June is Pride Month at Allspring—a time for celebrating our LGBTQ+ employees and their allies. Maulik Bhansali, senior portfolio manager and co-head of the Core Fixed Income team, and Marilyn Johnson, senior investment content manager on Allspring’s Content Marketing team and co-lead of the firm’s LGBTQ+ Connectivity Group, discuss Maulik’s insights on intersectionality in his life and coming out professionally.
Join Kevin Johnson, CFA, head of Platform Distribution, and Christopher Lee, CFA, senior portfolio manager on the Plus Fixed Income team, as they discuss the current market environment and how adding short duration income to a portfolio may help investors find consistency through inconsistent markets.
The first six months of 2022 saw a precipitous 20% drop in the S&P 500 Index, plunging equities into their 15th bear market in the past 100 years. We’re now 16 months into this bear market—are investors prepared for what happens next?
Many factors must come together to yield good retirement outcomes. One of those critical inputs? The retirement date.
This episode is a follow-up discussion to a previous podcast from December 2022, titled Tickling the Dragon’s Tail.
If you haven’t read the latest revision to Actuarial Standard of Practice No. 4 (ASOP 4)*, or if you still have questions, it’s not too late. We break it down here, focusing on what it is, why it matters, and how it might affect investment portfolios. That’s crucial for pension plan sponsors, but it’s also essential information for other stakeholders, including bond investors.
Jeff Weaver, head of Global Liquidity Solutions, and Henri Proutt, portfolio specialist for the Global Liquidity Solutions team, discuss the May 3, 2023, interest rate hike by the FOMC, or Federal Open Market Committee.
Janet Rilling, CFA, head of Plus Fixed Income, and Danny Sarnowski, portfolio specialist for Plus Fixed Income, discuss the costs investors can face as they wait for a “Goldilocks moment” to add duration to their fixed income portfolios following a period of monetary policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to hike its key interest rate, the federal funds rate, by 25 basis points (bps; 100 bps equal 1.00%), to a range of 5.00% to 5.25%. Despite the banking sector’s ongoing wobbles—most recently, First Republic Bank’s takeover by JP Morgan over the past weekend—the FOMC sees fighting inflation as its highest priority.
Climate transition strategies involve challenging implementation questions. Among the most important: “Which index should we use?”