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Views from the CIO: Bank of Japan’s Negative Interest Rate Policy, is the U.S. next?

In another effort to jump-start the stagnant Japanese economy, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) unexpectedly announced on January 29th that it was cutting its benchmark interest rate to -0.1%. The negative rate applies only to excess balances that exceed reserve requirements, thereby encouraging banks to increase their loans (risk-taking) in order to avoid the negative

Posted by Mustafa Sagun, Chief Investment Officer, Principal Global Equities on February 12, 2016

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Pounding the Economic Drum: Yellen Addresses Market Volatility Concerns

Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairwoman Janet Yellen is in a tough spot. Markets are pounding the drums with a gloomy message of economic catastrophe on what seems like a daily basis. “Risk off,” the markets say; still the U.S. economy—driven by domestic demand—continues on in the face of higher U.S. dollar, falling oil prices, and the

Posted by Byron Carson, Portfolio Manager, Principal Global Fixed Income on February 12, 2016

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Fiscal Policy and Volatility

How could a change in fiscal policy impact market volatility? In a recent webcast focused on ongoing market volatility featuring Mustafa Sagun, David Blake, and me, I answered this question and more. Watch this video below and to watch the webcast in its entirety, visit Perspectives on Market Movements in 2016.   Follow Principal Global

Posted by Jim McCaughan, CEO, Principal Global Investors on February 12, 2016

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