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What does Saudi Arabia inclusion mean for EM investors?

Feb 5, 2019 Saurabh Katiyar
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What Fed monetary policy has meant for factors

Feb 6, 2019 Raina Oberoi, Abhishek Gupta

As interest rates in the U.S. started increasing in late 2015, many investors expressed concerns over the impact that rising rates could have on their investments. However, the tone of the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) shifted from “we’re a long way from neutral” in October last year to a more accommodative stance of “we will be patient” early this year, re-emphasizing that expression at the January 2019 Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

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Is MBS refinance risk increasing?

Oct 12, 2018 Joy Zhang

With the Federal Reserve raising interest rates and the majority of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) under the refinance threshold, how much do investors need to worry about refinance risk? Our model indicates that future refinance regimes would be similar to recent 2016 experiences, and this view is consistent with current behavior of MBS empirical durations. However, investors may want to remain vigilant, as the recent trend toward looser mortgage credit standards by agencies and regulators could increase the prepayment intensity of future refinance waves.

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A default wave for Chinese consumer ABS?

Nov 18, 2019 Jian Chen, Yini Yang

The default rate for auto loans in Chinese consumer asset-backed securities increased rapidly in recent months, and China may be moving toward a more borrower-friendly bankruptcy regime. Could this   lead to even higher default rates?

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Have regional equity-market correlations risen?

Nov 15, 2019 Guido Giese, Roman Kouzmenko

Global equity investors use regions as building blocks in asset allocation, typically segregating markets by how developed they are and by geography. Has globalization reduced the potential for geographical portfolio diversification?

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