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  • A low-return environment like Japan requires a higher-risk approach, said Daisuke Hamaguchi , the PFA's investment chief, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

    Japan Pension Fund Seeks Risk

  • In such an uncertain, low-return world, five-year Treasury investors of both ilks seem willing to risk a negative real return in exchange for perceived safety.

    Treasurys Tip Negative

  • Though a small portion of total holdings, the Groupon investment alone could bump net asset value over 2%—hardly chump change in this low-return environment.

    Groupon Triggers Mutual Appreciation

  • Workers who are risk-averse can invest their contributions in safe low-return instruments like government bonds. pseudonymous in nc Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » The Other Public Sector Pension Problem

  • "We are in a low-return environment with a lot of downside risk," said Joseph Dear , Calpers chief investment officer.

    Pensions Wrestle With Return Rates

  • But achieve half that deficit reduction through revenue enhancement and economic growth generated by a redirection of government spending away from low-return subsidies and towards investment in infrastructure, the clean energy sector, and research and development, plus short-term stimulus through extended unemployment insurance and a payroll tax moratorium.

    Peter M. Shane: Memo to Obama: Use Market Jitters to Seize the Initiative

  • And with the yield at around 5%, in such a low-return world, investors have reason to buy in and wait for interest rates, eventually, to rise.

    Playing the Yield on Federated

  • With many analysts and economists cautioning that stocks are unlikely to break out of their low-return pattern anytime soon—the Dow Jones industrials remain almost 14% below their October 2007 record high—savvy investors should put fees at the top of their fund-selection criteria, say analysts.

    Why Fund Fees Barely Budge

  • UBS believes it will gain a competitive advantage by being so well capitalized, but investors fear that Mr. Ermotti is too reluctant to quit low-return businesses; the investment bank will be set only a 10% core Tier 1 hurdle, suggesting a large degree of cross-subsidy.

    Fragile Rebound for UBS

  • That is especially important in a low-return environment.

    Where to Put Your Money in 2012


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