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When Black Swans Appear in Financial Markets

…Slade is also a frequent contributor of economic and financial market blogs to Pentegra’s Talk to a Specialist website and the financial media. Prior to joining Pentegra, Mr. Slade was a Senior Quantitative Analyst at Citigroup Asset Management, providing asset allocation and quantitative stock screening…

Financial Markets and the Economy: 5 Things to Look for in 2017

A blog by Frederic Slade, CFA, Assistant Vice President and Senior Director, Investments, Pentegra Retirement Services – January 17, 2017 When projecting what the main drivers of the capital markets and the world economies will be in the upcoming year, I am reminded of the…

Pensions, Retirement and Markets: 5 Questions for 2018

…economic and financial market blogs to Pentegra’s Talk to a Specialist website and the financial media. Prior to joining Pentegra, Mr. Slade was a Senior Quantitative Analyst at Citigroup Asset Management, providing asset allocation and quantitative stock screening for mutual fund products. Prior to Mr….

When “Crystal Balls” Become Cloudy: A Look at Market Forecasts

…experts often cannot forecast volatile and complex markets, what is an investor to do? A few suggestions to consider: First, diversify one’s portfolio, allocating among stocks and bonds. Second, maintain a long term view since markets have generally corrected themselves after severe up or down…

What Is Behind The Market Correction?

A blog by Frederic P. Slade, CFA, Assistant Vice President, Senior Director of Investments, Pentegra Retirement Services – September 1, 2015 Since August 17, the S&P 500 Index and the Russell 2000 Index, both broad measures for large and small United States stocks, have fallen…

Pensions, Retirement and Markets: Five Questions for 2020

and ETF premiums and discounts from net asset values. Market trends suggest continued growth and demand for ETFs by investors and advisors in 2019 and 2020, despite some leveling off in 2018. The chart below shows U.S. ETF assets at $3.4 trillion at the end…

Can Pension Plans Help the Economy?

…bridges, highways, rail, airports and utilities. Increased Infrastructure spending has been endorsed by both presidential candidates and is expected to be front and center for fiscal policy going forward. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has invested $3 billion in both US and non-US…