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BlackRock expands retirement business with new bond NEW YORK: BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, is expanding its push into the retirement market with a new set of bond funds tied to indexes that track an individual's expected annual retirement income once he or she reaches age 65. The new funds, which BlackRock is targeting at investors over 55, are linked to a series of retirement benchmark indexes the company launched in July. The index series, called CoRI Indexes, allow pre-retirees to calculate an estimate of how much their current savings would produce in annual income when they turn 65, or conversely, how much they would need to save to reach a certain annual lifetime income level upon retiring. "We designed CoRI to be an investable index," said Chip Castille, head of BlackRock's US retirement group, in a press briefing in New York on Wednesday. The five new funds ...

US bond prices rise on weak payrolls data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Friday with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in about three weeks, as government data showed job growth unexpectedly slowed in December, raising some doubts about the economic recovery. The surprise setback in labor conditions also raised bets the Federal Reserve will at least not accelerate its pace of stimulus reduction that began this month, traders said. The bond market initially rallied on the news that US employers ...
US 10-year Treasury auction fetches 3.01 percent WASHINGTON: The US Treasury sold $21 billion in 10-year bonds Wednesday at a high yield of 3.01 percent, a sharp rise from 2.82 percent in December.The Treasury said 21.49 percent was allotted at the high yield.The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.68, with direct bidders taking up 13.62 percent of the issue and indirect bidders getting 46.62 percent. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
US 10-year yield at 2-year high, stocks rally NEW YORK/PARIS: US benchmark government bond yields rose above 3 percent, hitting a two-and-a-half year high on Friday, while major global equity markets extended gains to a seventh day in a broad year-end surge.The US 10-year Treasury note yield rose to a high of 3.02 percent, reflecting signs of improvement in the US economy and expectations that the Federal Reserve will steadily withdraw stimulus that kept a lid on interest rates for several years. The ...
US municipal bond market smallest in nearly four years WASHINGTON: The US municipal bond market shrank to $3.686 trillion in the third quarter of the year, the smallest since the end of 2009, from $3.721 trillion in the second quarter of the year, according to Federal Reserve data released on Monday. Households held $1.64 trillion bonds in the quarter, the lowest since the final quarter of 2006 and less than the $1.67 trillion they held in the second quarter, according to the ...
Bonds retrace earlier losses; investors mull Fed policy NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields were little changed on Friday after a strong jobs report had sent them surging to their highest since September, as investors evaluated when the Federal Reserve is likely to begin paring its bond-purchase program.US employers added 203,000 jobs in November and the jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 7.0 percent, raising expectations the Federal Reserve will begin paring its bond-purchase program in coming months.But Treasuries were volatile and ...
Prices gain as retail sales disappoint NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields fell on Friday after data showed that US retail sales rose less than expected in August, pointing to slower growth before the Federal Reserve's highly anticipated meeting next week, where it is expected to announce it will reduce its bond purchases.The White House, reacting to a report in a Japanese newspaper that Lawrence Summers would soon be named to head the Federal Reserve, said no decision had been made yet, ...

 



 
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