The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) over the weekend, the biggest bank failure in U.S. history after Washington Mutual in 2008, seemingly caught both regulators and markets off guard, and triggered fears of contagion across the global banking sector. In response, on Sunday night (March 12), U.S. policymakers (the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) announced emergency measures to shore up the U.S. banking system.
The “IKEA effect” describes a cognitive bias that happens when people put in some form of labor to complete a project or finish a creation. Direct indexing won’t solve the behavior gap, but it has the potential to create better investor behaviors by allowing investors to play a larger role in the portfolio-building process.
China’s decision to relax strict lockdowns has investors re-evaluating their assumptions. Chief Investment Strategist for EMEA and APAC Wouter Sturkenboom explores how China’s reopening may change the global investment outlook.
Head of U.S. Securitized Products John Kerschner and Portfolio Manager Nick Childs explain why they believe key risks are now largely priced in to fixed income markets, with selective areas – particularly mortgage-backed securities (MBS) – presenting an opportunity to provide favorable rick-adjusted returns.
The FederalReserve’s Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) finishes its May meetings on monetary policy today. The Fed is expected raise interest rates by 50 basis points, which would be the first rate hike of more than 25 basis points since 2000.
The stimulus actions employed by central banks since the start of the pandemic have dramatically altered the fixed income landscape. Are rates stuck near zero for the foreseeable future, or will inflation and a growing debt mountain force a change?
U.S. Treasury yields rose again after U.S. consumer price inflation surprised marginally to the upside. The European Central Bank (ECB) delivered a dovish hike last week, and all eyes are on the U.S. Federal Reserve this week.
We‘re in an unprecedented macro environment that is driving constant shifts in the market narrative: from hopes of avoiding recession to fears good macro news could be bad for markets in just a few months. We see the market moving with data as if we’re in a normal business cycle.
At Morningstar Investment Management, our asset allocation approach has drawn on our research spanning five decades. Some lessons have stood the test of time and continue to inform our thinking today. We unpack five key lessons that we believe are vital to be a great asset allocator today.