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 - February 19, 2019

    Market Insights - February 19, 2019

    U.S. equity markets moved broadly higher last week, largely buoyed by President Trump’s signing of the government spending bill, as well as U.S.-China trade negotiation optimism.

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  • Market Insights - February 11, 2019

    Market Insights - February 11, 2019

    Worries of an intensifying trade war between the U.S. and China, and fears of another U.S. government shutdown led U.S. equity markets lower last week, ending a month-long rally.

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  • Market Insights - February 4, 2019

    Market Insights - February 4, 2019

    After a shaky start to the week, U.S. equity markets moved higher, capping an end to the best month for global equities in over seven years.

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  • Market Insights - January 28, 2019

    Market Insights - January 28, 2019

    President Donald Trump and members of Congress agreed to reopen the government on Friday, ending at least temporarily, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

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  • Market Insights - January 22, 2019

    Market Insights - January 22, 2019

    Despite ongoing worries of a global economic slowdown and the continued U.S. government shutdown, U.S. equity markets rose for the fourth straight week.

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  • Market Insights - January 14, 2019

    Market Insights - January 14, 2019

    The equity markets moved broadly higher last week, largely on U.S.-China trade optimism, and dovish sentiment from Fed officials.

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  • Market Insights - January 7, 2019

    Market Insights - January 7, 2019

    The turn of the year also brought elevated volatility to funding markets, which put the differences between LIBOR and SOFR on full display.

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  • Market Insights - December 17, 2018

    Market Insights - December 17, 2018

    The recent bout of market volatility seems to be accelerating into year-end as concerns over economic growth prospects and geopolitical risks take center stage.

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  • Market Insights - December 10, 2018

    Market Insights - December 10, 2018

    The markets went for a ride last week as investors had to square their optimism around the prospect for an end to the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.

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  • Market Insights - December 3, 2018

    Market Insights - December 3, 2018

    Minutes for Nov FOMC meeting suggest the Fed remains on its current trajectory of targeted increases in the Fed Funds rate while keeping an eye of the risks these hikes may have on continued growth.

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  • Market Insights - November 26, 2018

    Market Insights - November 26, 2018

    The recent round of market volatility continued during the Thanksgiving holiday shortened week, with equities falling nearly 5%, WTI Crude falling approximately 10.5%, and the 10-year Treasury note...

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  • Market Insights - November 19, 2018

    Market Insights - November 19, 2018

    A strong risk-off sentiment took hold last week on the back of declining equities, commodities, and bond yields.

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  • Market Insights - November 13, 2018

    Market Insights - November 13, 2018

    As was widely anticipated, the FOMC kept the policy rate unchanged at a range of 2.0% to 2.25%. There were some small changes to the language in the policy statement...

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  • Market Insights – November 5, 2018

    Market Insights – November 5, 2018

    The jobs report surprised to the upside last week, as the labor market added 250,000 positions in October, relative to a consensus expectation for a gain of 200,000.

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  • Market Insights – October 29, 2018

    Market Insights – October 29, 2018

    Equity market volatility continued to drive activity in the fixed income markets last week, bringing the 10-year Treasury note back below 3.10%.

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  • Market Insights – October 22, 2018

    Market Insights – October 22, 2018

    Rates continued their flattening trend last week, led by weakness on the front-end of the curve as the Fed minutes were interpreted by the market to be somewhat hawkish.

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  • 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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