Insights

Financial risk management insights, articles and guides. Current capital markets color and commentary, derivatives compliance perspectives, and current topics including the FASB, LIBOR, ISDA and current market rates.

  • Market Insights – October 15, 2018

    Market Insights – October 15, 2018

    Equities took the market for a ride last week, trading with elevated volatility that brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average lower by roughly 1,000 points (-4.1%) on a week-over-week basis.

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  • Market Insights – October 1, 2018

    Market Insights – October 1, 2018

    As was widely expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted unanimously last week to raise the federal funds rate 25 basis points.

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  • Market Insights – September 24, 2018

    Market Insights – September 24, 2018

    Rates rose over the course of last week in anticipation of a likely 25 basis point hike by the FOMC on Wednesday.

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  • Market Insights – September 17, 2018

    Market Insights – September 17, 2018

    The market began the week looking forward to updates on the inflation landscape for potential confirmation of the strength in recent reports.

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  • Market Insights – September 10, 2018

    Market Insights – September 10, 2018

    The August employment report jolted the market back to life after a relatively low-key end to the summer. The Labor Department reported that wage growth increased 2.9% from a year earlier...

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  • Market Insights – September 4, 2018

    Market Insights – September 4, 2018

    It was a relatively slow week in the markets as many seemed to be enjoying an extended vacation in advance of the long Labor Day holiday weekend.

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  • Market Insights – August 27, 2018

    Market Insights – August 27, 2018

    Markets seem to have taken an early start to the Labor Day holiday as activity has been relatively muted as the summer draws to an end.

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  • Market Insights – August 20, 2018

    Market Insights – August 20, 2018

    The World Bank is reported to have made history early last week by being the first issuer to hedge a floating rate bond deal with a swap tied to the new SOFR index.

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  • Market Insights – August 13, 2018

    Market Insights – August 13, 2018

    Last week was another relatively uneventful summer week that saw very little in the way of interesting economic data points.

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  • Market Insights – August 6, 2018

    Market Insights – August 6, 2018

    Last week saw a number of important data releases come and go with relatively little market volatility.

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  • Market Insights – July 30, 2018

    Market Insights – July 30, 2018

    Last week was relatively busy with economic updates, including the release of the much anticipated second quarter GDP figures.

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  • Market Insights – July 23, 2018

    Market Insights – July 23, 2018

    Last week began with relatively quiet trading conditions, as fixed income markets have been remarkably stable to start the summer.

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  • Market Insights – July 16, 2018

    Market Insights – July 16, 2018

    As many in the financial press have noted, it isn’t hard to find examples of inversions priced into forward markets or to find forecasting firms predicting a potential recession in 2020.

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  • Market Insights – July 9, 2018

    Market Insights – July 9, 2018

    The economic news of the week was the release of the June payrolls report which detailed that employers added 213,000 jobs last month, while upwardly revising the May report to 244,000.

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  • Market Insights – July 2, 2018

    Market Insights – July 2, 2018

    The first half of the year is officially in the books and market participants are taking stock of positions heading into the holiday-shortened week.

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  • Market Insights – June 25, 2018

    Market Insights – June 25, 2018

    It was a relatively lackluster week for the limited amount of data that was released. Most of the housing data came in below market forecasts.

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  • Market Insights – June 18, 2018

    Market Insights – June 18, 2018

    It was an active week for financial markets that saw the FOMC raise their target range for federal funds by 25 basis points to a range of 1.75% – 2.00%.

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  • Market Insights – June 11, 2018

    Market Insights – June 11, 2018

    The fixed markets sold-off last week in advance of a very active few days for news relating to international diplomacy, global central banking and another wave of Treasury supply.

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  • Market Insights – June 4, 2018

    Market Insights – June 4, 2018

    The fixed income markets went for a ride last week on a holiday-shortened schedule, as the risk of financial market contagion re-entered the vernacular

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  • Market Insights – May 29, 2018

    Market Insights – May 29, 2018

    The interesting economic news of the week centered around a rather technical aspect of the Fed’s approach to conducting monetary policy that was outlined in the May FOMC meeting minutes.

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