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Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - April 25 - Weekly Market Update

On April 17th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that median weekly earnings for the nation’s 104.3 million full-time workers grew 3% from the year prior. Prices rose at a 1.4% rate for the same period, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U), a positive development for the beleaguered workforce. This was the first time since 2009 that wages grew at a faster pace than the 2001 to 2014 average of roughly 2.5%, perhaps signaling a turning point for the U.S. labor market.

Tag(s): Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services;

Healthcare Reform Update - April 24, 2014

Articles include: When Can An Individual Enroll in a Federally-Facilitated Marketplace Plan Outside of Open Enrollment? HHS Issues Proposed Regulations on Exchange and Insurance Marketplace Standards Indexed Cost-Sharing Dollar Values Released for 2015 Employers Should Prepare to Receive Premium Tax Credit Notices

Tag(s): Healthcare Reform; Health & Welfare;

Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - April 18 - Weekly Market Update

It may have been a bumpy ride, but last week equities started to rebound from early-April losses. Buoyed by Yellen’s dovish comments, disappointed by two tech giants, and then inspired by a below-expectations jobless claims number and more earnings announcements, it seems like investors may be grasping at straws. The one segment that has been able to generate continual buzz is the IPO market, and investors desperate for growth are beginning to salivate over the expected listing of Alibaba in the coming week.

Tag(s): Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services;

Gallagher Credit and Political Risk Insurance Report and Market Update - January 2014

“Political risk in emerging markets is expected to heighten in 2014 as governments look to balance lower economic growth with the increased expectations of their growing populations” (Lloyd’s of London, January 2014). Arthur J. Gallagher's Credit and Political Risk Insurance (CPRI) Market Update for January 2014 summarizes the changes in line structure and tenors available from commercial CPRI insurers since the last report in July 2013. The summary reflects the outcome of reinsurance negotiations where renewals have been completed in the intervening period - as well as the arrival of any new insurers. This report also features the economic impact of global market fluctuations as well as the financial implications of political unrest in various areas throughout the world.

Tag(s): Trade Credit & Political Risk; Global Risk Management;

Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - April 14 - Weekly Market Update

Record corporate cash hoard burning a hole in some pockets? Why dividends may be back in vogue. Corporate profitability in the U.S. has recovered aggressively since the financial crisis/market bottom, but in large part that is thanks to cost cutting. Now corporations are holding record amounts of cash on their books and deciding to return it to shareholders via dividends. Can they not find intriguing projects to invest in, given the tepid economic growth expected in coming years? Are dividends more attractive than buybacks given the market is at all time highs?

Tag(s): Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services;