Interested in understanding the state of volatility in the current market? This comprehensive package from Clear Path Analysis and FTSE Russell covers all the important focal points with top industry thought leaders including two robust roundtable debates, a white paper and an interview
Year after year, corporate DB plan sponsor surveys show controlling funded status volatility (surplus risk) as the top priority for their organizations. When liabilities grow faster than plan assets, additional cash contributions are required. At the same time, pension assets and liabilities have become prominent parts of company financial statements that investors use to evaluate company health.
The value effect refers to the tendency of stocks with lower valuation ratios to earn above average returns over the long run. This effect—also referred to as the “value premium”—is one of the most well studied and evidenced market factors in equities. However, when it comes to fixed income, there hasn’t been a widely accepted definition of the value factor.
While US small-cap stocks have had decent returns in 2019, they still lag US large caps, with a total return of 11.7% for the Russell 2000 Index relative to a 17% total return for the Russell 1000 Index.* So, what’s holding back US small caps and is it time to give the asset class a second look?
The inversion of a widely watched part of the US Treasury yield curve last week has rattled markets already nervous about slowing global growth. Such events warrant attention given their recession-predicting history. But the macro and monetary forces driving the recent inversion differ starkly from those in 2006, the first of such inversions preceding the last recession.