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 – 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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  • Market Insights – May 21, 2018

    Market Insights – May 21, 2018

    The news of the week kicked off with the Commerce Department reporting a 0.3% increase in retail sales in April, following a positively revised 0.8% gain in March.

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  • Market Insights – May 14, 2018

    Market Insights – May 14, 2018

    The economic news of the week was all about the inflation landscape, with updates to both consumer and producer prices.

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  • Market Insights – May 7, 2018

    Market Insights – May 7, 2018

    Interest rates were remarkably stable for a week with so many potential catalysts for yield volatility.

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  • Market Insights – April 30, 2018

    Market Insights – April 30, 2018

    Fixed income markets spent a good portion of last week pondering the implications of a 3% 10-year Treasury note in the context of a flattening yield curve and calming geopolitical risks.

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  • Market Insights – April 23, 2018

    Market Insights – April 23, 2018

    It was a positive week for economic data led by strong retail sales, an increase in industrial production and a rebound in housing starts.

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  • Market Insights – April 16, 2018

    Market Insights – April 16, 2018

    The economic news of the week was centered around the inflation landscape, with updates on consumer prices, producer prices and import costs.

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  • Market Insights – April 9, 2018

    Market Insights – April 9, 2018

    In its inaugural week of publication by the New York Federal Reserve, the SOFR rate traded with a range of 9 basis points, as market participants figured out how to price the new rate.

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