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Chicago ending interest-rate swaps to fix financial mess
Bloomberg
Chicago plans to end some interest-rate swaps and the use of variable-rate debt as part of a plan to bolster its finances, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “In the coming weeks, we will begin converting it all to fixed-rate debt, eliminating taxpayers’ exposure to the whims of the financial markets and potential spikes in cost,” Emanuel said in an address to the Civic Federation, a nonprofit research group that follows the city’s finances.
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Emerging opportunities in Latin America
CFA Chicago
Latin America represents an increasingly important economic region in the world. By 2020, the IMF predicts that Brazil and Mexico will rank among the top 10 GDP countries globally. The abundance of natural resources, growing and more educated populations with rising incomes, and capital market reforms in several countries, create potentially fertile areas for long-term investing opportunities.
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Distinguished Speaker Series with Tad Rivelle
CFA Chicago
Tad Rivelle will present, "Hey! They’re Raising the Price of the Free Lunch!" at the Distinguished Speaker Series in May. Tad Rivelle is Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, overseeing some $130 billion in fixed income assets, including over $80 billion of mutual fund assets under the TCW and MetWest Funds brand.
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With bonds, don't panic about rising rates
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
The possibility of rising rates has caused waves of concern among investors. Particularly, investors fear the duration effects of such potential rate increases. But according to Financial Analysts Journal authors Martin L. Leibowitz, Anthony Bova, CFA, and Stanley Kogelman, there is no need to panic.
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Trading secrets: One rate to rule them all
TCW
Rather than listen to what prices are saying, central banks prefer to talk. Asset prices are told to levitate, interest rates are commanded to kowtow, and product markets are told to walk faster. The happy result of all this orchestration is supposed to be steady growth and a stable financial system. However, the precision with which central banks direct the clouds is very much at odds with the tumult of market realities.
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Managing talent and compensation in the new era
CFA Chicago
Jim Ware, CFA, and Michael Falk, CFA, of Focus Consulting Group will present on their new white paper, "Investment Challenges: Remaining Relevant through Compelling Value." FCG has combined its insights from the past few impactful industry years into a new report that highlights industry challenges and strategic responses.
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Bull market 'supercycle' for stocks, bonds is ending
Reuters
The bull market "supercycle" for stocks and bonds is approaching an end, as the unconventional monetary policies that have bolstered asset prices since the financial crisis are running out, widely followed investor Bill Gross said. The attempt by global central banks to cure a debt crisis with more debt doesn't have much further to run, which will end a rally that's lasted three and a half decades, the 71-year-old manager wrote in an investment outlook for Janus Capital Group Inc.
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The nonidentical twins of ETFs
The Wall Street Journal
Shopping for an exchange-traded fund has at least one key thing in common with shopping for a car: Before you buy, you should look under the hood. ETFs own baskets of securities that are designed to track the performance of a certain market index. Some of these funds might seem similar — because they focus on the same market area or have similar-sounding names — but the indexes they follow may be quite different, meaning the funds often produce divergent results.
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Active or passive target-date funds, study finds returns similar, net of fees
Pensions & Investments
Actively managed and passively managed target-date funds produce similar investment returns over longer time frames, new research shows. This research comes as target-date funds play an increasing role in defined contribution retirement plans and as plan executives debate which is the most appropriate approach.
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How to prepare millennials to be the new wealth builders
Forbes
In an eye-opening study entitled, Spotlight on the New Wealth Builders, just released by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Citi, an emerging wealth class has seemingly slipped into the world scene without much notice. The implications of this new generation of investors has the potential to make big waves with regard to methods of wealth building. So, who are these new wealth builders?
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Rauner's anti-union crusade could send Illinois into a budget disaster
Crain's Chicago Business
Everyone who has ever taken any sales training knows that even if your potential customers see the need for your product, they won't write the check until they're convinced they actually want it. You may realize you need a new car, for instance, but it's the salesman's job to convince you that you want a fancier, pricier auto. The act of legislating operates on much the same principle.
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First Midwest a repeat customer-satisfaction winner
Crain's Chicago Business
Itasca is home to the Midwestern bank whose customers are happiest with it. For the second year in a row, First Midwest Bank, with nearly 100 branches, ranked highest in the Midwest in terms of customer satisfaction in J.D. Power's annual retail banking customer survey.
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Emanuel's chief financial officer to leave City Hall
Chicago Tribune
Just as Mayor Rahm Emanuel heads into a second term facing a sea of financial woes, his Chief Financial Officer Lois Scott announced that she's leaving City Hall. Scott solidified herself as a trusted aide whom Emanuel leaned on to navigate the city's mounting debt and unfunded pension liabilities, but she also has overseen the mayor's largely unsuccessful effort to attract private investment to projects through his Chicago Infrastructure Trust.
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