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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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Assessing Company Alignment with UN SDGs

Sep 14, 2020 Olga Emelianova

Five years ago, the United Nations adopted 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an effort to end extreme poverty, reduce inequity and protect the planet by 2030. Using a new tool, we examine whether companies are walking the walk.

Missed Rents’ Impact on Real Estate
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Missed Rents’ Impact on Real Estate

Sep 11, 2020 Bryan Reid, Niel Harmse

Some commercial tenants have stopped paying rent amid COVID-19. Without rental income, property funds are not able to pay distributions to shareholders and borrowers cannot service their debt. We analyzed property-fund data to assess the impact on investors.

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