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The Challenges Facing Public Pensions

By James Faunce | July 28, 2016

U.S. public pensions continue to experience subdued growth as demonstrated in this week’s chart. The U.S. Census Bureau’s recent release for the 100 largest-public employee pension systems shows the market value essentially flat.

Federal Reserve Keeps Rates Steady

By Mark Heppenstall | July 27, 2016

As anticipated, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept the federal funds rate steady today with a target range of ¼ to ½ percent.

FOMC Expected to Keep Rates Unchanged

By David O'Malley | July 25, 2016

This week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting will provide insight into the policy committee’s thinking about the post-Brexit economy.

PMAM Hosts a Distinguished Panel Discussion on The State of State Pensions

By Penn Mutual Asset Management | July 21, 2016

With next week’s Democratic National Convention serving as a backdrop, Penn Mutual Asset Management will be hosting a ground-breaking event on The State of State Pensions, to be held Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 12 noon at the Hamilton Garden in the Kimmel Center.

Record High Equity, Record Low Yield

By Zhiwei Ren | July 21, 2016

U.S. equities are trading at record highs, while interest rates are close to record lows. This week’s chart shows the long bull market in bonds over the last 40 years, as well as the rare combination of record high equity with record low interest rates we are currently observing.

U.S. Economic Data Supports the Market

By David O'Malley | July 18, 2016

Despite all of the political, geo-political and social tumult in the news recently, U.S. economic data has remained surprisingly robust. Stronger economic data has been one of the components in the recent rally in U.S. equities.

Inflation Expectations at Record Lows, Despite Global Central Bank Stimulus

By Mark Heppenstall | July 14, 2016

Since the end of the credit crisis, central bankers across the globe have been trying their best to stimulate economic growth and avoid the type of deflationary spiral Japan has been battling for over twenty years.

Strong Employment Number and Rates Decrease

By David O'Malley | July 11, 2016

On Friday we received the much anticipated June jobs data, which was stronger than even the most optimistic forecasts.

Is There Alpha in Private Assets?

By Trevor M. Williams | July 7, 2016

While the market volatility-buffering benefits of private equity are well known, advocates of the investment vehicle have also long argued that private equity-backed companies tend to perform better than their publicly-traded counterparts.

Central Banks to the Rescue Again

By David O'Malley | July 5, 2016

Last week started with risk markets around the globe continuing the plunge that began with the Brexit vote. However, as central banks around the globe indicated they stood ready to combat any negative impacts from Brexit, risk markets rallied and ended the week higher.

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