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Avoiding a Pension Risk Management Apocalypse

Placing money into a secure vault has long been equated with safety. Cautious individuals have used this approach for centuries, accepting zero gross returns in exchange for protection against loss of principal. And although the thesaurus suggests “vault” and “safe” are synonyms, the strategy can be anything but, sometimes blowing up with apocalyptic destructive power.

Posted by Mike Clark, Consulting Actuary, the Principal Financial Group on August 31, 2015

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Profiting from Liquidity-Driven Disturbances

Over the course of the last week’s market volatility, I’ve found myself looking past the fundamental explanations for the market actions. Instead, I’ve focused on a number of liquidity events that I find are more intriguing explanations of what’s been happening. For example, you had China’s downward movement amplified by margin calls. In a way,

Posted by Jim McCaughan, CEO, Principal Global Investors on August 31, 2015

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Weathering the Market Volatility Storm; Clear Skies on the Horizon for High Yield

Since the beginning of June, high yield spreads have widened by over 150 basis points (bps). The energy sector is trading above 1,000 bps, blowing past the December wides. And, although the rest of the high yield sectors have held up, no sector has been immune to market volatility. In light of recent market events,

Posted by Darrin Smith, Portfolio Manager, Principal Global Fixed Income on August 28, 2015

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