Warren Buffet once famously described derivatives as “financial weapons of mass destruction”. The ‘Sage of Omaha’, in one of his annual letters to shareholders in his Berkshire Hathaway company,...
A crucial question in the investment strategy for a defined benefit pension fund is how this strategy will influence the time evolution of the funding level, i.e. the ratio of assets divided by liabilities....
Political focus on promoting long-term finance could be detrimental to insurance industry, warns European Commission's former Solvency II leader
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On March 7, 2009 the Bank of England began its aggressive policy of monetary stimulus, slashing interest rates to 0.5% and commencing quantitative easing. Now, four years on, with the UK economy teetering on the brink of a triple-dip recession, there...
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