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Market Insights
FOMC Increases Interest Rates by 0.25%
 
In September, the FOMC unanimously voted to increase interest rates by 25 basis points to a target range of 2.00% to 2.25%
Strategic
The MSIFT Ultra-Short Income Portfolio: Adapting to Change
 
Jonas Kolk, CIO & Head of Portfolio Management for the Global Liquidity team, discusses changes happening in the markets & how his liquidity strategies are able to adapt to changing market conditions.
 
 
 
 

Market Insights

FOMC Increases Interest Rates by 0.25% 

Sep 30, 2018 

In September, the FOMC unanimously voted to increase interest rates by 25 basis points to a target range of 2.00% to 2.25%
 
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Market

Key Takeaways From the Fed’s September Rate Hike 

Sep 27, 2018 

In a move expected by the markets, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) increased the federal (fed) funds rate by 0.25% at its September meeting.
 
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Market Insights

The Fed Remains on Track to Raise Rates in September 

Aug 31, 2018 

In August, the Fed indicated it was ready to raise interest rates at its September meeting. The BoE raised interest rates by 25 basis points, and the ECB remained on track to end its bond purchase program by the end of this year.
 
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Strategic

The MSIFT Ultra-Short Income Portfolio: Adapting to Change 

Aug 30, 2018 

Jonas Kolk, CIO and Head of Portfolio Management for the Global Liquidity team, discusses changes happening in the markets and how his liquidity strategies, including the MSIFT Ultra-Short Income Portfolio, are able to adapt to changing market conditions.
 
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Education

Variable Rate Demand Obligations (VRDOs) 

Aug 15, 2018 

VRDOs (also known as VRDNs) are debt instruments that generally allow issuers to receive financing at short-term rates when borrowing long-term. Making up approximately three-quarters of the total U.S. municipal money market, VRDOs can be a vital tool for municipal bond issuers seeking to diversify their debt structure and take advantage of the natural demand from tax-exempt money market funds.
 
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Education

Repurchase Agreement Primer  

Aug 15, 2018 

A repurchase agreement (also known as a repo) is a sale of securities coupled with an agreement to repurchase the securities at a specified price on a later date. It is similar to a secured loan – the cash lender loans cash to a borrower and receives the borrower's securities as collateral.
 
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Market Insights

Rates Remain Steady Amid Trade Concerns 

Jul 31, 2018 

In July, the ECB and the FOMC kept interest rates steady amid increased global concerns around tariffs and trade wars.
 
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Sustainability Council

About the Investment Management Sustainable Investing Council 

Jul 11, 2018 

The IM Sustainable Investing Council drives IM’s global effort by promoting an overall framework for integrating ESG and ESG standards into IM’s investment processes, product development, measurement, education, client engagement and reporting.
 
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Market Insights

FOMC Increases Interest Rates by 0.25% 

Jun 30, 2018 

In June, the markets were largely driven by the FOMC‘s meeting. The FOMC unanimously voted to increase interest rates by 25 basis points to a target range of 1.75%-2.00%.
 
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Sustainability Insight

Sustainable Signals 

Jun 11, 2018 

In a survey of institutional investors, 70% said they are integrating sustainable investing into their investment process, signaling just how quickly the ESG imperative is catching on.
 
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Market Insight

U.S. On Track for June Rate Hike 

May 31, 2018 

In May, trade tensions and political uncertainty concerned investors. While the U.S. is on track for a June rate hike, future monetary policy decisions in the U.K. and Eurozone remain in question.
 
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Market Insight

Mixed Economic Data and Continued Volatility Continues During April 

Apr 30, 2018 

In April, central banks' messaging about monetary policy appeared to diverge amidst mixed economic data and continued volatility.
 
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Market Insights

Fed Raises Rates in March While Other Central Banks Keep Rates on Hold 

Mar 31, 2018 

Major monetary policy updates from the Fed, ECB and the BoE during their March meetings were key market drivers during the month
 
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Market Insights

Central Banks Look to Modify 2018 Interest Rate Forecasts 

Feb 28, 2018 

Amidst uncertainty in the markets in February, central banks in both the UK and U.S. modified their rate hike outlooks for the remainder of 2018 and beyond. Similarly, the ECB announced they would revisit their monetary policy as shown in the minutes from its January meeting.
 
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Market Insights

Rates Kept on Hold in January as Investors Look For Rate Hikes Later this Year 

Jan 31, 2018 

In January, both the European Central Bank (ECB) and Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept rates on hold, while investors have increased their expectations for a rate hike later this year in the UK.
 
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Market Outlook

An Emerging Markets Approach to ESG 

Jan 05, 2018 

The Global Emerging Markets Team discusses emerging markets (EM) and the approach they use to incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their process for picking sustainable countries and companies to invest in.
 
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Market Insights

Fed Raises Interest Rates While ECB and BOE Keep Rates on Hold 

Dec 31, 2017 

In December, the FOMC raised interest rates by 0.25%, citing strong economic and labor data as the main catalysts for the rate hike. At both the ECB and BOE’s December meetings, interest rates were kept on hold.
 
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Regulatory

Basel III: Overview 

Dec 20, 2017 

Originally released in 2010, Basel III focuses on preparing for bank runs and market stress while working primarily alongside Basel I and II rather than superseding those reforms.
 
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Regulatory

Basel III: Impact on the Money Markets 

Dec 20, 2017 

Basel III—a set of comprehensive reform measures aimed at strengthening the regulation, supervision, and risk management of the banking sector—is having a profound impact on the way banks view capital and deposits from investors. The new regulations are being implemented gradually by 2019, but the effects of the provisions are already being felt in the market as banks have started to adapt their behavior in line with the new rules.
 
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Market Insight

Key Takeaways from the Fed’s Rate Rise 

Dec 15, 2017 

Following their December meeting, the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee gave market-friendly answers to several key questions.
 
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Regulatory

European Money Market Fund Reform Approved 

Dec 14, 2017 

On December 7, 2016, the Permanent Representatives Committee approved, on behalf of the Council of the European Union, an agreement with the European Parliament on money market funds.
 
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MARKET INSIGHTS

Strong Economic Data Continues Ahead of the December FOMC Meeting 

Nov 30, 2017 

In November, U.S. GDP was revised upward, while the Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time in ten years and members of the central bank in the Eurozone maintained a positive economic outlook.
 
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Sustainability Insight

Our Approach on Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors 

Oct 04, 2017 

MSIM appreciates that ESG factors can impact long-term performance. With strong support from our Corporate Governance team, our managers incorporate a deep understanding of ESG into their analysis.
 
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