Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for growth in emerging and developing economies for both 2020 and 2021. The way out wonâ€™t be easy. But not all is lost for emerging markets.
Our annual How America Saves research provides comprehensive analysis of retirement saving behavior that can help you optimize your plan and improve participant outcomes. A strong plan design can serve participants well in all marketsâ€”even those defined by heightened uncertainty and increased volatility.
The low-interest-rate environment is a favorable backdrop for developed markets to retire pandemic-related debt. Central banks, meanwhile, may soon provide guidance on how they’ll start unwinding assets.
The global pandemic has left no corner of the financial markets untouched, leading to negative growth and interest rates that have been cut to nearly zero. Today's investment environment is a challenge. Add to that a global economy most likely in a recession and that challenge is amplified.
Here is a concise summary of the year-to-year actions of the companies that sponsor the largest corporate pension plans, from 2008 to the end of 2019. And, given the unusual circumstances unfolding early this year, we expanded aspects of this analysis to include the first quarter of 2020.
A confluence of factors over the decade since the global financial crisis has steadily nudged the corporate bond market down the investment-grade quality scale. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to knock some issuers off the scale completely.