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 – 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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  • Increase Your FX Penetration and Better Serve Customers

    Increase Your FX Penetration and Better Serve Customers

    About 95% of bank accounts outside the US are denominated in some currency other than USD. Yet the percentage of wires going to international destinations in a foreign currency is in single digits.

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  • How Will Tax Reform Impact Financial Institutions’ Investment Portfolios

    How Will Tax Reform Impact Financial Institutions’ Investment Portfolios

    With the President signing off on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22nd, 2017, financial institutions (FIs) must determine how the changes will affect their business as a whole.

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  • Market Insights – April 2, 2018

    Market Insights – April 2, 2018

    The last trading week of the first quarter came to a close with little in the way of economic updates as the holiday-shortened week ended on Thursday afternoon in advance of the Easter holiday.

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  • Market Insights – March 26, 2018

    Market Insights – March 26, 2018

    As was widely expected, the FOMC voted to raise their target rate for federal funds by 25 basis points on Wednesday, to 1.75%.

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  • Market Insights – March 19, 2018

    Market Insights – March 19, 2018

    The swap curve continues to flatten, led by a relatively quick increase in the front-end of the curve, while longer term rates have been remarkably stable.

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  • Market Insights – March 12, 2018

    Market Insights – March 12, 2018

    Labor force rose by the largest amount in nearly a decade, gaining over 800,000 last month which may indicate that there is still room for the labor markets to tighten further.

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  • Market Insights – March 5, 2018

    Market Insights – March 5, 2018

    It was an interesting week for market watchers as Mr. Powell made his first remarks to Congress in his position as Chairman of the Fed.

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  • Market Insights – February 26, 2018

    Market Insights – February 26, 2018

    It was a relatively light week for economic data and flows were largely driven by a heavy debt issuance calendar.

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  • Market Insights – February 20, 2018

    Market Insights – February 20, 2018

    The economic data calendar was busy last week led by a stronger than anticipated CPI report.

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  • Market Insights – February 12, 2018

    Market Insights – February 12, 2018

    Equity markets were incredibly volatile last week, with stock prices swinging wildly in sometimes frantic trading.

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