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Employment Report

Fed's Words Mean More Than Actions

04/27/2016

The Fed holding steady on rates in April was long anticipated. But expectations for the Fed’s next meeting in June are looking a lot less certain according to our US Capital Markets Research & Strategy team.

Greg Meier

Decision Days: Key Data Points to Watch for in the Week Ahead

04/22/2016

All eyes are on the Bank of Japan and the Fed as policymakers are set to meet next week—bringing monetary decisions to the forefront for global investors, says US Investment Strategist Greg Meier.

Webinar: The New Rules for Retirement-Plan Advice

04/22/2016

For actionable advice on how the DOL's fiduciary ruling will affect retirement-plan advisors, register for the April 28 Pensions & Investments and InvestmentNews webinar with Glenn Dial.

Paul Strand

Despite Meltdown, Oil-Price Outlook Improving

04/19/2016

With oil production falling and demand expected to grow, inventories should decline and prices should increase. Portfolio Manager Paul Strand says the "right" price for oil is near the mid-$50s, which makes energy an attractive buy at today's levels.

Walter Price

Are FANG Stocks Long in the Tooth?

04/15/2016

It's hard to get too negative on the outlook for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, writes Portfolio Manager Walter Price. Just keep in mind that even fast-growing companies eventually reach their market potential and see their growth rates decline.

Neil Dwane

What Does 'Brexit' Mean for Investors?

04/15/2016

UK citizens will soon vote on a potential "British exit" from the European Union, which Neil Dwane says would have distinctly different effects on the UK and EU. But even if the referendum fails, other political issues will vex Europe and the markets.

Project M

A Better Way to Manage Risks at the Plan Level

04/13/2016

A recent series of financial shocks has raised questions about some fundamental risk-management strategies—particularly diversification. Tactical asset allocation is one answer, says our Multi Asset team, but dynamic risk mitigation may be more viable.

Peter Lefkin

Final Fiduciary Duty Rule Is Just Getting Started

04/13/2016

At 923 pages, the US Department of Labor's recently released final fiduciary duty rule is a long and complex slog. Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, provides some clarity to help financial advisors move forward.

Call Replay: Final Fiduciary Rule—What You Need to Know

04/08/2016

Now that the Obama administration has issued its long-anticipated final fiduciary rule, many in the financial services industry are facing a radically new regulatory environment. Learn about the new rule's full impact with our recent conference call.

Webcast Replay: How a Fiduciary Standard and the 2016 Elections Could Change Your World

04/07/2016

If you've got questions about how the DOL fiduciary rule or 2016 presidential race could affect your clients, we've got answers. Listen to our free InvestmentNews webcast featuring Consuelo Mack, Peter Lefkin and Kristina Hooper.

Peter Lefkin

Department of Labor Fiduciary Duty Regulation in 2016

Q&A with Peter Lefkin

04/05/2016

Fiduciary duty regulation looks to be hotly debated in 2016. Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, answers the most pressing questions.

Jobs report

March Jobs Report: Labor Force Growth Steals the Show

04/01/2016

Our US Capital Markets Research & Strategy team says the strength of the March US jobs report is the result of persistent hiring and labor market expansion.

Peter Lefkin

Fear and Loathing on the GOP Campaign Trail

Inside the Beltway

03/31/2016

In a political season that astonishes, Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, explains how the GOP's good intentions have been cast aside by primary voters in a lurch toward the abyss.

Employment Report

Fed Is Desperately Seeking ... Inflation?

03/17/2016

The FOMC showed patience by holding rates steady at their last meeting, says our US Capital Markets Research and Strategy Team, but stubbornly low inflation persists. Investors should watch a range of inflation measures for clues about the next hike.

Walter Price

Silicon Valley Insights for Tech Investors

03/16/2016

Portfolio Manager Walter Price's latest dispatch from San Francisco probes the user-growth struggles plaguing Yelp and Twitter, Apple’s push toward more upgrades and novel products, and the "difficult moment" facing Tesla’s Elon Musk.

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