low Volatility – essentially defensive factors – performed well, Value and Size (smaller cap) fared worst in almost every market.
A quarterly report by FTSE Russell that provides insights into the China bond market, including performance of the FTSE Russell China Bond Indexes.
Amid the trade tension that has been felt globally, one star in Asia has been glowing ever brighter. Vietnam has emerged as one of the fastest growing countries in the East. As shown in Chart 1, Vietnam’s real GDP growth was 7.1% in 2018, the highest growth rate in more than a decade and only beaten by India in the region.